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Sterling Nature Center Sunday, July 11th, 2010
Sterling Nature Center - Heron Trail

Sterling Nature Center - Heron Trail

Sterling Nature Center
15730 Jensvold Road
Sterling, NY 13156
Phone: (315) 947-6143

Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

Parking Areas:
N43 22.665 W76 39.457 – (Parking / Trail #3)

Trail Map: Sterling Nature Center
Fishing:  Little Sodus Bay

07/10/2010 (AdvGirl) – This is really an outstanding mid-summer day trip.  The nature trails are well maintained.  The rookery is awesome but there is a lot of other wildlife in the area as well.  McIntyre’s Bluff is located down the lake shore line, follow trail #3 to the lake and then about .25 miles via the rocky shoreline.  We did trails #3, #6, #8 and HBF #1 at a very easy pace and enjoyed the seclusion of the beach on an 85 degree day.

07/17/2010 (AdvGirl) – Our second visit to the center.  We did trails #2, #3, #4, #5, and #9, totaling 4.2 miles.  These trails were a little more challenging with temperatures pushing over 90 degrees.  Trail #4 in particular had a couple of points that were muddy or under water.  This was the only one of the trails that I would consider “buggy”.  The swim in Lake Ontario was revitalizing after this one!

Trail:  McIntyre’s Bluff (HBF #1)
Distance: 0.45 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Sterling Nature Center - McIntyre's Bluff

Sterling Nature Center - McIntyre's Bluff

Trail: Bluff Trail (#2 – Blue Markers)
Distance 1.0 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 22.896 W76 39.303 – Intersection of trails #2/#9

Bluff Trail - #2

Bluff Trail - #2

Bluff Trail - #2 - View 2

Bluff Trail - #2 - View 2

Trail: Dogwood Extension (#9)
Distance: 1.1 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 23.161 W76 39.098 – Intersection of trails #2 /#9
N43 23.186 W76 38.588 – Traceback Pt. / Parking

Dogwood Extension - #9

Dogwood Extension - #9

Trail: Forest Ecology Trail (#7)
Distance: 0.6 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Heron Trail (#6)
Distance: 0.8 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 22.743 W76 39.501 – Intersection of trails #6/#8
N43 22.854 W76 39.095 – Rookery

Sterling Nature Center - Rooker (Trail #6)

Sterling Nature Center - Rooker (Trail #6)

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Sterling Nature Center - Dragonfly Pond

Sterling Nature Center - Dragonfly Pond

Trail: Lake Trail (#3)
Distance: 0.2 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail #3 / Lake Ontario Intersection

Trail #3 / Lake Ontario Intersection

Trail: Lake View (#8)
Distance: 0.4 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Sterling Nature Center - Trail #8

Sterling Nature Center - Trail #8

Trail #8 Observation Deck

Trail #8 Observation Deck

Trail: Two Tale Trail (#5 – White Markers)
Distance: 0,8 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 23.048 W76 38.652 – Trail head

Two-Tail Trail - #5

Two-Tail Trail - #5

Trail: Vernal Pool Trail (#4 – Red Markers)
Distance: 0.7 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 23.171 W76 38.691 – Trail head #4/#9

Vernal Pool Trail - #4

Vernal Pool Trail - #4

Vernal Pool Trail - #4 Alt View

Vernal Pool Trail - #4 Alt View

Vernal Pool Trail - #4 Flooding

Vernal Pool Trail - #4 Flooding

Trail: Wetland Loop (#1)
Distance: 3.5 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Note:  Currently under construction

“Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, where 1400 acres of wetlands, woodlands and meadows are bordered by two miles of undeveloped lakeshore with Sterling Creek to the South and Nine Mile Creek to the North.  Ecologically sensitive areas are protected with a conversation easement.

The center was established by Cayuga County in 1997 to mange the natural resources and foster and understanding and appreciation for the natural environment through guided and unguided nature study and interpretive programs.”

— Cayuga County Parks & Trails



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Onondaga Creek Monday, June 7th, 2010
Onondaga Creek - Inner Harbor

Onondaga Creek - Inner Harbor

Bodies of Water:
Onondaga Creek

Key Species:
Brown Trout & Carp

Description:
“This creek starts a couple miles northwest of Tully, flows north for about 20 miles through Onondaga Indian Nation territory and Syracuse, and feeds Onondaga Lake at the city’s Inner Harbor, under the shadow of Carousel Center Mall.” – Fishing Western New York

Links:
Onondaga Creek Conceptional Visualization Plan

[Rybaak 123A] – Inner Harbor Park
GPS: N43 03.601 W76 09.799 (West Kirkpatrick Parking)
GPS: N43 03.721 W76 09.788 (Solar Street Parking)
GPS: N43 03.686 W76 10.156 (Van Rensselaer Street Parking)

*There is ample parking around the harbor and additional parking a few blocks away at Carousel Mall.  This area is unique in that its a good place to bring the family to picnic and fish.  Check the local paper for event dates at the Harbor.  Often times you can actually fish and listen to a national recording artist’s set.  You can’t do that many places.

Onondaga Creek - Inner Harbor

Onondaga Creek - Inner Harbor

[HBF 123B] – Dorwin / Kelly Park Drive
GPS: N42 59.099 W76 09.014 (Parking)

Ways to revitalize Onondaga Creek during a canoe trip with Don Hughes
Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Managment Area Ponds Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Floodwood Pond

Floodwood Pond

Bodies of Water:
Lakewood Pond, Floodwood Pond
Goose, North Colwell & South Colwell Ponds

Key Species:
Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch & Sunfish

Description:
“This 3,461-acre wildlife management area is the largest undeveloped parcel within the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland Area, a 17 mile stretch of barrier beach with the tallest sand dunes between Lake Michigan and Cape Cod.  Its five ponds are connected by channels navigable by canoe in years of normal rainfall.” – Fishing Western New York

[Rybaak 43A] – Southwick Beach State Park
GPS: N43 45.889 W76 12.882 (Parking Area)
*State Park fees apply for parking.  The park also offers several campsites, some with electricity.  Lakeview Natural Beach borders the park and this is a free area.  Along Lakeview Natural Beach, there are access points from the beach to Lakeview Pond and Floodwood Pond.

Lakeview Natural Beach

Lakeview Natural Beach

Boardwalk Between Floodwood Pond & Lake View Natural Beach

Boardwalk Between Floodwood Pond & Lake View Natural Beach

[Rybaak 43B] – Lakeview Pond Public Access
[Rybaak 43C] – Public Access
[Rybaak 43D] – South Colwell Pond Public Access