Events

Saturday, September 25, 10am Eastern
Why Native Plants Matter
Harbert Road Preserve
Three Oaks, Mich.

The Hikers, led by President Pat Fisher, will be exploring the trails of Harbert Road Preserve. Migration season is upon us, so it’s a good time to review why native plants make it easier for birds and other wildlife to survive. Learn how you can promote native vegetation and enhance, rather than stress, your local environment. This out-of-the-way, 90-acre preserve has wide and inviting wetland, prairie and woodland natural earth trails, a shaded picnic area, shelter and scenic benches. You’ll find nesting fields and wildflower patches for birds of all kinds. Wear long pants (preferably tucked in), a sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. The Hikers observes federal and state Covid guidelines, and mask wearing is currently optional.

Directions: From Red Arrow Highway, head east on Harbert Road for about 1.6 miles and watch for the preserve on your right. The entrance is just beyond the I94 overpass. GPS: 41.870636, -86.598686 (DD).
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 min.
Estimated Total Time: 2 hrs.
Hiking Distance: 2 mi.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, President, Harbor Country Hikers

Thursday, September 30, 5pm Eastern
How a Trail Was Built
Chikaming Township Park and Preserve
Three Oaks, Mich.

The Hikers will walk the first loop of the Chikaming Township Mountain Bike Trails on this special evening hike. President Pat Fisher and board member Janet Schrader will share the history of the trail and how it was built and show off some trail-building tools. There’s always the opportunity to hike some of the walking trails before the evening is over. Chikaming Township Park and Preserve is a popular destination for birding, hiking, biking, dog walking, fishing, gardening or sitting on a bench and reflecting on nature. The preserve contains just over 263 acres and hosts at least eight distinct types of ecosystems. Wear long pants (preferably tucked in), a sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. The Hikers observes federal and state Covid guidelines, and mask wearing is currently optional.

Directions: Warren Woods Rd., Three Oaks, Mich. From Red Arrow Highway, head east on Warren Woods Rd. for 1.4 mi. Watch for the park entrance on the right. We will gather at the front parking lot near the Mountain Bike Kiosk. GPS: 41.838994, -86.650091 (DD).
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 min.
Estimated Total Time: 1.5 hrs.
Hiking Distance: 1.5 mi.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leaders: Pat Fisher, President, and Janet Moor Schrader, board member, Harbor Country Hikers

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Bird Migration with Wendy Jones

On Tuesday, September 28 at 6:30pm Eastern, naturalist Wendy Jones presents “Fall Bird Migration,” at the New Buffalo Library. While birds catch our attention at their busiest during the summer nesting season, there is much going on in the bird world in the fall. Summer residents are departing, migrants from northern habitats are passing through Michiana on their way further south, and winter residents are arriving. Jones, a knowledgeable and engaging speaker, is director of environmental education at the Bubolz Preserve in Appleton, Wisc. and was formerly at Fernwood. She will present remotely.

This program is free and sponsored by the Friends of the New Buffalo Library. The library is located at 33 N. Thompson St. in downtown New Buffalo. Please wear a face mask.

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.

Other Hiking and Related Activities

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve–Fernwood is currently open to members and the general public. For information, visit its website, fernwoodbotanical.org

Indiana Dunes National Park–most beaches and trails are open. For updates, visit nps.gov/indu.

Indiana Dunes State Park
Call 219-926-1390 for information about park activities.