Water They Here For?
Cress Creek is named for the Watercress plant.
As you approach the creek, do you notice a change in the scenery around you?
What makes the location appear different from the area you just came from? Do you see more plants? Do you hear more sounds? Do the leaves look or feel different? Does the air temperature change as you come near the water?
Until now you have been hiking through a xeric (zer-ik), or dry environment. The availability of more water at the creek creates a mesic (mez-ik), or wet environment and allows different plants and animals to survive. Watercress and cattails are two of the mail plants that live in the creek. Watercress is a food source for wildlife.