Wetland Wildlife at Liberty Park
Janean Kazimir, Interpretive Naturalist
Misty morning fog hangs low over the water, a bald eagle floats lazily overhead and the haunting calls of sandhill cranes echo in the distance. This picturesque scene can be found at Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve (1230 Old Mill Rd., Aurora), part of Liberty Park.
From the observation platform at the end of Eagle Point Trail, look straight ahead over the wetland to view the iconic birds’ massive nests high in a tree. Below, scan for the brilliant white feathers of the state-threatened trumpeter swan swimming with its newly hatched cygnets.
Across the road, continue your exploration along Seven Ponds Trail. Created by duck hunters decades ago, these ponds are now an oasis for migratory birds from waterfowl and warblers to swallows and sparrows. The surrounding wetlands provide clean water to support mink, beaver, otters and a myriad dragonfly species. Stop and sit a while, you never know what you may discover.