Join St. Marys Riverkeeper and a Crooked River Park Ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds, such as wood storks, herons, egrets, shorebirds, ibis, stilts, and roseate spoonbills. If you are wanting to bike, please arrive at McIntosh Sugarmill Park for a 9a departure. Total roundtrip biking time is roughly 1.5 hours. If you are not wanting to bike ride, please arrive at the rookery gate by 10a. You can park across the street from the St. Marys Police Station. BE ADVISED – it is a one mile walk to the rookery from the gate. We will be greeted at the rookery entrance by Crooked River State Park Volunteers to discuss the importance of the rookery, the species of birds that nest there, and any other questions you may have. St. Marys Riverkeeper will discuss the proposed Cumberland Inlet Project by Jakoby Development for the Durango Paper Mill site and the concerns we have in regards to the impacts it may have on rookery.
Things to know:
– The suggested donation of $25 covers the cost of the rookery tour.
– Where to Park: For bike riders, please park at McIntosh Sugarmill Park. There are two entrances to the park, please park at the entrance next to the train tracks where the bathroom facilities are located. For walker, please park across the street from the St. Marys Police Station on Point Peter Rd.
– Trip duration breakdown: it is roughly a 45 minute bike ride from McIntosh Sugarmill Park to the Rookery. There is a parking area with restrooms at the railroad tracks entrance. The Rookery experience will be about 45 minutes before we head back. This is a looped bike route, so we will return to the same spot as we departed. Feel free to set your own shuttle if you only want to bike one way.
– The 1 mile trip from the Rookery entrance to the actual rookery is not paved, but it is grassy with some bumps from tree roots as we ascend the berm.
– This is a educational experiential learning opportunity. Be ready to exercise both mind and body!
– Don’t forget your binoculars. This is an experience you don’t want to miss!
Suggested Donation $25 (cost covers rookery tour)