May Otter Sign Walks
Please join us to find evidence of otters inhabiting your local conservation lands! Guide and Naturalist Andrea Higgins will lead a hike at the Bell's Neck Conservation Lands to discover an abundance of otter sign including haul out areas, tracks, slides, and more. Enjoy scenic trails and water views while exploring the West Reservoir. You are invited to bring your binoculars as Bell's Neck is also home to a variety of birds and other wildlife.
In addition to finding Otter sign, our recent walkers have also enjoyed fragrant Mayflowers in bloom, painted turtles basking in the sun, peepers peeping, and wood frogs singing. There has been incredible bird activity with Osprey diving into the water for River Herring, Tree-Swallows darting around and gobbling up insects, bluebirds flitting about, secretive Black-Crowned Night Heron keeping watch in the oak and pine trees, and the majestic Bald Eagle soaring above the sparkling West Reservoir. Join a hike around Bell's Neck and see what nature gifts await our admiring eyes.
Andrea Higgins has been leading walks with HCT since fall 2021. She received a Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Certification in 2019 and has been a Teacher Naturalist with Audubon since 2012. Andrea is CPR and Wilderness First Aid Certified. As a program leader with the Town of Barnstable since 2014, she leads Sandy Neck Junior Rangers, Hiking Adventures, and Sunset Adventures. A big fan of aquaculture, Andrea is an oyster farmer in Barnstable Harbor and Deputy Shellfish Warden and Propagation Technician with the Town of Chatham. Andrea holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain license and is currently enrolled at the American Outdoor School’s Wildlife Tracking course.
This hike will cover about 3 miles across varying terrain and some incline. Recommended for ages 15 & up.
Monday, May 9th (3-5 p.m.)
Monday, May 16th (3-5 p.m.)
Monday, May 23rd (3-5 p.m.)
Walk registration is $15 per person. Space is limited.
Directions will be provided in your confirmation email.
Please reserve at right.
Otter photo above by Bill Byrne.