Highlights of the Trails
The Entrance Trail from the parking lot leads to a kiosk, where you can register and take advantage of our educational displays and literature. Seasonal wildflowers border the path through this successional field. Listen for the song of the Yellow Warbler from May to June.
Duck Pond Trail
This short trail leads to a viewing platform over looking a cattail marsh. In Spring, listen for the sound of peepers and green frogs, watch for Green and Great Blue Herons, Swamp Sparrows and Red-winged blackbirds.
Song Bird Trail
In spring and fall, watch for warblers flying from the large butternut tree to the gray-stemmed and red-osier dogwoods. In winter, look for small nests of warblers that were occupied last spring. Listen for Ruffed Grouse and Catbirds.
Early spring flowers such as marsh marigold and blue cohosh grace this trail. Weasel and fox have been sighted here. In summer, a sharp eye and a quiet manner might reward the visitor with a view of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding from the jewelweed blossoms. Look for the yellow blossoms of witch hazel in late October.
This is the easement road for Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. Note the difference between Virginia creeper and poison ivy. Early in the morning one might see a Wood Thrush or a Veery along the trail or hear the Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing while sunning itself on a treetop. White-tailed deer often run along this trail in the morning or evening.
Both narrow and broadleaf cattails, as well as purple loosestrife and swamp milkweed can be identified from the boardwalk. This is a prime habitat for woodpeckers, Red-winged Blackbirds and Swamp Sparrows. Around and below the boardwalk live snapping turtles. In spring and summer, listen to the concert of spring peepers and other frogs.
Warblers and other colorful birds frequent this fern covered area. Look for the American Redstart, Red-bellied Woodpecker and Scarlet Tanager. Squirrels and chipmunks scamper among the ash and maples that shade marsh marigold and foam flower.
Trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and trout lily grow throughout this thicket in spring. Sightings of thrushes, tanagers and vireos are frequent during spring migration - especially in mid-May.
Along the wet area, spicebush line the path. As the path becomes drier, note the red oak, sugar maple, American beech and tulip trees. Listen during an evening visit for the hoot of the Great Horned Owl or the drumming of the Ruffed Grouse.
See if you can find an American chestnut tree that survives near the edge of the woods. Scan the treetops bordering the meadow for
hawks and owls. Deer feed at the prickly ash hedgerow. In the meadow, Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow nest. Many species of butterflies visit Indian hemp and other wildflowers to sip nectar.
Way Pond Trail
Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, and Wood Ducks may be seen here. Watch for Belted Kingfisher, as well as Green and Great Blue Heron. Painted turtles sun themselves on the logs. In fall, prickly ash and elderberry fruit attract flocks of Cedar Waxwings. In the summer, dragonflies and damselflies dart along the pond’s edge.