You start walking the Marsh Boardwalk Trail on a bark-chipped surface and immediately enter an area of tall and mature white cedar trees creating a dense tree canopy. Soon you arrive at the boardwalk and begin walking through tall cattails and ferns on both sides of the boardwalk.
The cattails are so tall that it is impossible to see over them, but it is possible to see wildlife such as frogs, turtles, red-winged blackbirds and american bitterns. While on the boardwalk, take a few minutes to listen and observe quietly. It is amazing what you will see such as ducks and other bird life. The boardwalk stops at a unique island referred to as Sphagnum Island, created over thousands of years.
The island has lots of balsam fir trees and ground hemlock. The trail continues to circle around the island. Soon you arrive at a lookout platform that allows you to scan the marsh, Pigeon River and forest. If you look carefully, you will see is a nest where for generations a pair of osprey have raised their young.
To help see these birds better a pair of binoculars attached to the viewing platform are available to use for a small deposit. Proceeds from the rental of the binoculars go the Friends of the Osprey to assist them with their work.
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