Earlier this month Little Crab and I met the local homeschooling group at the Mendenhall wetlands. It was low tide and we were able to walk and walk and walk. As tides ebb and flow across the wetlands, much of the refuge alternates between a pasture and a shallow sea.
Chase got a kick out of looking for duck poop and getting to say “poopy pants” once he found some. It was cold that day and we do not own waders. I also do not own a proper pair of boots yet. I guess you could say I have been in denial. Everyone who lives in Alaska should own a pair of boots!
The Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge is 4,000 acres of habitat for migrating and resident birds. Just a few of those birds are: Canada Goose, Raven, Eagles, Great Blue Heron, Gulls, Peeps, Sandpipers and Sparrows.
Throughout the year, the diverse plant communities are home to more than just birds also a dozen different mammals, eight anadromous fishes, and an abundance of other marine life also live there too. Which makes this an amazing place to walk, hike and look around. We enjoyed the couple of hours we spent there and plan to watch the tides this summer and go back and walk again, after I buy a pair of boots!