Happy New Year folks! Are you ready to start birding in 2012?! Wouldnt it be great to start the year with a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker! I spotted one at Bicentennial Park located on Tipton Road, just south of the Shepard. Centennial Park is a great place to see/hear woodpeckers. For one, the Emerald Ash Borer prettry much devastated the Ash trees there. BUT….woodpeckers are not complaining. That leaves them with more trees for feeding and nesting. The park does have a few challenges however. Due to flooding a pair of sturdy waterproof boots are recommended. The trail makes a circle around the property but when I was there a few days ago I needed waders to make a complete loop. Back tracking will be necessary. I recommend you take the trail left before crossing the first bridge and cross the second bridge. It will take you along the higher and drier portion of the park. In addition to birds it’s a great place to see some old growth American Beech (Fagus grandifolia). They are amazing to see and touch with their smooth bark.
Before you leave please read the placard at the trailhead. Notice that one of the organizations which assisted in the creation of the park was the Lenawee Audubon Society. In 2011 I met several folks who are interested in trying to get the Audubon Society back in Lenawee. If you are interested please let me know by commenting here. We’ll put you on a mailing list for upcoming planning meetings.