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  © Jeff and Louise Davis
Jeff and Louise Davis sent us this shot of a great blue heron crossing their path on the Glacial Drumlin State Trail in Wisconsin.

For June ...

Are you planning a rail-trail trip to celebrate National Trails Day on June 2? Or maybe your local trail group is organizing an event to celebrate the occasion? If so, we'd love to hear about what you have planned, whether it's a solo hike or a community-wide gathering. And if you have photos from past National Trails Day celebrations, we'd love to see them as well! Share your stories and images with Karl at

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In April, we asked you to tell us about your favorite rail-trails for birding.

Jeff and Louise Davis — Seattle, Wash.
This great blue heron (at right) was enjoying a hike on the Glacial Drumlin State Trail in Wisconsin near Dousman on September 20, 2009. We paused our Twin Cities-to-Milwaukee ride to watch our fellow trail user for a few minutes before he gave us full use of the trail.

Allan Jensen — Richmond, Calif.
I live on the "Bay Trail" here in Richmond in the San Francisco Bay Area. My home is right on the bay, which serves as a yacht harbor and a protected wetlands. I have been photographing bird life (marshbirds, shorebirds, raptors, songbirds) indiginous to the area for years. Everything from blue herons to great and snowy egrets, American avocets, curlews, pelicans, etc. Ours is but one of many sites right on the Bay Trail in many, many communities here on the San Francisco Bay shoreline where birds are in abundance.

But I am still looking for the endangered clapper rail ...

Dee Ann Horstman — Scio, Ohio
I started a Facebook page for the Friends of the Conotton Creek Trail in Ohio. On that page, I have posted a few pictures, including one of the rock that directs our trail users to view the huge blue heron rookery that we see from the trail. There are four huge sycamore trees holding more than 45 of these heavy stick nests, in which the birds lay their eggs and raise their young—among other things, feeding on frogs from the swamp below.  

The trail also has 37 bluebird boxes, and along the way you might spot beavers, geese, ducks, snakes, fox, deer and mink.

John Ide — Cape Canaveral, Fla.
My favorite trail for biking and birding is the James A. Van Fleet State Trail in Florida, but a friend of mine says the trail near Copake is better. Also, the Blackpoint Trail on Merritt Island is a great drive to see birds, and it is easily biked.

Tom Weir — Bellevue, Wash.
If you want to see loads of osprey, do the
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes in Idado between Harrison and Wallace.


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