WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - After last year's drought a West Lafayette nature center is filling up and getting back to normal.
“There's another bird over there," West Lafayette resident Maralee Baumgardner said during a visit to the Celery Bog Tuesday afternoon.
Maralee and her husband Marion make visiting the Celery Bog part of their daily routine.
"Almost every morning at 7 a.m. and we have a delightful time for 30 minutes walking, talking, looking and listening,” Maralee said. “It's just a tremendous way to start the day.”
"I love the tranquility,” Marion explained. “I like to walk in the early morning. I'll walk for 30 minutes or so and sit down and listen to the birds. Bird songs in the morning are just fantastic."
Marion said throughout the years he's seen many different phases of the bog.
"When I came in '53, there was barely any water in the bog,” Marion explained. “The older people who have lived in this area all of their life knew when celery was actually grown in this bog."
But Marion said he's never seen the bog in the conditions like it was last year during the drought.
"It just got so dry, especially on the other side of the bridge here,” Marion explained. “There was no water there for several weeks."
But a year later, West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Superintendent Joe Payne said that's all changing.
"Everything is pretty much back to normal but it is starting to get a little lower right now which it does at this time of year," Payne said.
“The fowl have come back,” Marion said. “Many different water fowl have come back and we see a lot more activity in the bog. Definitely more animal and bird activity than we did last year."
“We sometimes see a rabbit or a squirrel,” Maralee said. “Once in a while we see a turtle or a muskrat. But it's just very, very interesting. It changes everyday!"
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