Field Trip: Kellogg Forest

May 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Kellogg Forest
See address and directions below
John Chenault

Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 PM, Kellogg Forest, Leader: John Chenault (269-760-1497)
Meet at the main parking lot at 7060 North 42nd Street. This stretch of 42nd Street is about five miles east of Richland on M-89. Go south (right) on 42nd about a mile and the parking lot will be on the east (left) side of the road. Alternatively, take M-96 east to Augusta, turn north (left) onto North Webster (Shell station on the corner), and the parking lot is about 2.5 miles north on the right side. A big pavilion sits at the end of the parking lot.

We will walk the main trail which is about a mile long. This trail is well maintained and is a circle through various habitats including an open field but primarily woods. We will travel counter-clock-wise along the trail, which provides a gradual grade up a fair-sized hill. We will complete the walk along the Augusta Creek trail. The official name is the MSU WK Kellogg Experimental Forest, thus there are various studies in progress which are explained on signage. We can expect year-round woodland residents including Pileated as well as other woodpeckers. Also nesting wood warblers, including Yellow, Chestnut-sided, and Hooded, as well as Wood Thrush. We should be able to hear/see 5 to 10 species before we start the walk. This should take about 2.5 hours. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Insect repellant may be helpful.