Introduction to Lone Rock Point

Since my first time visiting Lone Rock Point earlier this year, I knew that it was a special place.  I absolutely loved it and had to choose it as my spot for this phenology project.  Although it is a journey to get there, it is well worth the hassle.  I take the bus down from the Waterman Building to the waterfront at the ECHO Center.  From there, I walk along the bike path all the way to North Beach.  Then, I cross the sand and head up into the woods.  I follow the trail all the way to the end when it opens up with a beautiful view of Lone Rock, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountains.

A couple days ago I watched one of the most amazing sunsets at Lone Rock Point I have ever seen.

Although the views are totally captivating, the flora and fauna are just as amazing here.  Among other trees, the Northern White Cedars twist over rocks and create some amazing shapes.  Here is a list of the trees that I found here:

Northern White Cedar

Eastern White Pine

Northern Red Oak

Sugar Maple

Green Ash

Shagbark Hickory

Common Buckthorn

Honeysuckle

This is the trunk of a Northern White Cedar with lichen growing on it.

Among these trees were both Grey and Red Squirrels and many species of birds.  These included common species such as Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and Downy Woodpeckers.  Also present were a few migratory birds such as Yellow-rumped Warblers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

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