As you are strolling down the trail, keep an eye out for black bears and other wildlife that use the trail and surrounding habitats. You may notice gnaw and scratch marks on the interpretive post next to you. Many animals, including black bears, mark the area near their usual route of travel in order for their young or others to know which way they travelled. They also use this method as a warning to others. Sometimes you’ll even see some hair that a critter left behind! Bobcat and red wolves are other mammals that use this trail. Wild turkeys have been known to use the area to the right of the trail. Many other birds may be seen depending on the season. The pileated woodpecker is one bird you might hear before you see it. Prothonotary Warblers live here in the spring during nesting season. Although not on the trail, turkey vultures and other raptors may be seen if you look skyward. A wide variety of reptiles and amphibians may be spotted, too. If you walk quietly, many will remain in sight before disappearing into the dark water of the marsh.