2005 Holliday Nature
Preserve Association Newsletter
Springing to Life
showers bring May flowers -- and they also bring may apples, spring
peepers, marsh marigolds, trout lilies, garter snakes, wrens, herons,
wood ducks, mallards, great horned owls and an occasional fox.
Spring is a great time to visit the Preserve and view the many plants and
animals that call that area home. (Spring is also a great time for
peaceful hikes before mosquitoes begin prowling the trails!)
During the spring the Holliday Nature Preserve Association holds a number
activities including trail clearing, trash pick-up and removal of
invasive species of plants, such as purple loosestrife. Spring is also
when we team with the city of Westland and Wayne County Parks for River
Day/Rouge Rescue (see page 4).
Spring is a great time for individuals, families and groups to visit the
Preserve. Joining in a hike or activity with the HNPA is a great way to
become familiar with the trails and learn about the plants, trees, bird
and animals that live there.
A walk in the Preserve also provides a glimpse of what this area may have
looked like nearly 200 years ago when Chief Tonquish and other member of
his Pottawattamie tribe hunted along the creek that now bears his name.
The water has warmed and the Preserve has returned to life. Come join us.
HNPA Meets With
On February 21, Holliday Nature Preserve President
Bill Craig met with members of Wayne County Parks personnel, including
Director, Beverly Watts, Deputy Director Ron Reinke, and Department
Manager David Robbins, to discuss elements of the new Wayne County
Parks Master Plan and how it is to benefit Holliday Nature Preserve.
During the meeting, Bill brought up the fact that
during one of HNPA’s winter walks, it was noticed that some group or
individual in the Cowan/Central section were cutting bypass trails
around downed trees and also hammering metal trail markers into the
trees. Parks management reported that they did not and would not
authorize such trail marking since it damages the trees.
HNPA and Parks department will have future
discussions regarding trail maintenance throughout the Preserve. With
so many dead ash trees falling (killed by the emerald ash borer), the
need to clear the trails is going to get worse before it gets better.
All parties understand that trails in the need to be kept open so that
visitors can enjoy their walks. Such trail maintenance also helps
decrease the chances people will create their own trails.
when the snow blankets the trees and the ground is a beautiful time to
walk the preserve. HNPA hosted several walks this past winter. Our
February walk in Cowan/Central City drew eight hardy soles who were
outnumbered by the raccoons we found sleeping in the crooks of trees.
A walker coming out of the preserve reported that he spotted several
deer, but we didn’t have such luck. Although the deer in the preserve are
used to seeing people, they are still pretty skittish. A single quiet
walker has a much better chance of seeing them then a larger (and often
nosier) group. Winter is the best time to spot deer, since the leaves are
off the trees and
shrubs and the deer are more apt to band together while foraging.
Our late winter walk several weeks later in Hix Park drew 21 people
including a group of Cub Scouts from Livonia. We walked across Tonquish
Creek, then up along the ridge trail to the Pines (see map on page 2).
While we did not spot any wildlife, we did have a pleasant walk.