Natural wonders of spring are appearing along the trails and in the woods of Red Oaks Nature Center in the City of Madison Heights. If you are a birder, this hotspot of biodiversity is one of the best places to be in these early days of May. I was there earlier this week on an overcast morning that hinted of rain to come. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a watchful snacking squirrel perched on the edge of the parking lot fence.
The small waterfall outside the nature center entrance is a focal point of this oasis of green
There is a pleasing oasis of green hidden away in the bustling urban world of the City of Madison Heights; a city that does not usually come to mind when thinking about trails, nature recreation, outdoor education, wildlife habitat or bird migration. Oakland County Parks and Recreation states correctly, “Red Oaks Nature Center is where imagination, creativity and education meet to create a unique outdoor experience year round.” Some might also claim a visit to the 38 acres of the nature center is for the birds, and they are right about that too. Continue reading →