2018-07-05 / Outdoors

Monkey flower the focus of upcoming Conservancy hike

The Michigan monkey flower is only found one place in the world, and that’s right here in northern Michigan. This rare species will be the object of one of the Leelanau Conservancy’s upcoming guided hikes this week.

Those interested in joining in the search for the Michigan monkey flower are invited to escape the busy beach and join docents Sharon Oriel, Karl Hausler and Mary Tris at Hatlem Creek Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Other hikes are scheduled for the weekend as well.

Kehl Lake Natural Area will be the site for a cultural and natural history hike on Saturday at 10 a.m. Docents Ann McInnis and Jane Gale will share information about the cultural and natural history of the natural area which has been a focal point for centuries for Native peoples, European immigrants and a variety of wildlife.

A third hike on the Conservancy calendar is set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Whaleback Natural Area. Whaleback rises to a height of 300 feet, allowing hikers to see a dynamic view of Pyramid Point across Manitou Passage. This time of year, thimbleberry plants along the path may be bearing fruit.

Interested in attending? Sign up online at the Leelanau Conservancy website.

Hikers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. A water bottle may be a good idea as well. While dogs on leash are welcome at Leelanau Conservancy natural areas, they are not allowed on docent-led hikes.

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