Perkins is a quiet, peaceful place. LTTV staff visited the property on Wednesday, plodding along ground that was covered in water only a few weeks ago. A healthy mule deer made her way across the meadow and into the tangle of trees and brush on the island. Red wing blackbirds fluttered around and an osprey scanned the water from the top of a dead cottonwood tree.
This special place was gifted to the Land Trust in 2011. The Perkins Property is 12 acres on the eastern tip of Eagle Island where the Boise River splits into two distinct channels. Other streams cross the land during high flows, and at the tip of the island you can see exactly where one branch of the river veers north and the other south. While on this field trip out of the office, staff had the pleasure of meeting a few of Perkins’ residents: the mule deer, a juvenile bald eagle, several other birds, and some small rabbits.
Perkins isn’t all bunnies and bird life, though. There is poison hemlock, invasive false indigo, and the occasional scream of a siren from nearby State Street. Trash, washed up on the gravel bar, was also on the property. Perkins is not accessible to the public, so the cans, plastic bags, and stray paddle came from upriver. With float season opening up in the next few days, this is a reminder for all of us to pack it in, pack it out. It’s also motivation to protect the special places in our valley.