Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula, aka the "Crow's Nest" | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Old Mission Peninsula residents have been watching the shoreline around the OMP slowly crumble and disappear this year, and one spot where that’s keenly evident is the end of Forest Avenue in the village of Old Mission.

Forest Avenue is the road on the right past Haserot Beach that winds through Old Mission Resort and the Leffingwell Forest Preserve, ending in a little turnaround that’s been pushed back and gotten smaller through the years because of increasing erosion. We used to call that turn-around the “Crow’s Nest” when I was a kid.

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Here are a few photos of the current situation out there, including one where you can see Tim at the top, checking to see if I’d been swallowed up by the sea down below, and another where a sign on the tree that crashed into the water reads, “Please Stop Erosion: Do Not Go Up and Down This Bluff” (investigative reporting sent me down there – I don’t advise it).

For more information about protecting our OMP shorelines, be sure and attend the shoreline workshop organized by OMP resident Monnie Peters on Nov. 4. Read more about the workshop here.

Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula, aka the “Crow’s Nest” | Jane Boursaw Photo
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula, aka the “Crow’s Nest” | Jane Boursaw Photo
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula, aka the “Crow’s Nest” | Jane Boursaw Photo
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula, aka the “Crow’s Nest” | Jane Boursaw Photo
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula, aka the “Crow’s Nest” | Jane Boursaw Photo
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula
Shoreline erosion at the end of Forest Avenue on the Old Mission Peninsula, aka the “Crow’s Nest” | Jane Boursaw Photo

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for posting the shots of what’s happened at what those of us who stay at Old Mission call the bluffs — we also used to call the higher part of the bluffs “Eagle’s Nest” not “crows nest.”

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