Shollenberger Park LbNA # 12979 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Jan 4 2005|
As of 11/24/05, I have temporarily removed the boxes at Shollenberger. One is officially missing and will need to be recarved and I will need to scout out at least one new hiding site. Seems the town's clean-up crews really cleaned things up, exposing the boxes. I hope to have them replaced within a couple of weeks. Moon Rabbit
Shollenberger Park is a 165 acre wetlands area wedged between the Petaluma River and the town's growing industrial park. There is a 2 mile flat trail for very easy walking. The area is teeming with birds such as tundra swans, egrets, and herons as well as other wildlife. The periods of bird migration are spectacular!
This trail is great for kids, joggers, bikers, and dogs on leashes.
From Hwy 101, take the Lakeville exit in Petaluma. Head east on Lakeville. Turn right at Cader lane. When Cader Lane ends (stop sign), drive across the road into the driveway that is directly opposite where you are stopped. Drive in a ways and you'll see the sign for the park and the parking lot. Street signage to the park is non-existant. The building to the right of the driveway is Water Pik.
Box 1 is a driveby. And, the stamp is large, so a raised ink pad or an Ink Dot is recommended. Box 2 requires getting on the trail (and, you get a 2-sided stamp!). The trail take 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your pace. There is also a surprise!
Box 1 Clue (Tundra Swan):
"Once in the parking lot, take a brief stroll;
Look North for a white, City Waterline pole.
#13 could be your lucky number;
Bushes behind it is where the box is in slumber."
Note: The Tundra Swan is noted for its smaller stature than the Trumpet Swan and has a staight neck rather than the S-curve neck. They are hearty swans that usually travel in pairs.
Box 2 Clue (Egret):
"Past signpost ten and near eleven,
Is a bench to view this birdly heaven;
Take the short trail that veers off right,
And look for an upright, rusty, old pipe.
A rock will hide what you want to find,
But heed the warning of a "no trespassing" sign."
Note: If you look west, across Hwy 101, you'll see some tall tress on the hillside that have become an egret rookery. Birders monitor the numbers of egrets to keep track of their population in this area.
Trail has times of heavy use, so discretion may be necessary. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon weekdays are generally times of light use. Bringing a pair of binoculars may serve as a "cover" as well as helping you see the wildlife up close.