This weeks post comes to you from Goose Ponds. At least, that’s what I’m calling it. Technically the property isn’t even publicly owned. However; It’s part of the Waste Management High Acres Landfill area. They list it as a ‘nature trails/wildlife habitat refuge.’ They allow access to the property by the public 365 days a year and even encourage the following activities:
- Nature walks
- School field trips
- Bird watching
- Cross country skiing
Tonight is only the second time I’ve been here and it’s gone through a lot of changes since the last time. There’s a new pond, nice new green areas and a new 100′ hill which creates a barrier between the road and the property. The last time I was here it was sunrise (picture: left) and it was extremely quiet and peaceful.
This time around, just before dusk, the silence seems to be coming to a close. All I can hear is frogs croaking, geese honking, ducks flapping, crickets chirping, birds swooping low over the water and the occasional howling of the wind. It’s peaceful, and intense, all at the same time. Like a tiny bit of wilderness right in the middle of Perinton (well, really on the side of Perinton).
Unfortunately it’s getting dark so I don’t have a lot of time to explore, but Waste Management claims there’s over 4 miles of trails to explore, and there’s certainly a lot of natural wildlife to observe. As with any wildlife/nature area, Dusk & Dawn are the best times to be around.
The parking lot is on 31f just outside of the village heading east. Or, you can find it by using my Instamapper track below:
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