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Swan Rangers Spring Forth!

Triple shooting star among others! (Joel Vignere photo)

Swan Rangers continued to get outdoors and take in what Spring has to offer in the week ending May 16, 2020!

Click here or scroll down to see their reports and photos!

While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.


Joel continues to photograph lots of triple and quadruple wildflowers on Blacktail Mountain, as shown above.


Pat, Mary and Norma hiked in the Bear Creek area, hiking as far as Patterson Creek via the Bear Creek Road and Peterson Creek Trail. Click here for a map. (Norma Linsky photos)


They also hiked the old road that heads from Bear Creek to Wolf Creek, finding it sawn open enough for hiking, then taking this photo of and reporting the Elk Springs Trail as a "quagmire!"


Pat Jaquith sent in this photo of the Townsend's solitaire nest on a retaining wall in their yard, reporting the birds have gotten quite used to the humans around!


Chris and Fawn biked the Bug Creek road along the foot of Crane Mountain, where they found Calypso orchids in the ditch looking like little dragons! (Chris Gotschalk photo)


Keith and Pam sawed open the Sprunger - Whitney Nature Trail for Friends of the Wild Swan. Here wind-thrown trees were five deep and the trail has a new little jog in it! (Keith Hammer photo) If you'd like to help support FOWS's preservation of this supreme area of old growth . . . 


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The Sprunger - Whitney Trail is currently showing off lots of trilium, violets both yellow and purple, elusive Calypso orchids, and the lupine is about to flower! Here Pam Willison captured what we think is very young horsetail. What do you think?


The Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have interesting photos of your socially distant times outdoors, send them along with a description to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we'll try to work them into these weekly reports!

This article published on May 16, 2020 • [Permalink]