Past Meetings - 2003
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meeting date for a full report with pictures
December 21 - Credit River / Orangeville Town Canada Flag
December 7 -
BRUCE TRAIL - off of Dunby Road - Report.
November 2 - BRUCE TRAIL - off of Dunby Road
October 19 -
MONO CLIFFS - 25th Sideroad entrance (North side)
No one showed up for this hike
but I had a great time with the fall colours!
I started out through the meadow walking very slowly as to not
disturb anything on the landscape. It was very foggy today and the fog was
starting to rise and evaporate. There were a lot of trails through the tall
grass mostly cottontail trails. I noticed that everything was very quiet i
would imagine from last nights rain. It was very wet this morning as well. The
chickadees were singing and the crows were flying all over. As i approached
"Northern Outlook"- a magnificent view atop a large hill surrounding
the deciduous forest and fall colours below. There were signs of fall
everywhere. Chipmunks and squirrels were working hard to prepare for the
winter. The birds were conserving energy and singing there beautiful songs as
if to say "the end of fall and the beginning of winter is coming ever so
soon". I found some fox scat on the trail on the way back and a fox trail
that lead along a fence line. The remains of what might be a golden crown
kinglet were also noted. Today's hike was a lot of fun as always and we wish
to encourage you to come out to the next one as we attempt to unravel the
secrets and beauties that mother earth has in store for us.
July 6 - MONO CLIFFS - 2nd Line entrance (West
side) - Report.
June 15 - HOCKLEY VALLEY PROVINCIAL NATURE
RESERVE - 3rd Line
Two people showed up for a productive day of
investigating plants & tracks, and simply absorbing the beautiful day.
June 8 - Credit River/ Orangeville Town Canada
Today's hike started off at the beginning of the Credit
River located in the eastern section of Orangeville. Only 2 people came out
for today's hike but nevertheless it was a gorgeous day. Signs of summer were
visible everywhere and the breeze brought the fragrances of summer. Canada
Geese were spotted at the bridge near the beginning of the trail. Red-winged
blackbirds were in the marsh singing loudly to each other. The buds on the
trees were out. We spotted a yellow shafted flicker's nest in a hollow tree
cavity and heard a horned lark singing pleasantly in the meadow. As we
continued down the trail we noticed Coyote scat on the trail. The Scots pine
trees were showing their signs of new growth. Everything was looking so lush
and so flourishing.
At the beaver dam we spotted a pair of Canada geese and
their chicks from this year. Red-winged blackbirds were everywhere as well.
Swallows were circling the beaver pond looking for little insects flying near
the water. The neatest sighting of the day was a pair of yellow warblers -
what an awesome looking bird! It is so neat to have seen a pair of them as
well. Singing back and forth to each other proclaiming our presence. Marsh
marigold was spotted on the edge of the marsh (be careful it has some edible
and poisonous sections).
Coltsfoot leaves were found also along the marsh and new
cattails were beginning to sprout too. As we made our way back to the cars we
noticed some deer tracks in a favoured area. Today was a lot of fun and a lot
of knowledge was shared (between the two of us) and I would like to thank
Mother Earth for such a wonderful and enjoyable day. Hope to see some of you
out there on future hikes.
May 17 - BRUCE TRAIL - off
of Dunby Road - Report.
May 4 - MONO CLIFFS - 2nd Line entrance (West side)
Apr 20 - BRUCE TRAIL - 4th Line Hockley Valley
We started out on a journey on the 4th line Bruce Trail that
would take us deep into the Hockley Valley located just northeast of
Orangeville. A small group of 4 took part in this adventure and we hoped to
further our understanding of spring tree identification. It was a beautiful
day. A blue sky and a refreshing breeze. Shortly into the hike we noticed
several different species of trees such as: Walnut, White and Black Ash,
Highbush Cranberry, Hard/Sugar Maple, Ironwood (Eastern Hop Hornbeam) and
abundance of Eastern Hemlock and Atlantic White Cedar to name a few. The ashes
were difficult to ID at first but we recalled a rhyme to remember the bud
pattern. On White Ash trees the buds are set up tight against the terminal bud
(White is Tight) and on Black Ash the buds are set back from the terminal bud
(Black is Back). [Also, Black ash grows in wet areas, whereas White Ash grows
in more upland, drier areas]
We noticed the first signs of mushrooms and ferns returning to
the hardwood forest from their winter dorm. The stream that crossed the trail
was flowing relatively fast and warm for this time of year. Unfortunately, it
looked like parts of this beautiful hardwood forest had fallen victim to both
clear and selective cutting in past years. The buds were beginning to form on
the branches which led us to believe that spring is truly just around the
corner. The trail looped around and back to the trailhead where we started.
Also on this hike, we took a little bit of time to talk about edible plants as
one of the hikers was planning on going on a full survival adventure north of
Sudbury later this year. But, Edible and Medicinal Plants as a "Hike
Theme" will have to wait until the forest comes entirely to life. Thanks
to all who came out on this wonderful day, a lot was learned by all and we
look forward to seeing you in the near future.
-- Nathan Burnett
April 6 - Credit River/
Orangeville Town Canada Flag - Report.
March 23 -
MONO CLIFFS - 25th Sideroad entrance (North side) -