I didn't have anything else going on today, so I went over to Kennekuk for a bit. It was pretty warm today, but I found it tolerable, which I think means I'm starting to acclimate to summer. Good thing, because it is scheduled to be beastly hot tomorrow and I'm going to be at EFRC. Things are pretty dry -- no mud to worry about, and very few mosquitoes, which it's hard to complain about, but I'm worried that if we don't start getting rain, things will start shriveling up. I was in the lookout point and marshes area, and I had the place to myself. I saw a number of odonata, including the metallic looking green/blue damselflies, and a reasonable number of birds, including wood ducks, purple martins, bluebirds, and a towhee. I hadn't been in that area for a few months, and I was surprised to see that they're putting in a paved walkway to connect up the observation platforms that sprang up last year. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of concrete. I think they're doing as good a job as possible in terms of how much of the woods they're destroying to put all that in. I just hope that enough people benefit from visiting the site to justify the amount of money (which I assume is coming from my taxes, though I guess it could be from a private foundation) this is costing. It does look like it will be a fine site for environmental education, and it will be easily handicap accessible while it's new... how long the concrete will stay smooth and level in the real world remains to be seen.
Tags: kennekuk, nature, walks