The Sights And Sounds Of Spring Are Coming Alive Right Now In Washtenaw County

May 2, 2017

One of the many wild flowers you can see growing in Washtenaw County's preserves.
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Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission Naturalist Faye Stoner stands next to a wild grape vine growing into different shapes in the woods. Who sees a bicycle?
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Everybody knows there are parks for picnics and playing soccer, but 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry takes you on a soggy stroll through one of Washtenaw County's nature preserves, intended to give you a different outdoor experience.


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Lisa and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission Naturalist and Stewardship Coordinator Faye Stoner take a brisk walk on a soggy day through one of the county's 28 nature preserves, the Kosch-Headwaters Preserve.

Moss growing on a rock.
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Some wildflowers were in bloom, some are yet to blossom.  The diversity of the trees and plants in the preserve attract a diversity of birds which make it a great place for bird watching.  The sounds of frogs and toads are loud in the preserve's vernal ponds.

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There is plenty to see deep in the woods of the Washtenaw County preserve, including wild grapevines growing into unusual shapes.  The preserves are not intended for a lot of visitors at once.  There are activities like sports or swimming.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu