March 19, 2023
You can hear their songs the moment you enter the forest. Boulder Junction is home to a variety of beautiful songbirds. Some spend the winter here, others head South during the colder months. Fortunately for us, they’re returning—and more are arriving daily. It’s a great time to put on comfortable walking shoes and take a stroll in search of avian species. Here are some local areas you can spotbirds around Boulder Junction this spring.
- The 25-acre Trout Lake Conifer Swamp, located south of Boulder Junction, is a superb place to find warbler species.
- The Escanaba-Pallette Lake Trail offers woodland hiking options that will take you near the shorelines of Escanaba and Pallette Lakes – These shoreline segments of the trails are a great option if you’re seeking sights of waterfowl.
- The Lumberjack Trail is a great option near town. There are a couple of longer loop options through dense forest and wetlands. A bridge over Nixon Creek is less than a mile from the trailhead and is an open viewing spot of the Alder thickets. Jays, warblers, and waterfowl can be spotted here.
- The Fallison Lake Nature Trail winds through a mixed-forest around 53-acre Fallison Lake. It’s a nice walk and a perfect place to bring your binoculars. There are benches along the trail to post up and take your bird book out to identify bird species you’ve spotted along the trail.
Learn more about the trails in Boulder Junction.
If you’d like to learn more about local birding, consider reading North Lakeland Discovery Center‘s bird club newsletter, Bird Songs.