Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail and Trail Activities
2016-17 Board: Martha Garber, Daylene Welty, Melanie Taylor, Roger Perry,
Pete Weir (Vice President), Anne Noah (Secretary), John Rothhaar and
David Oellerich (Treasurer). Not present: Jim Ryan (President).
Following the annual Board dinner President Jim Ryan gave Rusty Spike recognition to
Ed Butt, Sharon McKinley and Bryce Dreezen, all of whom served six years on the Board:
Ed served as Secretary, Sharon as Newsletter Coordinator, and Bryce as Treasurer.
Assembling the Fall 2016 Trailblazer are Suzy Vigland, Sharon McKinley, Melanie
Taylor and Holly Loring, with Margie Anderson sitting. Not shown: Blair Foote and Jim Ryan.
Bryce and Ed were among the Board members staffing the Trail booth at the CSA Art Fair.
Rick Schmitt and Brian Confer of Stormcloud present a symbolic check to Martha
Garber, Melanie Taylor, Jim Ryan, David Oellerich and Bryce Dreeszen of FBVT
following the fundraiser that was part of "Stormcloud Builds Community."
The Spring 2016 Trailblazer Team: Char Ester, John Ester, Susan Olson, Becky Ogilvie,
Nancy Murray, Melanie Taylor, Nick Olson, Judy Macey, Jim Ryan (Photo by Sharon McKinley)
Among those assembling the November Trailblazer newsletter at Trinity Lutheran
Church were John Kundel, Jim Ryan, Nancy Patterson and Nancy Williams.
Mary and Tom Torbet were also on the November newsletter team.
Rosemary Tanner was part of the team, too. Also helping but camera shy were
Margie Anderson, John Ruckrich, Sharon Mckinley and Melanie Taylor.
Wildlife Along the Trail
This male Chestnut-sided Warbler sang his "Pleased to meet'cha" song for those
attending the Benzie Audubon Club's late-May field trip. (Photo by Carl Freeman)
This was one of two Snapping Turtles laying eggs along the Trail. (Photo by John Ester)
In June both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos were found along the Trail between
Adams Road and the Betsie River. This is the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. (Photo by John Ester)
Bottle Gentian, a relatively rare Michigan wildflower, near Railroad Point. (Liz Calhoun photo)
May brought out Marsh Marigolds (Caltha palustris) in profusion along
the Trail between River Road and M-115. (Photo by Bill Olsen)
At the same timeTrillium were in full bloom in the same area. (Photo by Bill Olsen)
While many of the bluebird boxes along the Trail are used successfully, some nests fail. This was
one such nest, containing five Eastern Bluebird eggs that never hatched. (Photo by John Ester)
Tree Swallows also use bluebird boxes to build their feathery nests. Unfortunately
this one failed, as reflected by the four unhatched eggs. (Photo by John Ester)
Showy Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) in June (Photo by Bill Olsen)
Ox-eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) (Photo by Bill Olsen)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadesis) (Photo by Bill Olsen)
Larger Blue Flag (Iris versicolor) (Photo by Bill Olsen)
Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) (Photo by Bill Olsen)
Day Lily (Hemerocallis fulva) (Photo by Bill Olsen)
Female Snapping Turtle laying eggs next to the Trail (Photo by Bill Olsen)
Juvenile Osprey in late summer over the mouth of Betsie Bay (Photo by John Ester)
This Green Frog joined in the chorus at the "Birding by Ear" field
trip of the Benzie Audubon Club. (Photo by Carl Freeman)
Love was afoot (shall we say) for these Little Wood-Satyr butterflies
mating on the Benzie Audubon field trip. (Photo by Carl Freeman)
Look carefully; mosquitoes are gorging themselves on this female snapping turtle
laying eggs by the wetland along the Trail near River Road. (Photo by Carl Freeman)
There is great butterfly habitat where the Trail runs along a wetland near Thompsonville.
On this Benzie Audubon Club field trip Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) has
attracted a Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele). (Photo by John Ester)
The trail is enjoyed by users of all ages, as shown by this young man on the
Audubon butterfly trip. (Photo by John Ester)
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