Letters

Beautiful Trail

Jul 04, 2018

To the Editor:

We have a wonderful addition to the LBI area.

A new wilderness area with many different habitats has just opened up to the public on Cedar Bonnet Island. This is a part of Edwin B. Forsythe National Refuge. It is called the Cedar Bonnet Trail.

As you enter the trail, you pass through a wooded area surrounded by marsh and bay. If you look to your right toward the large bridge, you will notice a peregrine falcon platform with an igloo structure on it. Many times mom or dad peregrine can be seen there. The woods contain a variety of birds, insects and plants. Then you see where the remediation has been done, with hundreds of trees and plants. It will be interesting to see them as they grow each year.

Go straight ahead to the coastal marsh and you will see an area with picnic tables for a nice rest or lunch and great views of osprey families and other shore birds, marshes and the bay. If you go at low tide, more animals will be on the mud banks.

Continue to follow the trail along the marsh and you come to the pollinators habitat. This is a beautiful area to attract monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. You can continue along the trail to see more marsh areas or just go back to the parking lot at this point.

This is a great area to show children nature up close and personal. Older children can see how a dredge spoil area can be remade as a beautiful natural area.

Kudos to all the people who made this happen. To get there, take 72 East and look for the pullout on the right side after the big bridge. As usual, make sure you use sunscreen and bug spray as this is a natural area.

Enjoy!

Bob Leifeste

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