Bird watchers are an anxious breed in the spring as they await the spring migration when many species of birds wing their way to nesting grounds in the county. High on their list is Michigan’s state bird, the robin, as well as other species including cardinals, sandpipers, mourning doves and waterfowl. Among favorite bird watching sites are the Fortune Lakes, where a 2-mile nature trail and the little peninsula afford good views of warblers, loons and eagles. Bring your camera and binoculars to view nesting pairs, but be sure to keep your distance.
Even before the snow melts completely away, wildflowers make their presence known, including the native trillium at Pentoga Park off County Road 424. Downtown Iron River and the Caspian City Hall have incorporated natural plantings with the theme, “Wild Garden Relatives.” Pick up a walking tour brochure at the chamber of commerce.
Hiking & Biking
Unofficially, the first sign of spring may not be the robin but rather the first hiker or biker on the Apple Blossom Trail, which runs from Iron River through Caspian. See the hike and bike section for details on this and other trails.
Snowmelt and April showers combine to swell rivers and streams with waterfalls usually at their annual peak for volume and beauty. Cameras, a steady tripod (for longer exposures) and good hiking boots are recommended. Be sure to view the larger falls from a safe distance.