Hikes to visit the heron rookery and ravines
Two opportunities to visit rarely explored areas of your Geauga Park District are slated for early November, but registration is required for both, so don’t wait to sign up.
Tucked back off trail at The Rookery, there is a treetop colony that gives the park its name.
Sunday, November 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., is your annual chance to see one of the largest Great Blue Heron rookeries in the county, accessible only during naturalist-led programs in the autumn while the herons winter down south.
It’s the Backcountry Heron Hike at The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Munson Township.
According to historic accounts, this rookery has existed for at least 70 years in its present location. The backcountry hike includes a short introduction to the Blue Heron, acquainting you with this species’ habitat and food using pictures and props, then a 1 1/2-to-2-mile hike to visit the nesting site.
You’ll be amazed that these big stick nests manage to stay up there, way up on the top little branches of the trees!
Then, on Saturday, November 9, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., join a naturalist for a Backcountry Ravine Hike at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon Township.
This off-trail adventure will lead you to explore the beauty and discover salamanders and other residents of the forested ravines and tributary streams of Big Creek. It’s a rugged hike with slippery, wet, muddy conditions off trail, so dress appropriately.
And please remember that registration is required for both programs online or by calling 440-286-9516.