While labelled a “warbler walk” because this is an excellent time to see the lovely and elusive little fellows in Cook Forest, we’ll also be pointing out wildflowers, native trees, and non-native invasive species. Mike Leahy has an excellent skill for bringing in birds, and common participants include strikingly-bright Blackburnian warblers, tiny yet boisterous winter wrens, and hermit thrushes – who sing the favorite forest song of most who hear it.
Please bring: binoculars, water, and a layer in case of a cool morning. The hike typically follows the Longfellow, Red Eft, and Tom’s Run trails in a several-mile loop. Longfellow has at the outset a moderate incline, but we travel at a casual pace and stop frequently. We should also cross the newly re-opened bridge at CCC Shelter #1
Meet at 8 am at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Center, off Forest Road – GPS = 41.346852615, -79.2183125, which has plenty of parking, and restroom facilities. This event is free; all ages and well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. RSVP via facebook is appreciated.