14 Apr 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Please note the change of date. Due to a heavy layer of ice and snow at the site, this event has been moved to April 14th, one week later.

Leader: Connie Clark

Meet: Osgoode Youth Association Parking Lot at 5479 Osgoode Main St, Osgoode Link Pathway

Skunk Cabbage plants (Symplocarpus foetidus) emerge in March as snow begins to melt. The plants have the ability to generate enough warmth to melt the snow around them and to disseminate the flower’s odour which attracts early small pollinators. The minuscule flowers are protected by a hood formed by rigid outer leaves which may be maroon or red and often streaked with yellow. Within a few weeks the hoods disappear and are replaced by very large leaves. Bring rubber boots. Due to the unusually heavy amount of snow this year, it is difficult to predict exactly when the skunk cabbages will be accessible and visible. Please check the OFNC website in case there is a postponement.