Adirondack Flora and Fauna on the Buddy System by Marian Atkinson is one of the stories entered in this round of the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) writing contest. If you haven’t yet, you should go vote in the contest!
Atkinson describes several of her outdoor adventures that she has enjoyed with her daughter. They’ve gone hiking and kayaking in several locations, and have seen a variety of local wildlife! Sometimes the sights they see inspire them to return during a different season so they can get a fuller picture of that ecosystem and its beauty.
The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge is mentioned as one of Atkinson’s favorite places to observe birds of prey. The refuge has a mile long trail through the woods that allows guests to get a closer look at some of the refuge’s animals in an outdoor (more natural) setting.
Just a glimpse of one of their Adirondack travels reveals the vivacity of life people can see in the wild if they just go look for it. Adirondack wildlife is everywhere.
“There are so many ponds and rivers to explore with a kayak on the Adirondack Coast that it would take a lifetime to hit them all. We prefer the small, quiet motor free ponds where you can enjoy the birds and wildlife. One morning a beaver swam across the front of Amy’s boat as we approached a shallow area before a dam. This surprised us because it was already around 10 am in the morning. The same day we saw a lot of kingfishers and turtles. Later that day an otter was frolicking in amongst the reeds near an old beaver house. A blue heron was on one bank and an American bittern on the other as a northern flicker fed its young in a tree cavity on the shore…” Continue reading the story!