There’s one more chance to see Graham’s prime slice of nature before it goes into its annual winter hibernation.
Morse Wildlife Preserve will be open to the public this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. for walks along trails that offer close looks at the forest, prairie and wetlands. It’s the 2013 season’s final Second Sunday event, the day each month in April through October when the 98-acre preserve is open to unscheduled visitors. After Sunday, it will be closed until next spring except for special events and scheduled field trips by students.
The preserve, located at 25415 70th Ave. E., was created in 1995 from a donation of land from Lloyd and Maxine Morse. Managed by volunteers and the non-profit Forterra, formerly Cascade Land Conservancy, the land near the headwaters of the north fork of Muck Creek is home or foraging grounds to a variety of wildlife that’s been known to include deer, coyotes, bobcats and rabbits. For birdwatchers, the place is a virtual paradise of species such as owls, raptors, aquatic fowl and the western bluebird.
In addition to being a sanctuary of wildlife habitat, the preserve’s mission is to be an educational center for students and the community. Rocky Ridge Elementary School in Graham is among schools whose students have visited.
(Read more in the Oct. 9 print edition of The Dispatch)