These photos are from the May 2nd “Take a Hike” event series that the AADL hosted at the Bird Hills Nature Area on the northwest side of Ann Arbor. This park is unpaved, undeveloped, and the largest in the city at 161.66 acres!
Our guide, Dana from the local Natural Area Preserve, taught us a lot about the local nature of the area. We saw and learned about many wild flowers, such as Trillium and Jack in the Pullpit, while also learning about some of the invasive species of plants that Ann Arbor has, which the NAP often tackles with controlled burns. Speaking of controlled burns, we got to see one in action! Well, it was technically pretty fizzled out, but you can see the aftermath in the 3rd photo posted above. The controlled burns that the NAP do are usually not planned because they depend on the weather conditions (which as you know, in MI, can rarely be determined accurately!) to be just right. We arrived at 7:00pm and the walk went until 8:30pm, so we saw it as they were finishing up for the day.
Sound like fun? If you’d like to join the AADL and NAP on future nature walks, we have 3 more coming up this summer and fall!
The next walk will be Thursday June 13th, again from 7:30-8:00pm, at Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area, which is a little smaller at 81.4 acres. Visit AADL’s events page for more info!
Other upcoming Take a Hike events will be on the following dates; mark your calendars now, but keep an eye on AADL’s events page for more info as the days get closer.
- Thursday August 15th (7-8:30 p.m.) Dolph and Lakewood Nature Areas
- Sunday September 22nd (1-3 p.m.) Take an Autumn Prairie Plant Hike! @Furstenberg Nature Area