Finley Wildlife Refuge
October 13, 1984
Is hiking along a trail on a brisk fall day and scrunching colorful leaves
with your hiking boots one of your favorite pastimes?
Even if the leaves are
soggy from the previous week’s rain?
Then you would have enjoyed hiking the trails with us at Finley Wildlife Refuge.
We saw a marsh hawk and two lucky ring-necked pheasants as we drove into the Refuge.
It was pheasant hunting season and the hunters’ vans and pickups filled
the parking lot.
We headed for the “No Hunting” area of the Refuge and found several
hiking trails to hike on.
Except for a rain shower after lunch, it was a beautiful day to be out enjoying
such things as—the size and color of the maple leaves; hawks, robins,
chickadees, juncos, and a great blue heron that flew up into a tree; rare clumps of
late wildflowers; ducks flying out of Beaver Pond as we approached and then frogs
squeaking and popping into the pond; and looking for owl pellets in the barn.
Nonmember Joyce Strassberg and leader Barb Elsen both agreed that it was a super
hike; one not to be missed.