William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge

May 3, 1981

Our first stop was at the Refuge headquarters, but since it was closed we hiked around the burned over area behind the red barn. Next we parked our cars and followed the one mile self guided nature tour. While eating lunch at the display pond we saw a white-tailed kite and a gold eagle (there are 3 eagles at the refuge just now). After lunch everyone enjoyed the 3½ mile loop which took us around the Grey Creek swamp and over Maple Knoll (which is like a rain forest), past the Beaver Pond and back to the cars. Along the way we observed wild flowers, a vole, a mother killdeer distracting us from her nest along a graveled road, and Robin discovered a huge anthill! We then decided to drive out the west entrance and come back along the southern edge of the Refuge. At McFaddens marsh we stopped and were delighted to see lots of red-winged blackbirds and swallows flying around and other waterfowl in the area.

Although the day was cool and cloudy, everyone had a good time including Barry Beck, Joan Benson, Dorothy Hayes, Richard Heinzkill, Rose Hess, Bob and Robin Wengart, and leader Dot Leland.

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