Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center -- Heron Marsh (10 July 2012)

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Nature Walk
10 July 2012

Paul Smiths College Visitor Interpretive Center -- Royal Fern growing on a rock in Barnum Brook (10 July 2012) Royal Fern on Barnum Brook (10 July 2012)

On 10 July, VIC naturalist Sarah Keyes led a nature walk focused on Adirondack wetlands.  We focused on three different types of wetlands: marsh, bog, and swamp.  The walk covered the Heron Marsh Trail, the old Blue Dot Trail, the Barnum Brook Trail, and the Boreal Life Trail.  Highlights of the walk included some excellent views of a Common Yellowthroat on the margins of Heron Marsh, from an overlook.  We also observed a host of Ebony Jewelweed damselflies fluttering around the bridge over Barnum Brook.

On the Heron Marsh Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:

Red-eyed Vireo Black-capped Chickadee
Common Yellowthroat Swamp Sparrow
Hermit Thrush Blue Jay


On the Barnum Brook Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:

Common Yellowthroat Black-throated Green Warbler
Northern Parula Magnolia Warbler
Broad-winged Hawk Winter Wren
Hermit Thrush  


On the Boreal Life Trail, we saw or heard the following birds:

Black-throated Blue Warbler Hermit Thrush
Nashville Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet Blue-headed Vireo
Hermit Thrush American Crow
Northern Parula  


We also observed a number of wildflowers in bloom:

Common Wood Sorrel Spreading Dogbane
White Water-lily Pickerelweed
Marsh Cinquefoil Pitcher Plant
Rose Pogonia Grass Pink
Cotton Grass Dewdrop
Yellow Pond Lily Spotted Touch-Me-Not
Cow-wheat White Fringed Orchid
Roundleaf Sundew Hop clover
St. John's Wort Meadow Sweet


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