Posted by: holly | February 21, 2011

December: Connelly Creek Nature Area

Connelly Creek Nature Area

When I was an Environmental Studies student at Western, one of my favorite natural areas to hang out in and reflect on my life was Connelly Creek. It felt like a wild oasis right there, smack in the middle of the neighborhood. It’s a transportation corridor for treading commuters, students on wheels and the silent wings of barred owls. There’s a surprising variety of big mature trees in here: Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar, Red Alder, Grand Fir and the ubiquitous Douglas Fir. Connelly Creek winds through meadow, forest and open trail areas. This variety is reflected in the birds who live and pass through this special place. I’ve seen Brown Creepers, 3 species of woodpeckers, beautiful Cedar Waxwings, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Stellar Jays, Winter Wrens, Swainson’s Thrush, Black-Capped Chickadees, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, tiny Bushtits (and their amazing nest!) and Barred Owls. That’s when I was birding solo. When exploring with Nature Babies, our pace is slow and fit for birding, but our volume is not!  We’re having too much fun.

Trail map here:

Sticks, nests, creeks and logs.

The snack log (a grand fir) is multi-purpose.

Snacking, smiling and balancing.

We raced a lot of leaves and sticks in the creek here!

How to race/play Pooh Sticks: Choose something from nature that you think will float like a boat. Toss it into creek on the upstream side of a bridge, watch it come out the other side. What goes faster, a leaf, a stick or a chunk of bark?

See you on the trail!



  1. I miss Nature Babies! I think we’d better start one up here in Nelson. Thanks for this post! I enjoyed the stories, photos, and updates.

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