Spring arrives at East Battle River

Eighteen hikers came out on the last Sunday of April for our annual hike to the top of Rest and Be Thankful Hill.

The first stop was the old channel in an area where the Battle River used to flow.

The river has moved south of this spot, but the beavers haven’t moved. These channels on the slope and the small channel in the riverbed that still has water was carved out and is maintained by the beavers.

We found Prairie Crocus along with wild onions, cactus, and a Comma butterfly.

The amazing find of the day was these muskrat skull parts.

Two of the hikers took “Rest and Be Thankful” to heart and packed in camping chairs. We took turns trying them out at the top of the hill.

Thanks to Mary for scouting and leading the hike and to the landowners for their generous continuing support. You can see all the photos on Flickr.

Where we’re going next.

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