Even though John and I have been in Grand Forks for over 5 years, we had not visited Kelly's Slough (approximately 10 miles west of town) until his dad and special lady friend came to visit in September. It was a lovely day, bordering on hot, when we headed out.
The slough is actually a series of water holes, and there were a couple of lookout towers and several walking paths for visitors. We walked down one path bordering the largest section of water. Apparently the water levels vary on the time of year and whether it's a wet or dry year, and the types of birds vary depending on the season. Spring and Fall migration times were the best for seeing quantity and variety of birds.
We brought Shaak Ti and Shadowfax and they had a great time smelling all of the smells.
We saw a variety of flora, none of which I know. Here are some interesting red berries. As you can tell we went all out for this blog post.
We also saw a variety of big birds. Possibly juvenile bald eagles or golden eagles, herons, ducks, sea gulls, etc. We were a bit unprepared with no binoculars or good camera, but we'll definitely be heading back to check things out again.