16 Nicole Drive
Primary access is located via an informal trail across an open lawn area. Passive recreational activities are permitted.
Parking: Parking is located at the hammerhead on Nicole Dr.
Nicole Drive is located off Princeton Boulevard in the Highlands neighborhood of Lowell.
Black Brook – Hidden Tributary to the Merrimack River
This is a great property to visit if you would like to get up close with Black Brook. Nearly half of the property is covered by Black Brook which forms a shallow, pond-like pool, flowing east through the property and into the Merrimack River.
The property is valued for wetland habitats, biodiversity, and connection with other open spaces and wetlands, including the Merrimack River.
Wildlife Habitat & Biodiversity
Mass Audubon’s Ecological Extension Service conducted an eco-inventory of this property in 2009, which included the identification of the following wildlife:
Mammals: Common muskrat, raccoon
Fish: Common carp, bullhead catfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, largemouth bass
Reptiles: Green frog, bullfrog, painted turtle, snapping turtle
Birds: Common grackle, Baltimore oriole, American robin, goldfinch, song sparrow, catbird, mallards, Canada geese
Flying insects: Dragonfly, damselfly, caddis fly
Macroinvertebrates: backswimmer, isopod, planaria (flatworm), biting midge larva, snail, damselfly nymph, water mites, amphipod, bloodworm, leech, mosquito larva, water strider