All the owls in the valley like Lodi a lot,
But the Lodi Lake Trail is a favorite spot.
They perch in each oak tree, rounds eyes all a-glow,
And peer at the curious children below,
With bright, eager docents proceeding to share
The sights and the sounds of the habitats there.
They talk about Mallards and crawdads and fish,
Cattails and tule and which ones are which.
They point out the Scrub Jays (not Blue Jays, that’s wrong!)
And listen for deer and the Chorus Frog’s song.
The owl hears, “Will we see a poisonous snake?”
And, “Why are there turtles, not pigs, in Pig’s Lake?”
While the guides, ever patient, lead on down the trails,
Explaining why squirrels have such bushy long tails.,
And why the most beautiful birds are the males.
When the tour’s at an end they’ve all done their best
To impart a love of nature to each wide-eyed guest.
The owl heaves a sigh; settles down in its nest,
And closes its eyes, thinking, “Now for some rest.”