Events

Saturday, July 11, 1pm Eastern Daylight Time
Butterfly Refuges
Burns Prairie Preserve
Galien, Mich.

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For decades, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies flooded the continental U.S. and southern Canada each spring and summer after wintering in Mexico. Their population has declined by as much as 90 percent in recent years. Join the Harbor Country Hikers as they walk a brand new trail blazed through an established butterfly habitat. Spoiler alert: Some tips will be shared on how to attract butterflies (and dragonflies) into your own yard. Burns Prairie Preserve is a 38-acre nature preserve that includes a planted prairie, wetlands and woodlands. The Preserve boasts native prairie grasses, such as big bluestem and Indian grass, and an abundance of summer-blooming wildflowers, including black-eyed Susans and butterfly weed. A seasonal wetland was also re-established in a drainage area that bisects the preserve. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. HCH hikes observe social distancing, and the use of face masks is required.

Directions: Mount Zion Road, Galien, Mich. From US12, head southeast on Mount Zion Road for about 3/4 mile. Watch for the preserve sign on the left. Mount Zion Road is about 1.4 miles east of Galien.
Estimated Presentation Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, President, Harbor Country Hikers

 

Announcing…

FLASH HIKES

The Hikers will hold occasional Flash Hikes evenings, while it’s still light out, and weekends when there are no scheduled HCH events. These hikes will have no theme, no leader–just a walk in the woods with like-minded people.

The only notification of Flash Hikes will be by email to our list of members and others who’ve signed up for email notices of Hiker activities, and the emails announcing the Flash Hikes will go out two or three days beforehand. If you’re not on our email list and would like to be, send your address to harborcountryhikers@gmail.com. As always, we look forward to hiking with you.

About Dogs…

Harbor Country Hikers welcomes dogs on our hikes, as long as they’re well-behaved and on leashes. Those who manage some of the trails we hike may feel otherwise, however, and they have the final word. Check with them before you bring the pooch. Chikaming Open Lands allows dogs in its preserves, as do the state parks. Chikaming Township Parks allow dogs. Berrien County Parks do not, nor do the New Buffalo Schools Nature Study Trails. Fernwood generally doesn’t, either, except on special occasions. The Dunes National Park generally allows dogs.