I met Nicole at the Fish Hatchery to see the Story Walk she put together with her husband Shane, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s N. Attleboro Fish Hatchery, just off Rt 152. What a joy to not only learn about what Nicole had done, but to hear the “back story” behind how she and her husband planned the walk, and even about how they chose the book to use.
But this post is not about the story walk–I hope to have Nicole share that story with us herself. There were so many delightful little things we spotted along the trail. I wanted to provide an “up close and personal” view of summer flowers and such that we spotted while following the story walk that encircles the pond.
The less than a mile loop trail around the pond offers varied terrain–stairs lead down near the banks of the dammed stream, then another set of stairs takes you back up to overlooks that offer some nice views.
As we came into sight of the pond
we spotted a great blue heron perched on the top of a duck box out in the pond.
We found the leaves of lady’s slipper flowers–too late to enjoy the blossoms now that we’re into July. Several different fungus varieties presented themselves as we walked.
Indian pipes pushed their way through the leaf litter.
Some white flowering bushes filled the banks of the far shore of the pond.
When we returned to the main building we stopped at the trout pool,
now covered with a shade cloth to benefit the trout that swim in the outdoor area. A second version of the story walk will be installed in this area as a handicapped accessible story walk.
We found volunteers trimming back the wildflower garden next to the trout pool.
Getting the garden in hand is on the Hatchery’s “wish list” along with loads of other projects just waiting for interested volunteers to step up and express an interest. Want to know more? Check out https://www.fws.gov/northattleboro/getinvolved.html
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are.
She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress.