Fall colours are at their best in early October with the aspens really putting on a show. Canada Geese have been congregating on the water and creating quite the soundscape in the evenings. You may also notice groupings of Robins visiting chokecherry stands to feast on the over-ripe berries that are still hanging on in dark red clumps. This fall also seems to be a time for many types of mushrooms to peek their caps out of the leaf litter – bring your ID book and see if you can identify them. If you’re looking for a photographic treat, check out the wetlands from the road just at sunset – the reflections are amazing!
The colours of fall are starting to appear with yellow and red leaves showing on plants such as High-bush Cranberry and Sarsaparilla. A variety of waterfowl are also starting to gather on the water – a fun challenge to identify now that they have their more drab fall plumage. You may also hear the chatter of a Marsh Wren if you stop at one of the viewing platforms. Make sure to watch for moose tracks in the muddy ground near the viewing platforms, plus listen for the rusty cry of migrating Sandhill Cranes as they fly high overhead in large flocks heading south.