Sunday, January 14, 2007

Canoe Trail

The canoe trail at the Francis Beidler Forest stretches two miles upstream from Mallard Lake to a point 300 meters east of the boardwalk at Goodson Lake. Scheduled guided tours are available Mar-May and other times of the year based on water levels, guide availability, and group size.

Although the cooler weather limits the animal sightings, we enjoyed a pleasant paddle through the virgin, old-growth forest. Today, we heard a Barred Owl (Strix varia), a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), saw seven Yellow-bellied Sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta), an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), and four Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) like those in the image.

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