Skinner Butte Eagle Walk

March 16, 2010

On a cold day, thankful that predicted rain was not falling, we walked up the north side of Skinner Butte. A winter wren was singing and the woods were full of both local species of Trillium in bloom. Dave Predeek answered questions about native flora. Near the summit, one of the members felt very unwell. Another member returned to her car and drove it to the summit. The ill member by then was feeling better, but accepted a ride so that she could return home. From the east end of the summit, North and Middle Sister were clearly seen. The remaining group took the paved summit walk to the two points from which the bald eagles’ nest can be seen. An adult eagle was sitting there incubating this year’s clutch. We took the path that descends the west face of the butte near the basalt columns and returned to our starting point.

Hikers were Daniele Delaby, Margaret and Richard Essenberg (leaders), Joanne Ledet, Dave Predeek, Margaret Prentice, Virginia Prouty, Ginny Reich and Barbara Schomaker; and nonmember Lauren Brugere.

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