Day Trip from the Twin Cities | Hiking in Taylors Falls
Hiking trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA
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Hiking Fern Dell Gorge
With 23 miles of flowing waterway, Nippersink Creek is the largest tributary to the Fox River.
Paddle through restored prairies and wetlands that offer plenty of sunshine and expansive vistas. Look down into the clear waters to catch glimpses of any one of 40+ species of fish that travel through; and watch and listen for birds of all kinds, especially Red-winged blackbirds who perch on the plant stalks near the banks, or swallows that skim over the water catching bugs. Great blue herons and white egrets are plentiful while kingfishers may be spied nearby. Grassland birds like bobolinks and dicksissels hide in the prairie but if you listen closely you may hear their bubbling and buzzing calls. Muskrats are common but Nippersink Creek is also home to beavers, as well as reports of river otters.
Nippersink Creek is a wilderness getaway that provides excellent wildlife watching AND… It is never the same ride twice, so be sure to return often and in different seasons.
Grasslands – The Secret to the Rescue
On any given day, you will find numerous souls walking, running or biking the Rollins Savana trials in Grayslake, Illinois which also connects to the Millennium Trail to the North and South, enjoying the peaceful beauty of what a grassland habitat provides.
The space is the most important ingredient in building a grassland bird habitat. A minimum of 150 acres is needed, undivided by roads, in order for many species to breed successfully.
The land used in this grassland restoration project passed through a number of hands before becoming a preserve in the late 1980’s. Rollins Savanna in is now one of Lake County’s largest forest preserves with over 1,200 uninterrupted acres.
Plants are a supporting structure within a habitat. Their root systems hold the soil together and prevent erosion. With a natural water flow, ecologists restore the mix of plants that protect and enrich the soil. Plants feed the animals, provide materials and places for nests, and break the cold winter winds. The right mix of plants supports the animals that northern barriers feed – ground squirrels, voles and mice.