Binder Park Zoo in the Winter: A Photo Gallery
One of the benefits of working for a place like Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan is simply being there every day and being able to walk outside and see some of the amazing animals, settings, and natural landscapes. In the few years that I worked at Binder Park Zoo, I had a bunch of opportunities to bring my digital camera out and snap plenty of photos. My favorite time to walk around the zoo was during the winter months when the Zoo was closed to the public (except for special holiday events or education programs). It was always very quiet and peaceful, especially on the Swamp Adventure boardwalk.
The Swamp Adventure exhibit at Binder Park Zoo is a boardwalk built from recycled plastic bags through natural Michigan wetlands, swamp, and woodlands. The entire loop is just under a mile long and features some amazing views of the wetlands and forest that surround Binder Park Zoo. Some of the native species that you might see and hear on a quiet day while walking the Swamp Adventure trail include: trumpeter swans, bard owls, red-winged blackbirds, Blanchard's cricket frogs (threatened in Michigan), bullfrogs, white-tail deer, and many more.
Many Binder Park Zoo members visit the zoo on a daily basis and use the Swamp Adventure as a way of exercise. I personally can't think of a better setting for a daily walk than the Swamp Adventure and the Wild Africa boardwalk. You can check out some of my photos of Wild Africa by visiting my Wild Africa Hub.
Tracks in the Snow
In nature, there are so many things that can easily be overlooked. One of the things I always tried to keep an eye out for when walking around the zoo during the winter months were tracks, especially near the ponds and wetlands. Below are a few pictures of the tracks that I found in the snow. The first is a peacock or peahen track. The Zoo takes care of peafowl that roam the Zoo year round. They stay near certain areas of the zoo and never wander far from where they are fed. The second is a feral cat track.
Miller Children's Zoo
One of the staples of Binder Park Zoo is the large dinosaur statue that has been there since I was going as a little kid in the early 90s. Normally, this statue can only be seen from the Miller Children's Zoo, but during the winter months when the trees are bare you can see it from the Swamp Adventure walk.
The Pond in the middle of the East side of Binder Park Zoo is home to many species of fish, birds, and turtles. Following the oil spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, the first two soft shelled turtles treated and cleaned by Binder Park Zoo volunteers and staff were released into this pond.
Many native birds live in the trees and woodlands of Binder Park Zoo. The Zoo puts out several wild bird feeders in front of a window in the Conservation Discovery Center as well as a few around the grounds to attract wild birds to areas where guests will be able to see and enjoy them. Below are a couple shots of a female cardinal that I saw hanging around one of the feeders.
One of my favorite places (I have a lot of favorites) at Binder Park Zoo is the overlook deck on the Swamp Adventure boardwalk. Especially on quiet days, this place gives an awesome view. Not many people actually make it out to enjoy these views as the Swamp Adventure is sometimes a bit intimidating as it is nearly a mile of walking through the woods, but I hope that anyone reading this hub and looking at these photos will take the extra time on their next visit to Binder Park to really experience nature on the Swamp Adventure walk.
My Binder Park Zoo Hubs
- Animals of Binder Park Zoo: A Photo Gallery
Binder Park Zoo is one of my favorite places to bring my digital camera and spend a day snapping shots of the amazing animals that call the Zoo home. Binder Park Zoo is located in Battle Creek, Michigan and is home to over 600 animals. The Zoo is...
- Chinese Red Pandas at Binder Park Zoo
The Chinese red panda at Binder Park Zoo has become a favorite animal to visit for frequent zoo goers, especially of those who came to visit in the fall of 2010. Flynn and Sorrel, two cute baby red panda...
- Snow Leopards in the Winter at Binder Park Zoo
A photo gallery of snow leopards at Binder Park Zoo in the winter. The snow leopard is one of the most beautiful of the big cats.
- Snow Leopards at Binder Park Zoo
Capron, a male snow leopard residing at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, MI. The snow leopard exhibit at Binder Park Zoo is one of the best in the country, providing excellent views of these elusive cats to...