Spring is eagerly anticipated by the Hullett Trailblazers. It is a reunion time for regular walkers and also a time to welcome new hikers. It is time to show what the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area has to offer! When the weather permits we usually start our walks in mid-April. With binoculars and cameras in hand, we eagerly head to the dykes to see what's new. We look for the return of Sandhill Cranes, Blue Herons, many ducks, Tundra Swans and perhaps a rare Bald Eagle. As we start our weekly walk we wonder what the highlight of the night will be. Will it be a white pelican, great horned owl, white egrets, or the elusive bittern?
It is great to have families with young children join us as their excitement is contagious when they see a beaver, goose nests filled with large eggs, turtles laying eggs or the Monarch Butterfly cocoon for the first time. What would spring be without a walk through the Maple Sugar Bush where the trilliums, dog-toothed violets, jack in the pulpits and many other wild flowers carpet the ground with colour?
We feel very fortunate to have this nature classroom in the area. The marsh is a great place to enjoy the changing seasons. We follow the progress of the geese from the nest to goslings to adulthood, the migration both spring and fall, the change in vegetation from bare trees and shrubs to lush green growth to the fall and the beauty of the fall colours. A fall walk is so relaxing. We enjoy the sound of the rustling leaves and take in the tapestry of the trees in their fall colours. Winter has a beauty all its own. The serenity of walking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing in Hullett is unsurpassed. You may observe some of the inhabitants including deer and wild turkey. It is a great place to check your knowledge of animal tracks, allowing kids to guess what animal made the track and the story written in the snow.
Hullett is also home to many birds, plants, and reptiles that are at risk. It is important to not touch any amphibians (frogs, toads and salamanders). If you have insect repellent on your hands it will transfer to the animals and they will die as their body absorbs it. We are all stewards of the HPWA and therefore have a responsibility to help maintain it. Vandalism is a major problem as well as a costly one. If you see anyone vandalizing Hullett in any way please report it to the Conservation Officers. A grocery bag tucked in a pocket is useful for removing litter left by others. If you share a love of the outdoors and nature come out and join us. There is no better way to end the day than to watch the beautiful sunsets that only Hullett can offer.