JJCardinal's Wild Bird & Nature Store, Grand Blanc, MI
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Many of our nature hikes & birdwalks take place at The Commons Nature Preserve located behind the McFarlen Public Library, 515 Perry Rd., Grand Blanc, MI. The lovely illustrated view of the preserve below may take a moment to appear (image file: 155kb), but we hope you find it was worth the wait. See our calendar of Events for the next scheduled stroll through this lovely place. More maps available; see below.

illustration by Louise Dawson

see the first version of the map by clicking hereclick here to see Alex Hill's GPS version of the Commons MapCaution: this illustrated map was drawn in 1998 - nature has a way of evolving and some of the trails, when not maintained, do "grow over". Recent visitors at the Commons will attest: some trails are barely distinguishable. For those who wish to print map without headers etc., "right click" mouse while pointing to the illustration; select "print picture" - it will easily fit on one 8½"x11" page.  The most significant change to the Commons is the addition of a large pond in 2001 to control runoff and attract water loving creatures. You can still access the original "map" by clicking the tiny image to the left. As cute as the illustration is, a large part of the northern section of the Commons is not reflected. In 2005 our friend Alex Hill made an accurate map using GPS software showing the nature preserve complete with trails, Thread Creek, pond and other key features.    
J.J. Cardinal's Wild Bird & Nature Store ®
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12830 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, Michigan   810-695-8733
Revised 07/04/14  illustrations, text & fun © LAD, Inc. 2014
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