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CW10 – Praying Mantis

A cache by Crosswinds Cache Crew Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 06/13/2015
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


Crosswinds Marsh is one of the largest man-made wetlands in the country. It was built to replace the wetlands that were paved over to expand Wayne County's Detroit Metro Airport (the McNamara terminal). Wayne County, together with Sumpter Township, purchased over 900 acres of farmland that believe it or not, was once wetland that had been converted into farm fields by draining the a process that took over a year. They flooded former farm fields, planted new wetland plants and transplanted endangered species from metro Airport. The area is managed by the Wayne County Parks.

On August 8 the Parks system put on a Hobby day and invited some members of MIGO to participate. As part of the day's activities a Geocahing event was held which included the launch of 12 Geocaches dedicated to the various species associated with the wildlife area. This cache is one of them. A link to all of the caches may be FOUND HERE. In the cover of the cache you will find a three digit code. Record this code for entering into a online form for registration for a commemorative collectible for those that complete the series. The link to the form is found HERE.

Praying Mantis
A praying mantis is a large insect whose name comes from the way it stands in an upright posture with its forelegs folded in front of it, as if in prayer, to wait for unsuspecting prey. The praying mantis moves its spiny forelegs extremely fast, grasping the victim and biting off its head. It continues eating its meal, which may consist of just about any insect it can grab, and even humming birds!

The cache, a medium lock and lock, is hidden in the typical geocache fashion less than 30 feet off the Woodpecker loop. Bushwhacking is not required and discouraged.

Crosswinds Marsh Rules
No fires
No bikes / ATVs / personal watercraft
No swimming or ice fishing
Dogs must be leashed
No alcohol or illegal substances
No camping
Fishing in designated areas only
Collecting of plants & animals prohibited
All Geocachers must follow the above rules

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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