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Dauner-Martin HIKE reviewed

May 22, 2011

Had a wonderful Hike out at the Dauner-Martin Sanctuary today. A perfect more then Spring afternoon. About 80 degrees and sunny. No real SKEETERS out yet, but they are a tryin. Soon……
We kinda broke into two groups on this Hike. A faster paced group that covered the whole eastern side of the Park with the main group, and then managed to cover the loop around the western end as well. We all joined forces one the Return trail, to again split up. Some ended the day and headed back to the parking area, and the rest of us went in search of the Black Gum tree stand. We found it near the pond in the center of the Park. The Gum doesn’t flow until September, but we now have an exact location for the trees.
About 6 of us finished the day at the Fenton grill, for more food then any of us could eat. GREAT meals around. Excellent Hike with many knowledgeable people along for this one. Those are my personal favorite kinds of Hikes. Some one knows something about everything we come across.
Thanks to the Michigan Nature Association for putting on this Hike and for helping all of us understand the Sanctuary at Dauner-Martin, a little better. We look forward to our next Hike together.


New HERONS Video

May 9, 2011

We have been following one specific nest at the Holland Ponds, Heron Rookery, in Shelby Twp.  Out of the almost 50 pairs of great Blue Herons nesting here for 2011, we have selected one nest to watch and follow through the season.

So far, this nest has produced two healthy youngsters. Most Herons produce two or three youngsters a nesting season. Once hatched, the youngsters grow at an amazing rate. Which means both heron parents spend most of every day, taking turns in going hunting and bring food back to the nest. One adult stays with the chicks, while the other fetches food. And so it goes, all day, every day, until the chicks are fledged from the nest.

We will be watching this here on the HM Blog as well as on the Holland Ponds Park……Facebook page. We will be taking new video about every 4-6 days as the young Herons grow quickly. Stay tuned for the next installment. There are two videos taken before this one, and can be viewed either on the HM YOU-TUBE web site, or on the Holland Ponds facebook page at:   HOLLAND PONDS FRIENDS

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