An Osprey And A Lot More Mosquitoes: A Late Summer Hike At The PPL Wetlands.
After a successful mushroom outing on Saturday, I decided to hike in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Sunday morning. I wanted to see how the recent heavy rains and flooding affected the wetlands. When I arrived I found the river still high from the rains , and the wetlands infested with swarms of mosquitoes.
The rains had not only filled the existing ponds and canals with water but also created large areas of flooding which provided additional breeding grounds for the mosquitoes. There used to be a trail here. It is now under water.
And there were swarms of mosquitoes. I don’t think I had ever received as many mosquito bites as I did on Sunday. I walked through the wetlands and actually had difficulty taking photographs because of the dozens of mosquitoes that buzzed around my head.
As bad as they were, they are part of nature too. And serve a purpose, providing food for the birds, spiders and dragonflies also living in the wetlands. <a