The Archibald Homestead is about 170 acres, consisting of fields, forest, and rocky shoreline. Historically, this was an operational farm, but in recent years, farming had stopped and TKC started to become concerned with the ecological health of the property. The opportunity arose for TKC to purchase the property to protect it in perpetuity, which we did.
When TKC acquired the property, we conducted thousands and thousands of dollars worth of environmental cleanup, removing old buildings, trailers, tires, barrels, and other items that were having a negative impact on the property.
In the fields, we planted over 20,000 of trees in an attempt to turn them back into forests. The trees are coming up very well. In a few spots, the trees are actually taller than me now! There are some photos of these trees further down this post. We also have a Managed Forest Plan on the property. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what the fields look like 20 years from now. I'm sure it'll look very different that it does now.
As I was exploring the shoreline, I saw a female Yellow-rumped Warbler up in a pine tree. I got my binoculars on it and then noticed that it hopped into a nest! She sat there for a few seconds, but by the time I got my camera up, she flew off again. After examining my photo of the nest, it doesn't look like it's complete yet, so she's probably still busy working on it. I'll have to check this out again in a week or two to see how her progress is going. I did some research afterwards and they typically nest on a horizontal branch of a hemlock, spruce, pine, or cedar trees, so this location makes sense!
My visit to the Archibald Homestead finished with a Sandhill Crane flying over my head. Throughout the morning, I managed to record over 60 species of birds on the property. Most of them were singing away! I'm glad that this significant piece of property is protected so that all the wildlife species can thrive on it.