The sights and sounds were more alive than ever at the Dragon Run Creek watershed on Friday, Sept. 21, the last full day of summer.
The Delaware Nature Society runs group kayaking trip to the marsh, and this excursion was led by Jeffery Haas, teacher/naturalist.
You do not have to be an experienced kayaker to do this trip — Dragon Run is approximately 10 square miles just north of Lums Pond with zero current.
Except when you run into a river otter, swimming his nightly laps.
There are still canoeing trips to go on during the month of October. Visit http://delawarenaturesociety.org/ for more information.
Haas, who has been canoeing since he was a child, made frequent bird and owl calls to try and lure the birds out of the trees. He also spotted a small painted turtle.
In total, we heard three different species of owls, spotted a great blue heron, wood ducks, bats, deer, numerous river otters, a painted turtle, a tree frog, and a gorgeous night sky, filled with constellations.
After almost three hours on the water, our small group came home with a number of bug bites and also a greater understanding of Delaware's nocturnal nature habits.