Last Updated on July 29, 2017

After traditionally skipping August for a meeting, the Nature Trail Committee met September 21 with a full agenda. We will be participating in the annual Fruits of Our Labor event Sep 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Cross Creek Lobby, where many Charlestown clubs and organizations have representatives and displays at tables to provide information on their groups. On October 19 at 1 p.m. in the Auditorium, Harper Griswold will give his interesting presentation on hummingbirds. On October 20, members of the Nature Trail Committee will have their fall Clean-up Day to do routine maintenance on the Trail. Guests are welcome to help. We will meet at the back of the Cross Creek lobby at 10 a.m.

The Butterfly and Wildflower Gardens are in their seasonal downturn, with fewer blossoms being seen, and the seedheads being left for the birds to enjoy. Re our efforts to have gardens conducive to Monarchs, only a few of the butterflies were seen this year, and no caterpillar feeding was seen on our milkweed plants. Perhaps we will have better luck next year. 

We have several additional projects which we are supporting or actively working on. These include upgrading the Lake Trail, helping Charlestown in planting more trees on campus, erosion control on a hillside above the Nature Trail and along two areas of Herbert Run, development of identification cards for major tree species beside our skywalks, and improvement of entry areas to the Nature Trail.

If any of these activities sound interesting, come and join us!

Bert Clegern
Nature Trail Committee