Step Into Nature #5: Morse Wildlife Preserve
Friday, August 3, 2018
Our nature series continues with a leisurely outing to the Morse Wildlife Preserve near Graham Washington. This 238-acre preserve was established in 1995 when Lloyd and Maxine Morse donated the land. Managed jointly by the Audubon Society and Forterra the preserve has limited public accessibility and is maintained by volunteers. Situated near the headwaters of the north fork of Muck Creek, the preserve is a mosaic of conifer forest, wetlands, oak savanna, and prairie lands. Both migrating and resident birds use the wetland, which changes configuration regularly because of beaver dam building. Other mammals, such as deer, coyote, bobcat, rabbits, and a variety of rodents live here or make foraging visits. Our trip includes a private tour from an Audubon volunteer who knows the land and the creatures who live there. Two loops of .79 miles each are mostly flat. Lunch at a local restaurant after our hike is included.
$70 Members; $75 General Public
Includes transportation, entry and guided walk, and lunch.
Bus leaves Olympia at 6:30 am; Lacey at 7:00 am
Approximate return: 2:30 pm
Activity level: Difficult