Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Quiet Morning on Cook's, Warmth & Rain Coming

Dawn over Cook's Pond this morning.

A much quieter morning on Cook's Pond.

We learned what happened yesterday to create the dramatic bipolar scenario of active coywolves on one side of Cook's Pond and bedded deer on the other. It turns out that the coywolves had taken down one of the deer and were having a meal, and the fact that the coywolves were focused on that left the deer in relative peace on the other side of the island.

We also got the highest census of deer reported in yesterday by a neighbor. She had counted 32 deer at a peak.

Today means it is 4 days until Ted is on the Appalachian Trail and 3 days until Ted launches south!
You can follow Ted's progress here as he reports in to GWLT on his progress:

Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters:

Temperature is 22.6 degrees and steady;
Humidity is 67% and steady;
Pressure is 30.12" of Hg and steady;
There is no wind movement;
Skies are broken overcast;
The Cascades Brook is covered over in some places and open in others;
The Cascades themselves are still largely buried in snow and ice;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE!

National Weather Service Forecast:

Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

We are curious about the predicted warm weather today, rains and above freezing temperatures tonight and just what that will do to the Cascades and the Cascade Brook. Things could get swollen out there, and the possibility of ice dams breaking on the brook and local rivers adds some interest to the mix.

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