BEAR CREEK NATURE PARK: No bears, but upscale raccoon in tree den
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all photos by Jonathan Schechter
Bear Creek Nature Park, January 3, 2012 Oakland Township, Michigan
NOTE: These photos are a supplement to my hiking column on the Bear Creek Nature
Park now on-line on The Oakland Press website www.theoaklandpress.com and to
be in the print edition on Sunday, January 8th.
My hiking columns appears every Sunday in The Oakland Press.
Bear Creek Nature Park, a unit of Oakland Township Parks, is not wilderness by
any streach of the imagination. But these 107 acres of rolling glacial terrain,
woodlands, wetlands and fields in Oakland County are rich in nature's way.
All you need do is look. And be patient. Sometimes very patient.
ABOVE: The oak tree above is more than a tree with "a big hole in it".
A watchful person may spot the inhabitant, a raccoon that considers this a
high rise luxury apartment. And for the raccoon it is just that.
#1 The upscale raccoon at rest.
#2 A not so empty cattail marsh: many creatures under ice.
#3 A muskrat lodge in the marsh.
#4 Now frozen vernal ponds are spring breeding areas for amphibians.
#5 A windthrow is perfect winter shelter for many small species.
#6 A red-tailed hawk, back to the wind and me waits for a rabbit or vole.