Watershed - Hedging Your Bets
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This cache is located on the Reserve of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in Hopewell Township. The 930-acre nature reserve is home to the Buttinger Nature Center, the Kate Gorrie Memorial Butterfly House, the Honey Brook Organic Farm, and almost 14 miles of trails. Park in the main parking area off Titus Mill Road.
The Watershed Reserve is open most days, dusk to dawn. It is closed for deer management briefly in the winter. The reserve offers a diversity of habitats including meadows, forests, wetlands, a small pond, streams and the Stony Brook. The reserve harbors a rich assortment of wildlife and plant life. Deer are abundant and other common mammals include meadow voles, shrews, bats, raccoon, skunk, opossum, red fox, squirrels and flying squirrels. Habitat diversity makes this an ideal place for birdwatching – watch for grassland species in the new grasslands, ducks at the pond, as well as herons, hawks, and owls, and much more. The Stony Brook offers some great scenery and wildlife watching opportunities. Visit (visit link) for more information and a map of the trails.
This cache is located off the meadow trail west of the Nature Center. Some minor bushwhacking is necessary to reach the cache but choose your path carefully and you should have no problem. The animals will show you the way.
The reserve is home to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, a member supported non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the natural environment in the 265-square mile region drained by Stony Brook and the Millstone River. They are committed to intelligent and informed land use decision making, the protection of water quality and supply, and the improvement of the community's awareness of environmental issues. Their environmental education program aims to foster personal connections with the natural environment while promoting a sense of stewardship. For further information about the Watershed Association visit www.thewatershed.org.
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