Drummond Island: Glen Cove Road - Adventure Birding FEATURED SITE
Directions From the Drummond Island Ferry head east on E Channel Road/M-134. At 4 corners (near the Drummond Island Tourist Association) head straight where the road changes to E Johnsonwood Road. Continue on this road for 7 miles until you reach Dry Lake Road? (marked as Kreaton Road on Google Maps). Turn left (north) and drive for just under a mile till you reach Glen Cove Road. Turn onto Glen Cove Road and begin your birding adventure. The road is about 6 miles long and ends near Glen Cove where it is a short walk to the water. It is advised one uses a 4x4 vehicle, although most of the road is maneuverable by any vehicle. In addition, ORVs can be rented from nearby businesses. They will have access to maps with additional trails as well as potentially good birding locations.
Birding Opportunities Welcome to a new kind of birding, Adventure Birding! Glen Cove Road is a unique 4x4 road crisscrossed by numerous ATV trails. Bird this location by driving a 4x4 vehicle down the main road or using an ATV to travel the trails (rentals are available at nearby businesses). As you travel you will cross through wetlands, hardwoods, and open grassland areas. This makes for a unique and interesting set of bird possibilities such as Sharp-Tailed Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Broad-Tailed Hawks and Mourning Warbler. Look for migrant flocks of warblers in the Spring and Fall traveling through the tree tops, or for migrating Sandhill cranes on the more open areas. The road ends at bays overlooking Lake Huron where waterfowl and Bald Eagles are commonly seen. Traveling down these trails is exciting and provides great wildlife viewing opportunities.
Other Exciting Features: Many different types of wildlife beyond birds can be seen along the road and trails. Black Bear tracks are common in the mud and a lucky individual may even catch a glimpse of one. Coyotes, Fox, and Porcupine are other potential wildlife that can be viewed along the trail. As you travel you will also pass Corn Beef Junction, the site of a historical event that took place between competing loggers back in the 1800s. Stop by the local historical society in town to learn about the story.
Quote of the day
“Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television.” ― Aldo Leopold