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Backcountry Heron Hike
Nov 2, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Explore The Rookery’s namesake backcountry-style
An opportunity to visit a rarely explored area of your Geauga Park District is slated for early November, but registration is required so don’t wait to sign up.
What: Backcountry Heron Hike
When: Sunday, November 2 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road, Munson Twp.
Tucked back off trail at The Rookery, there’s a treetop colony that gives the park its name.
This 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.
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!
Again, registration is required at the website or 440-286-9516. School age and up recommended. Only the beginning portion of the hike is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.