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Wekepeke Watershed Animal Signs in Springtime Walk

By Joe - Posted on 18 April 2013

The Wekepeke Watershed Restoration Initiative partnered with the Nashua River Watershed Association to hold a free community event on Saturday April 13th. Special thanks is reserved for NRWA River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat for leading the walk and sharing her knowledge on animal tracks, sign and behaviors. The group assembled that morning at the gated entrance to the Town of Clinton’s Wekepeke conservation area off of Heywood Road. The group progressed down the old water works access road and learned a little about the history of the land, its past uses and the structures that still remain scattered throughout the woods.

We then turned off along the edge of Lynde Basin onto one of the many trails that were cleared last summer as part of an Eagle Scout project. The path along the small reservoir afforded the opportunity to see old and new beaver sign such as felled trees, drag and scat trails, a lodge and several dams. The trail in this area contained strategically placed coyote scat containing with deer fur; a great example what we can learn about our local wildlife when we go tracking. On this portion of trail, we also noticed the remains of vole burrows and their trails that had until recently been covered by snow. As the trail curved away from the water’s edge and entered the forested upland, the animal signs changed to porcupine stripped bark and numerous pileated woodpecker scars. As we wound around the trails, we traded knowledge about the local plant species and observed the changes in forested ecosystems around the small reservoirs. Before heading back to the trail head, the group stopped to sample for aquatic insects in Spring Brook, finding numerous mayfly larvae. The event was enjoyed by all who attended and we all left that day with a greater appreciation for the animal life and ecological conditions of the Wekepeke conservation area.

Check our Calendar to learn more about outdoor activities planned throughout the watershed and be sure to visit the Nashua River Watershed Association’s homepage to learn more about their programs and how you can support the watershed.

What a neat animal tracking event! Wish I could have made it - Looking forward to more Wekepeke happenings!

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