|Lake Loop Trail now Open|
|Written by Heather Kraus|
|Saturday, 19 May 2012 20:20|
Exciting news at the Sanctuary: The “Lake Loop” trail officially opened on May 16th to visitors! This recently added trail covers 1.25 miles and takes visitors through a back portion of the grounds and around to the far side of Wintergreen Lake.
Last May, staff members from the Kellogg Biological Station and Bird Sanctuary sat down with key stakeholders to develop a plan for the Sanctuary’s future growth. Using information gathered from online surveys, the group came up with eight goals (and objectives to reach each goal) for the Sanctuary to work towards over the next five years.
One goal in particular dealt with improving the Sanctuary’s exhibits, trails and signage. In coming years, the Sanctuary plans to “create new and upgrade existing exhibits, trails and signage that teach natural history and highlight the roles of the Sanctuary’s and MSU’s legacy of conservation and commitment to sustainability,” (from Strategic Plan Summary.)
As part of this goal, the “Lake Loop” trail was developed. With the help of a local eagle scout, who installed way-finding signs, the trail now has markers to guide visitors around its length. The signs start near the Barn Owl display, wind around Wintergreen Lake, and finish by the bookstore.
Trail marker for new Lake Loop trail at Sanctuary
Visitors now have the opportunity to explore a little more of the Bird Sanctuary. It’s a great chance to hike, see Wintergreen Lake from a different perspective, or watch some birds. So come spend an hour or so walking the trail. If you forget a pair of binoculars to use while birding, don’t worry—you can always borrow a pair.