Today we visited a wonderful wildlife refuge called Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. It has over 1,800 acres of hiking, bird watching and education. This use to be an old dairy farm owned by people with the last name of Creamer.
The former dairy serves as a rest stop and breeding area for many migrating birds. We saw a ton of Sandhill Cranes and lots of regular songbirds. The trails were fantastic. We kept walking because it was so beautiful and before long we had walked 4 miles.
The Boreal Forest trail was our favorite; it looked so green it was like walking in a rain forest. We were also very pleased to be allowed to watch a banding of a baby tree swallow. The fields of wild flowers were bursting with colors of yellow and purple and white with wild pink roses scattered along the trails. Ollie enjoyed this as much as we did, but he is a tired puppy now. :-) I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. More later from Fairbanks.