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Pastor's Blog

The Hunters

October 27, 2020


Two Fridays ago I found the West Branch of the Shioc River.

Not that it was missing. 

The Heart of the Cedar Swamp

October 20, 2020


Between the dead end of Wildlife Road and the dead end of Deer Lane is the northern portion of the Navarino Cedar Swamp.  To quote the DNR’s web page about the Cedar Swamp:

Navarino Cedar Swamp supports a diverse northern wet-mesic forest, a rare natural community type for this region. Pockets of the forest are dominated by large diameter northern white cedar whereas others contain a mix of black ash with smaller diameter white cedar. Areas of higher topography contain eastern hemlock and yellow birch. 

In the Season When Each of Them Sing.

October 7, 2020


M id-morning, two Fridays ago, a pileated woodpecker was hammering away at a dead tree in the Navarino Wildlife Area just north of the Sedge Meadow trailhead.  Usually pretty jumpy, this woodpecker was hidden by foliage and apparently enjoying a big breakfast.  He remained unperturbed even by the annoying sound of opening the Velcro cover on my camera case.  He stayed hidden though, and I never got a picture.  

The grass-eaters have extended the snowmobile trail right to the edge of the Sedge Meadow, where I almost stepped on a grouse who flew up in my face.