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5/12/12 HERON Hike/Festival

May 9, 2012

For the past 6 years now, we have scheduled a Hike at the Largest Great Blue Heron nesting site in S.E. Michigan, Holland Ponds Park. The original Hike was a suggestion from longtime member Ashok, and the Hike still holds his name.

So this Saturday, 5/12/12, 12pm-2pm at Holland Ponds Park, we will be doing our Ashok Heron Hike. We meet in the parking area off of Ryan rd., just north of 22 mile rd. in Shelby Twp.

The Park is small, but our main purpose is to show you all this one of a kind place. We will take a short Hike to the Heronry and enjoy watching the Herons on their nests. Their are 39 active nests there, and I am sure many of you will return to watch the youngsters as they grow, emerge to the edge of the nests, test their wings and eventually fledge the nests, to hopefully return next year and start their own families.

Since this will be a short Hike, some of you may want to catch the Shadbush Nature Center’s Heron Fest/Spring Celebrations taking place at both the Park and back at the Nature Center, located in River Bends Park, just up Ryan rd. from Holland ponds. We have included the Nature Centers agenda for the day as well as the Ashok heron Hike details, so you can make an afternoon of it, if you desired.

This is an amazing, and unique place, that IS the largest Great Blue Heronry in S.E. Michigan. Come on our and take a look. We will also have colored Park Maps for all in attendance.

You can download a Flyer with more details for both gatherings here:  ASHOK HERON FESTIVAL & SHADBUSH SPRING FEST

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