I went for a walk yesterday at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Jamestown, NY. The Center is approximately 12 miles from my house. As you would expect, having a nature center so close to home, this was not my first visit. It will not be my last visit.
There are three well-marked nature trails at the Center — the blue trail, the orange trail and the yellow trail. The blue trail is approximately .5 miles in length; the orange trail is about a mile in length; and the yellow trail is approximately 2 miles in length. I walked the blue trail. The blue trail starts at the parking lot and follows a paved trail to an overlook. The trail offered pleasing views of field, forest and pond.
I passed by a few small ponds. I kept my eyes open for frogs and turtles. I heard a few splashes, but I didn’t see either a frog or a turtle.
When you get to the overlook, you will have a wonderful view of “Big Pond”, appropriately named as it is the largest pond at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary.
From the overlook, I went for a walk through the woods. My walk through the woods was hurried. We have had a lot of rain this summer. The forest was quite damp. I saw lying water several places in the forest. The mosquitoes were terrible! I should have brought bug spray with me.
My last stop was at Liberty’s enclosure. Liberty is a bald eagle. Liberty was found in the state of Washington, with an infected cut on her left wing. Liberty cannot be released because the muscle damage in her wing prevents her from flying well enough to hunt in the wild. Liberty can fly short distances inside her habitat. Liberty has lived at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary since June 2002. A group of volunteers take good care of Liberty.
I spent at least an hour watching and photographing Liberty. The time I spent there and my patience paid off. Until yesterday I had seen Liberty on only one perch. Yesterday, I saw her fly from one perch to another a couple times.
Finally! I captured a photograph of Liberty about to fly. Liberty was on another perch across the enclosure in the blink of an eye.