Re: [BirdYak] Snow Mountain Ranch/Cowiche Mountain - May 4
- Perhaps this year people will stop bringing dogs out. They don't belong in this setting. They are also intimidating to others, particularly if let run loose.
From: gadzooks58 <gadzooks58@...>
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2013 3:59 PM
Subject: [BirdYak] Snow Mountain Ranch/Cowiche Mountain - May 4
We hope you will join us for the field trip on May 4th. We want to let you know what we are planning for the trip and what the conditions are like at Snow Mountain. We will meet in the parking lot at 7:00 AM.
First, there have been some changes to the property. The parking lot is now crushed rock, and the large field beyond the parking lot has been plowed and is now a rather large field of dirt. There is still a nice path through the field. They are preparing to do native plant restoration in the area, and this is the first step. In addition to the upper field, the riparian area around the pond and environs has also been plowed. There is no path in this area, and walking there is like walking on a sandy beach where your feet sink into the ground with every step. It isn't bad, but if it rains we would imagine it will be quite muddy.
At any rate, we are not planning on spending much time in the lower area by the pond. We will begin by walking up the trail through the canyon and up the hill. We will take the Wildflower trail around and back down, then visit the riparian area. We did this today and it took four hours, which included plenty of time to take photos and look at the wildflowers, in addition to looking at the birds.
The trail is narrow in places with rocks and uneven footing, and when climbing the hill we realized we had been more sedentary last winter than we thought. Good thing there were lots of birds to stop and look at. We didn't see too many bugs, but we would recommend bringing insect repellent and sunscreen. Bring snacks and water if you like, but we are not planning to eat lunch there as we should be done before noon.
Any questions? Send us an email at gadzooks7@..., or call us at 225-9494.
Joe and Karen Zook
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