December 15, 2008

Baker Sanctuary - Winter Wonderland

Baker Sanctuary covers 898 acres near Bellevue, Michigan. "Baker" is well-known for being America’s first crane sanctuary, established in 1941. From Spring until late Fall, visitors are treated to the sight of nesting and migrating sandhill cranes. The area is dominated by the 200-acre Big Marsh Lake, a restored wetland flooding. More than 200 species of birds and dozens of species of mammals have been recorded here.

Photograph: Baker Sanctuary Resident Manager, Mike Boyce

Winter is an ideal time to explore the two separate trails in the sanctuary: the Meadow and Marshland Trail on the sanctuary’s west side, and the Doty Native Wildflower Trail on the sanctuary’s northeast side. Cross-country skis, snowshoes, or just a good pair of boots are all that are needed for a day of adventure at Baker. Keep a sharp eye out for Pine Siskins, Red- and White-Breasted Nuthatches, Black-Capped Chickadees, Northern Cardinals, and more! Photographers--Baker is an ideal place to hone your skills after a snowfall; Families--you will find the sanctuary to be a safe enjoyable experience for nature-lovers of all ages.