Monthly Archives: May 2014

Explore Your Watershed 2014


Please join us for a series of walks and talks in the Six Mile Creek Natural Area, sponsored by the Friends of Six Mile Creek and the Natural Areas Commission. Meet in the parking area of the Wildflower Preserve off Giles St.
  • Plants of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve – May 10 – 1 pm: Look for spring flowers in the floodplain and old growth forests along Six Mile Creek. Led by Robert Wesley.
  • Geology of Six Mile Creek – May 18 – 9:30 am : Walk along Six Mile Creek with geologist Dan Karig and learn about the forces that have shaped the the course of this water way in both ancient and modern times.
  • Bird Watching – May 31 – 7 am: An early morning bird watching walk along Six Mile Creek led by birder and naturalist Meena Haribal. Bring your binoculars!
  • Big Trees – June 7 – 9 am : Joe McMahon will lead a walk to some of the biggest and oldest trees in the Six MIle Creek Natural Area. Prepare to be amazed!
  • Watershed Walk – July 12 – 9 am: Do you know where your water comes from? Join Roxy Johnston, Ithaca’s Watershed Coordinator, for a walk along Six Mile Creek, source of the city water supply, and learn how the current rebuild of this important system is progressing.

Reports from 2014 Nature Journaling Workshops

Animal Tracking –  Five eager young naturalists, journals in hand, explored the wilds of the Mulholland Preserve on a wintry day and, with the guidance of Linda Spielman, observed tracks of dog, deer, mouse, and fox. Most exciting was sign of a ruffed grouse bed. In the photo below, note the wing prints that were made as the bird rose from it’s nap!.

Stream Safari – A warm, sunny Saturday set the stage for the 2014 Stream Safari, which was attended by 18 kids and their parents. Phil Koons and his able assistant, Jamie Lovett, showed the group the critters they’d already collected and after the kids did some journaling, they went off with nets to see what they could find!

Ruffed grouse bed
Example page of a young naturalist journal