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Binder Park Zoo in the Winter: A Photo Gallery

Updated on November 6, 2011
Dodo bird statue - Binder Park Zoo
Dodo bird statue - Binder Park Zoo

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.

Swamp Adventue

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.

Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Peacock Track in the Snow at Binder Park Zoo
Peacock Track in the Snow at Binder Park Zoo
Cat Track in the Snow at Binder Park Zoo
Cat Track in the Snow at Binder Park Zoo
Human Track in the Snow at Binder Park Zoo
Human Track in the Snow at Binder Park Zoo

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.

Dinosaur Statue at Binder Park Zoo
Dinosaur Statue at Binder Park Zoo
Dinosaur Statue at Binder Park Zoo
Dinosaur Statue at Binder Park Zoo
Marsh Overlook at Binder Park Zoo
Marsh Overlook at Binder Park Zoo

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.

Pond

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.

Pond at Binder Park Zoo
Pond at Binder Park Zoo
Pond at Binder Park Zoo
Pond at Binder Park Zoo

Michigan Birds

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.

Female Cardinal at Binder Park Zoo
Female Cardinal at Binder Park Zoo
Female Cardinal at Binder Park Zoo
Female Cardinal at Binder Park Zoo

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.

View from an overlook on the Swamp Adventure walk at Binder Park Zoo
View from an overlook on the Swamp Adventure walk at Binder Park Zoo
Pond at Binder Park Zoo
Pond at Binder Park Zoo
Bald Eagle Exhibit at Binder Park Zoo
Bald Eagle Exhibit at Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo
Swamp Adventure - Binder Park Zoo

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      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      I live in Battle Creek. It is nice to see something familiar!

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