We went on a ramble through Crosby Farm Regional Park and met up with this fine fellow, or gal; a lovely Barred Owl. Perched just off a trail, dear owl was driving the smaller birds nuts, which is what attracted our attention.
Just one mile from our home is Crosby Farms Regional Park. The original 160 acre farm was active in the mid to late 1800’s and was the largest and longest running farm in the West End/Highland Park area of St. Paul, MN. Cattle, dairy cows, horses, pigs, and chickens were raised on the farm, along with crops including potatoes and apples.
Today is is a wild, virtually untouched parcel of 736 acres; the largest natural park in the Saint Paul system of parks and it is an important component in a string of parks that protects the biodiversity of the Mississippi River corridor through the Twin Cities. “The park protects…floodplain forest and adjacent steep, wooded slopes cloaked mostly in oak forest, a scattering of wetlands and small lakes (Crosby Lake and Upper Lake), and the Mississippi River shoreline. When the Mississippi River floods fish and other aquatic animals gain access to these small lakes, which act as nurseries for their offspring.” Source material http://www.nps.gov