Watch out for muddy conditions on some Island roads and trails.
Don’t have 4-wheel drive? Access roads and parking areas for some properties, such as Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary’s lower parking area and Quansoo Farm, can be difficult to navigate in early spring. Occasional deep mud on otherwise picturesque dirt roads can make for treacherous driving – seek out other conservation areas if your vehicle isn’t dependable in icy or muddy road conditions.
When walking on the trails, wear sturdy, waterproof shoes and boots, especially near wetland areas.
Looking ahead – shorebird nesting season begins April 1.
Check back for more details, but in the meantime, a reminder about dogs:
Dogs (even when well-behaved) pose a serious threat to the survival and success of beach-nesting birds, so it is critical that dog owners respect local laws that restrict or prohibit the presence of dogs on beaches. Follow these guidelines to keep beach habitat and birds safe:
• Always keep dogs leashed and under control.
• Walk dogs at the water’s edge, away from nesting areas.
• Mind all fencing (twine and post) delineating habitat and feeding areas – even if you don’t see the birds, they may be camouflaged or hiding in the dune grass.
• Carry in – carry home. Trash left behind on the beach attracts predators.
• Become an advocate for these birds’ protection!
• Abide by property, town, county, and state regulations.
As warmer weather beckons more people outside, let’s work together to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission:
• Practice social distancing, staying a minimum of six feet apart from others. Step aside and give others plenty of room to pass, especially on narrow trails and footbridges.
• Leash all dogs at all times. Please note: Several properties, such as Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and Polly Hill Arboretum, do not allow dogs at all. Please check ahead to make sure dogs are allowed at the property you plan to visit.
• If parking areas or trailheads are full when you arrive, leave and find another place to walk or come back later.
• Wear a mask or other face covering, especially when others are on the trail.
• Treat each other and our Island’s protected lands with respect.