Friday, March 27, 2009

Wild Lake County

Don't let anyone fool you into thinking there's nothing wild left in Lake County.

Even for a lifelong (nearly 60-year) resident of the county I am always amazed at what I find.

On Friday I visited the Marsh (Hopkins) Creek corridor in Mentor for a project story.

This is one gem of a natural ribbon that runs from the Mentor Marsh and snakes off east to Heisley Road and south to the Mentor Civic Center complex.

Steelhead trout were running up the creek, too, which contained as well a large flock of Canada geese and mallard ducks.

In the backyard of one residence I was invited to visit were 18 fox squirrels, a small gathering of white-tailed deer along with a flock of wild turkeys, including three mature toms.

But I've seen this same thing as far west as Eastlake where deer now regularly reside off Erie Road where I once lived.

And if you really want to get lost visit Lake Metroparks' Hell Hollow Reservation or the depths of the agency's Girdled Road Reservation.

And don't forget lovely Mill Creek at Hogback Ridge Park in Madison Township.

Every spring it also seems we are visited by black bears on Little Mountain while the Grand River is host to river otters and while a pair of American bald eagles have taken to nesting at Lake Metroparks' Pleasant Valley Park in Willoughby Hills.

There's a lot to see wild in Lake County. Even for an old geezer like me.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

1 comment:

  1. I agree, You can see a lot of nature right here in Lake county. Many of us don't even have to leave the drive way. We are fortunate!!!!