29 Apr 2018 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Note: Due to rain in the forecast, this trip has been postponed until May 6th, same place and time.

Ephemerals, flowering shrubs, and birds in the western Greenbelt

Leader: Greg Lutick
Meet: NCC Parking Lot P3 (just west of the intersection of Corkstown Road and the Trans-Canada Trail, between Wesley Clover Park and the Wesley Clover Campground). We will leave some vehicles there and carpool to where the Trans-Can Trail intersects Robertson Road in order not to have to retrace our steps.

Come and explore the Greenbelt trails between Robertson Road and Timm Drive. We will be looking primarily at early flowering plants but take in the general natural history of the area. The area has a wide variety of habitats and plant species as well as some interesting birds. There is a mix of both native and introduced species and, over the course of a couple months, we can observe developmental changes among the plant communities. A partial biological inventory has been prepared of the area and we will be looking to clarify or note new species. I encourage attendees to come to all three outings to note the significant changes in the plant (and bird) communities. Some interesting species previously observed are: Cancer Root (Conopholis americana); both Toothwort and Cut-leaved Toothwort; Virginia and Carolina Spring Beauty; Narrow-leaved and Hardhack Spireas; Early Saxifrage; Black Chokeberry; Black Huckleberry; Mourning Warbler and Winter Wren.

The walk will be at least 5 km long and done at a moderate to leisurely pace. We may go past noon. Come prepared for walking on easy to slightly rough trails. There will probably be a couple wet areas to traverse so bring either waterproof footwear or shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Blackflies and/or mosquitoes and/or ticks could be present so dress accordingly and/or bring repellent.

If the weather on the listed date is raining the trip will be postponed to the following weekend, same place and time. Contact Greg at 613-818-9946 or gjlutick [at] gmail.com if more info is required.

This event is part of a three-part series; the subsequent hikes are scheduled for May 20 and June 17.