Well, I didn’t expect to blog again so soon. I didn’t expect to blog again at all, but I figure this platform is here and waiting for me to share my adventures.
Today’s topic is about the Pike River Pathway.
The pathway project started as something much bigger than just a pathway. They needed to rework the landscape to prevent flooding. This section of the Pike River used to be no more than a drainage ditch. It was ugly and overgrown with trees and invasive plants. The town decided to use the project to also create a prairie restoration as well as adding a two mile looped pathway for walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. I consider the project a great success. It’s a much needed habitat, and a great way for humans to respectfully interact with nature. Even more exciting is that they continued the project south including another 1.5 miles of pathway, and it may go even further eventually.
Here are some photos I’ve taken over the past few years along the Pike River Pathway.
Gray-Headed Coneflowers are everywhere in late summer, along with Black-Eyed Susans, Milkweed, and Wild Bergamot, which can be seen in the background.
The area has a healthy population of Plains Garter Snakes. The second photo shows a Western Fox Snake, which is the first and only time I’ve seen one around here.
The area has at least four species of frogs: Bull Frog, Green Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, and Western Chorus Frog. American Toads can also be found. Here’s one of the larger Bull Frogs I’ve seen there.
This baby Snapping Turtle was an interesting find, which on closer inspection had some injuries which may have been a threat to its quality of life, and I wonder what became of it after I left it.
One of the most interesting finds would be this school of Bullheads, which I initially thought was a school of American Toad tadpoles.
Yet another interesting find happened just yesterday. I found a Mink running along the river. I’ve never seen a Mink before, so it was a great sight. I also saw about a dozen Muskrats and countless Mallard ducks, including two domestic Mallards. You can see them all in this video along with a slideshow at the end.
Here’s one last shot of the first river crossing.