Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ganatchio Trail Rotary Club Extension & the Little River Corridor

I've biked/hiked/birded this wonderful park about 3 times this year. Its a great location if you are looking for a great walk or bike ride in Windsor's East side.

Here is a google map of this general area:

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Ganatchio trail follows Riverside Drive, but at this sign, you can turn right and go 'inland' to some beautiful parkland.
It would be nice to know the history of how and why this park was developed. From my minimal research, I've gathered that Rotary Club was a big part of this park's development.

The birding is pretty good. Over the three times I've come to this park, I've seen:

Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Great Egret
Yellow Warbler
American Goldfinch
Northern Flicker
Canada Geese
Malard Ducks
and the rest of the local usuals...

Northern Flicker, perched 10 ft away from the path. I took this with my point-and-shoot camera.

As you travel further inland, you pass several habitat types. Grassland/meadow, then man-made lakes and cat-tail wetlands. Then forest, meadow and more wetlands & lakes. It's very impressive!

You can also bring your Kayak to the parking lot across from Lily Kazillies and Kayak to Peche Island from Kayakers' Cove. The WECC group has done so much work to keep this little gem alive and thriving. The city just installed a drop off loop at Kayakers Cove so you don't have to carry your kayak across Riverside Drive. (

Good Birding!

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