Overview: Follow a terraced forest trail down to Tinker’s Creek on this hike lead by Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi. Several remote waterfalls (hopefully frozen) and towering shale cliffs will be visited. Please bring a light lunch and be prepared for potentially difficult mid-winter conditions.
We had a great wintry outing, with eleven Woodlands of Bedford regulars in attendance, plus two dogs. Ice was present, both on the waterfalls and in the form of needle ice. There were also places with thin ice sheets, with no water beneath due to the receding water. Here are some pictures to view of this most enjoyable hike.
Overview: Join us on the first of four hikes with Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi to experience the seasonal variations of Sagamore Creek. We will repeat this route in three future hikes in 2020. Today’s hike will include a visit to two beautiful frozen waterfalls. Please dress appropriately for expected weather conditions.
Yesterday, we had a great ‘Winter Season’ experience, exploring the area around Sagamore Creek. Although expected seasonally cold temperatures weren't present to freeze the waterfalls, the area was still quite beautiful. We enjoyed the day very much and look forward to the April Woodlands of Bedford, when we will return to see the same area during the Spring Season. Below are a few items of interest.
Overview: Explore Astrohurst Park of Bedford Reservation on this late autumn hike with Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi. We will see how nature is continuing to reclaim this golf course and discuss local history, including the town of Little Egypt.
The photo above is the view from the former 18th tee, truly a beautiful overlook. It shows the partly cloudy, pleasant December conditions, with wind being at a minimum. What you can't see, is the American Black Duck swimming along in Tinker's Creek below.
Overview: Explore special remote locations on the north side of Bedford Reservation during this hike with Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi. Visit spectacular waterfalls and significant historic sites during this investigation of the natural beauty of our metropark.
In addition to enjoying a wonderful sunny autumn day, we were mostly focused upward:
Our group had an excellent time exploring the site of the old Girl Scout Cabin and beyond. We even rescued a lost dog, which had escaped its concerned owner!
Here are Frank's photos and Fred and Brian's photos to share.
Woodlands of Bedford: Fall Color Hike
Overview: Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi will lead this saunter through a deeply forested area showing fall colors. This hike includes a tour of the Powers Mill historic site. A camera is recommended to capture the beautiful scenery.
We enjoyed a great fall outing! The trees were not prime color, but we still had fun exploring all the beauty that autumn has to offer. We covered 1.5 miles including a 300 foot climb.
The photo on the left shows the Pontius Dam of Power's Mill. Review the Summit Memory link below for artwork showing Power's Mill from the 1920s.
We especially appreciated the beauty of a newly emerged mushroom called Sulphur Shelf Mushroom. Visit the link below for more details.
Thanks to Frank for sharing his photos!
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Overview: We will explore the forest of Bedford Reservation, including both the dry uplands and the floodplain along Tinker’s Creek. Many different tree species will be revealed by Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi as we enjoy the last few days of summer.
We had a great outing this past Saturday, enjoying the weather and the company of fellow hikers all interested in the magnificent forest we have in Bedford Reservation. Thanks to Frank for sharing his beautiful photos.I hope to see everyone next month, when we will return to the same area, but there will be a lot more color to the leaves.
Overview: Join Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi for this exploration up Hemlock Creek to see Vulcan Rock. Wettable footwear is a must as we splash along this tributary of Tinker’s Creek.
It was a great day to walk Hemlock Creek, both for the water level and the weather. We all enjoyed this summer outing very much! Thanks to Frank for sharing his beautiful photos with us. Also, thanks to Andrine for pointing out all the wonderful fossils.Honeylocust. The leaves on Honeylocust can be doubly compound. In addition, the injured caterpillar was a Five-Spotted Hawkmoth, which has another name Tomato Hornworm.
Overview: This hike was supposed to be the Tinker’s Creek Stream Walk, but conditions merited a change to a smaller creek, Sagamore Creek, that had much more acceptable water levels.
Although we were saddened to see thunderstorms pass just before the hike started, we persevered by targeting a smaller creek. I consider Sagamore Creek to be a mini-version of Tinker's Creek and it did not disappoint.
We enjoyed many natural pleasures but the insects were among the most interesting: a Horntail Wasp, two Striped Fishing Spiders, pair of mating Bumblebees and many parasitic wasp cocoons on a Catalpa Spinx Moth caterpillar.
Here are some additional information from this very enjoyable creek walk.
Overview: On this outing led by Volunteer Naturalist Fred Losi we will focus on woodland plants, especially ferns species, including some that are locally rare. We will also discuss history while visiting The Arch and view impressive sandstone cliffs above Tinker’s Creek.
We had a great outing visiting The Arch, studying geology and looking at plants and wildlife in the area. During our two mile hike over 3.5 hours, we also visited a beautiful secluded waterfalls as a bonus. Here are links to detail that can help you appreciate this outing.Bedford Nature Calendar. Happy Summer!
Overview: Join volunteer naturalist Fred Losi for a walk through the emerging open field habitat of Astorhurst in search of butterflies. Along the way, we will note other late spring wonders such as wildflowers and migrating birds.
For early May, the butterflies were cooperative, with seven species being noted. The group was engaged with many additional subjects including plants, mushrooms and birds. Thanks to Frank for posting these beautiful pictures to add to our overlook group photo.
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