Walk: Frost Fish Creek
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Julie Baca and Connor O'Brien
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: 15
This is a free guided walk led by land stewards Connor O’Brien of Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and Julie Baca of Chatham Conservation Foundation (CCF). Learn about Cape Cod’s unique plant communities, freshwater waterways, and habitat restoration potential at CCF’s Frost Fish Creek in Chatham. Over the past few years, Julie has been enthusiastically working to expand her knowledge of Cape Cod flora. She will discuss plant identification basics, pointing out both native and invasive plant species. Connor will teach walk participants about the function of wetlands, freshwater waterways, and estuaries on Cape Cod and the important fish species that rely on those habitats. Eagerly awaiting the herring running every year, and having worked in environmental education, this is a subject that Connor loves to talk about.
CCF acquired almost 50 acres that now protect Frost Fish Creek over a span of 33 years. The 1.1-mile walking trail meanders along the eastern edge of Frost Fish Creek offering walkers glimpses of an old cranberry operation, which has reverted into open wetlands. As you walk along the high trail, borrow pits for sanding the bogs appear on either side of the path. With its unique configuration featuring a brackish-freshwater tidal wetland viewable from upland Pine/Oak woodlands, this area offers varied and numerous opportunities to experience seasonal bird and mammal life.
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