It’s hard not to get excited when the calendar flips to March and we can see the home stretch to summer. We begin to dream, imagine and plan for extended days outside and return visits to some of our favorite outdoor places. But don’t bypass spring, as soggy as it may be. Here are a few suggestions from Nick Saling, WLT Director of Stewardship and Land Management, for places to visit and things to look for in the coming months on WLT preserves.
North Fork Eagle Preserve: The verdant green leaves of the vine maple found along the upper trail during springtime are amazing. Consider taking part in a work party at North Fork Eagle on Saturday, May 31, 9 am- noon.
Ladies of the Lake: An inspiring and enchanting cherry tree and blooming Indian plum are visible from the center of the pasture.
Maple Creek Reach Preserve: A great place to watch for and see early migratory bird arrival. This is a stunning preserve with lots of discoveries to be made year round.
Fenton Nature Reserve: The shade of the forest next to the pond at Fenton offers a soothing and serene experience, spring through summer. There are lots of birds at Fenton and you may spot signs of resident beavers.
Edfro Creek and Port Blakely: Two lovely and fun properties to visit; both will get you up to the shoreline of the South Fork.
When visiting a WLT preserve think of yourself as a steward. Encourage the young people who may accompany you to take thoughtful ownership of the outdoor places they visit. A young tree they see there today, may one day be the tree they reach their arms around to clasp hands with their grandchildren. Take care where you tread, keeping to paths when available. View, but do your best not to disturb the wildlife. Pack out your trash and consider packing out any that others may have left behind.
Thank you for being good stewards of the land and for your continued financial support. We appreciate all the ways you support Whatcom Land Trust.