Come home to Highland!
IF YOU GO ...
ABOUT THE ROOKERY
Bring a pair of binoculars and head east along the Little Calumet River Levee or the Erie Lakawanna Trail until you reach Liable Road to enjoy spectacular views of beautiful birds, ducks, geese and water-loving mammals.
HIGHLAND'S HERON ROOKERY
Highland’s Heron Rookery is awash in activity of the avian variety.
While great blue heron chicks hone their flying and hunting skills, egret nestlings that appear in the marsh are even more snowy white than their majestic parents. Owls, a host of native and migratory birds, even the occasional eagle are spotted by those patient enough to watch the comings and goings of life on the marsh.
More than two years after Highland Main Street began looking to increase accessibility to the rookery trail, which sits atop a berm on the south side of the Little Calumet River, a paved access trail and parking area are now complete.
“The rookery is a treasure everyone, regardless of mobility, may now be able to experience,” Redevelopment Director Cecile Petro said. “The paving made it all possible.”
The trails and rookery are open year-round to all schools, Girl and Boy Scout troops, bird watchers and nature lovers. Benches and fixed binoculars are available for your viewing pleasure.
The Rookery is a partnership between Highland Main Street, Highland Redevelopment Commission, Highland Community Foundation, Highland Parks & Recreation and the Legacy Foundation, which provided a grant for signage, stationary binoculars, brochures and a bench.
Please make a checks payable to the Town of Highland Parks and Recreation Donation Fund and write “Rookery” in the memo line.