Topic: Focus on Finzel
Field Trip Leader: Joe Metzger, Western Mountains Chapter of MNPS
Our local chapter will meet outside to explore this unusual shrub swamp owned by The Nature Conservancy. Finzel Swamp is located in a landscape feature called a “frost pocket”. It lies at high elevation (2700’) in a poorly drained depression surrounded by hills. This combination provides more moisture and cooler temperatures compared with other areas on the Allegheny Plateau. As such Finzel Swamp is home to state-rare northern vegetation, including Canadian burnet, wild calla, and larch. It also supports state-rare breeding birds such as the alder flycatcher and saw-whet owl. Wear waterproof footwear; bring insect repellant and a flashlight. Sorry, but no pets allowed and no rest rooms available.
This free program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 29 and head north on Route 546 for ~ 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Cranberry Swamp Road (just past ballfield) and follow signs for TNC property. Parking is limited so please car pool.