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Explore Abbott Marsh during Twilight Beaver Walk

Post Date:03/05/2019 4:26 PM
HAMILTON—Experience the Abbott Marshlands the way our nocturnal wildlife neighbors do during the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s Twilight Beaver Walk on Friday, March 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Grab a flashlight and head out on the trails with Mercer County Park Commission Naturalist Kelly Rypkema as you use all of your senses to detect beavers and other night critters.

A favorite spot for beavers, the Abbott Marshlands is the perfect place to see evidence of these aquatic architects. Without beavers, the history of the Abbott Marshlands could be very different. Beavers are responsible for creating and expanding wetlands that attract a plethora of life to the new habitat, creating deeper and more stable sources of water for ducks, frogs, fish and more. These biologically diverse and teeming ponds supported Native American and Colonial settlers for fishing and hunting, and later, farmers utilized the rich, fertile silt from the bottoms of the beaver ponds. While these human inhabitants of the Abbott Marshlands have long since passed, the beavers and wildlife remain, attracting nature observers from all over.

Come explore the Abbott Marshlands on this guided night hike. Participants will listen for tail slaps, and look for chewed branches, tree trunks, beaver lodges and dams as well as the beavers themselves, while also being on the lookout for other creatures that go bump in the night.

Meet at Roebling Park at Spring Lake at 6:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight and water, and wear sturdy shoes. This program is $5 per person or $20 per family; pre-registration is required. Please register through Community Pass by following this link: https://register.communitypass.net/reg/.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08610. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The nature center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. It is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information about the nature center, programs, and schedule of events, visit www.mercercountyparks.org or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

Beaver marks

Chew marks like these are a sure sign that beavers have been busy at the Abbott Marshlands.
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