Thursday, August 18, 2011

Early Morning Discovery Hikes Continue!

If you haven’t attended one of the Early Morning Discovery Hikes this summer with Darke County Parks, you’re missing out! Lately, we have been travelling to many different parks, searching for as many species of birds, wildflowers, dragonflies and more that we can discover. Last week took us to the "walk-in entrance" of Shawnee Prairie Preserve, just off of Chestnut Street. We visited the marsh and walked along the path towards the model airplane flying field

“What a day for a hike! We had a nice cool, low-humidity morning for the first time in weeks,” stated Park Naturalist Robb Clifford. “Not only did we enjoy it, the birds seemed to as well, with the most activity we've seen for some time. Many birds were seen and heard that morning with the most exciting being the two Green Herons spotted within the marsh and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo fly-over. It was nice to hear and see some of the local species that have been hiding from the heat over the past few weeks.”

The Early Morning Discovery Hikes are held every Tuesday at the Nature Center and we begin at 8am. If you would like any more information, please visit our website,, or feel free to contact the Nature Center at 937-548-0165. See you on the trails!

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