My father and I headed out to Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center on yet another cold winter day. Dyken Pond, at 180 acres, is the largest lake on the Rensselaer Plateau as well as the headwaters for the Poestenkill Creek. The Center sits on nearly 600 acres of land in the towns of Grafton, Poestenkill and Berlin. We took a short walk onto the frozen lake and didn't appear to be seeing any signs of recent ice fishing action.
We kept a watchful eye open for signs of animal tracks in the woods.
A bit further down the trail, we came across an area where there was much animal activity. There was even a small dug out shelter several feet away near a foot bridge.
Overall, we walked about 1.75 miles altogether. It felt great to get out into the woods, even with a cold, windy, snowy day. I truly appreciate the opportunity to get out with my dad and soak in his wildlife knowledge. Always a pleasure.