As you hike the National Christmas Tree Trail during spring and summer, you may hear what sounds like a squeaky wheel. It's the song of the Black-and-white Warbler. This small bird has a black-and-white head, a gray back streaked with black, and white underparts with black-streaked sides. It inhabits wet or dry deciduous woodlands and brush-lands. It's one of the earliest of the warblers to arrive at its summer breeding range each spring.
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The Black-and-white Warbler creeps with its head either up or down along tree trunks and branches looking for insects. If you don't see this small bird, your ear may let you know it is nearby. The black-and-white's song, a buzzy wheezy weezy weezy weezy-weet, is very distinctive, sounding like a turning wheel in need of oiling. Look, and listen, for the Black-and-white Warbler, and other birds, as you hike the National Christmas Tree Trail.
The hike begins on a spur trail from the campground that brings you to the circuit portion of the hike in about 0.6 miles. There are two more spur trails off the circuit. One leads to the slow-moving Net River and the site of an old beaver dam; the other leads to the boggy shore of Cranberry Lake. Bogs make up a good part of the headwaters of the Net River, and many other rivers in northeastern Minnesota. They act as sponges, holding water from melted snow and rainfall and releasing it slowly. This helps create a more even flow of water in streams and rivers throughout the year.
Economically, it remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere Bakersfield Map Tourist Attractions. When its government is unresponsive to people's needs and unable to ensure stability and provide adequate services Bakersfield Map Tourist Attractions, a country's economy is sure to fail. In Haiti the agony resulting from inept and inadequate institutions is compounded by nature's frequent wrath. It is little wonder that Haitian society is often strained to the limits of human endurance. We will begin our journey through Haiti with a tour of its physical conditions. Because of the earthquake's importance, a separate chapter focuses on the January 12, 2010, quake and its aftermath.