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Prendergast Wetland Preserve a fabulous sanctuary for nature study

December 3, 2011
By Ann Beebe , The Post-Journal

This hike, at the Prendergast Creek Wetland Preserve, was difficult but very rewarding. I parked at the marina on Snug Harbor Road to the west of Chautauqua Lake. Just a little beyond the marina is a dock for boats. I walked just to the right of the dock which was the northern edge of the preserve. In the mud were footprints with five toes and nails. Was it a muskrat? No, these feet were rounder and squattier. My guess is that they belonged to a raccoon. I could just picture it dining on crayfish.

 
 

 

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