Conditions for XC skiing are unusually good right now, with deep snow that has not yet turned to ice. Come out and enjoy the network of trails!
Following the extended drought that we have been experiencing this summer, the water flow in the brook is at the lowest level I have seen.
On a walk with naturalist Scott Davison, we saw tracks of deer, porcupine, fox, rabbit, fisher, and bear!
Today I burned some brush piles in a bonfire, to clean up after my recent brush clearing work. Thanks to recent rains, there were lots of mushrooms appearing nearby.
Now we are near the peak of aster blooming season. Today I saw some beautiful New England asters and Heart-leaved asters beside the trails.
I have opened up a second entry trail, to provide a slightly more direct route from the Dothan Brook School parking lot into the woods. The new trail follows the line of pine trees. Both entry trails will remain open for the foreseeable future.
Here is what the entry looked like before:
... and here are two views of the new entryway:
On May 30, we had the privilege of hosting a community bird walk, led by distinguished ornithologist George Clark. George helped us to hear and/or see over 30 species of birds on the Dothan Brook Trails property:
A new alien invasive plant, Narrowleaf Bittercress, has appeared in some areas that were washed out in Hurricane Irene and subsequently repaired with the addition of dirt fill brought in from elsewhere. If you see this plant anywhere, pull it out before it goes to seed. It has spread rapidly through woodlands in other parts of the country, and is thought to be even worse than Garlic Mustard in that regard. As its Latin name (Cardamine impatiens) suggests, it uses exploding seed pods to throw its seeds some distance from the plant.
All the trails are still covered in snow and ice, but mud will be here soon. In the woods, the top of the snow pack looks green, because is covered with tiny hemlock fragments, which blew down in the strong wind storms that we had back in mid-February.
Tom and Patricia Norton have owned this land since June 2013. We live in Thetford, VT, and love coming to Dothan Brook frequently to explore the trails, to watch the Brook, and to see how many different species of plants and animals we can find. We are pleased to welcome you to this beautiful land.