September 21, 2018 Mariah

Parsons Marsh Accessible Trail Opening a success thanks to you!

 

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

On Saturday, September 15, 2018 more than 200 visitors of all ages came to preview Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s new accessible trail at Parsons Marsh in Lenox. The 1,800 foot accessible trail and boardwalk gives visitors an intimate experience through a meadow, forested wetland and an exquisite marsh—a habitat that would otherwise be very difficult to access.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

To kick off the event, renowned Berkshire birder Ed Neumuth led a bird walk for early visitors. He reported “a female Scarlet Tanager, Wood Duck, great looks at a male Hairy Woodpecker and from the platform shortly after the walk, at least 2 kettles of migrating Broad-winged Hawks numbering well over a hundred birds!”

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

BNRC president Jenny Hansell gave welcoming remarks, acknowledging the outpouring of support that led to the conservation of 183 acres in the Undermountain Valley. Ken Fowler, Chairman of the Lenox Selectboard, and BNRC board member Pat Callahan joined forces to cut the grapevine ribbon with golden loppers to commemorate the opening of the trail. Visitors were then encouraged to check out the trail and enjoy the delightful music of The Russet Trio.

Due to delays caused by extreme summer weather, trail construction is not quite complete and the Parsons Marsh reserve will be closed for another week or so while construction is going on. Please be patient as the professional trail construction crew, Peter S. Jensen & Associates, works their magic on the site. We will announce when the trail is fully open, most likely right at the beginning of October.

Please call BNRC at 413-499-0596 or email frontdesk@bnrc.org with any questions!

Be sure to check our list of upcoming hikes and events for four upcoming guided Parsons Marsh experiences.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy

Photo Credit: Gabrielle K. Murphy