82 Blandford Nature Center
wildlife viewing |
directions and facility information
Photos: © Phil Seng
This site contains a diverse mixture of
rolling hardwood forest, streams, ponds, wetlands,
and old farm fields just minutes from downtown Grand
Rapids. Hiking trails wind throughout all of the habitats
found on this 143-acre preserve. Portions of the trail
are barrier free.
American toads are mostly nocturnal (active at night),
burying themselves in soil or vegetation during
the day and hunting worms and insects at night.
Photo: MI DNR
A great place to see birds, mammals,
and amphibians of Michigan from groomed trails and
boardwalks traversing a hardwood forest and former
farmland. An observation deck overlooks a woodland
stream in a ravine, and a tall observation tower gives
a bird's eye view of a pond and wetlands. Blandford
staff often offer guided walks to see owls, bats,
frogs, toads, turtles, snakes, and animal tracks.
The evening "Owl Prowls" are very popular
in the fall. Forested portions of the preserve offer
magnificent wildflower viewing, including trilliums,
while a chorus of frogs and spring peepers add charming
background music. Blandford also has an active wildlife
rehabilitation clinic, with many permanent wild residents
on public display in outside enclosures, including
owls, turkey vultures, a fox, and more.