Although small and cryptic, lichens are a big and integral part of the northern landscape. This hike along the Picnic Point Trail near Mink Mountain will display how lichens contribute to and create different habitats, as we move from the rocky Lake Superior shoreline to the nearby forests. Having a hand lens will be of benefit, as we move from the rocky shoreline to the nearby forests. Meet at the Movati parking lot at 9:30 am. Contact Hanna Dorval at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Note: Due to the absence of bluebird eggs in the nesting boxes along the birding route, coupled with the long grass which has yielded ticks, There are very few nest boxes inhabited along the birding route this spring, therefore there are no bluebird eggs or offspring. Many nest boxes have very tall grasses and shrubs nearby which has also produced a very high incidence of ticks. For these two reasons it has been decided to cancel this event for this year.
Join Susan Robinson as we travel the country roads in search of Eastern Bluebirds. Please wear clothing suited for the day. We will meet at the Movati parking lot at 6:00 pm and finish up at 9:00 pm. Bring along your binoculars. Please email or call Susan at email@example.com or call 633-4858 (cell) to secure your spot.
Join us as Allan Gilbert leads this outing beginning with a few stops at local marshes and farmer’s fields. A visit to the boat launch will give the group an opportunity to look for Peregrine Falcons. The highlight of the outing is the hike at Mink Mountain to view the area birds and vegetation. Please wear clothing suited for the day and bring a snack and beverage along. Bring your binoculars for bird and scenery viewing. This trip will begin at 7:30 am and should finish up between 1 and 2 pm. Please contact Allan to secure your spot at 768-8582.
Join Sue Bryan for a winter hike to Caldwell Lake Nature Reserve on the Lake Superior shore. Look for winter birds, mammal tracks and sign in the snow, possibly very early signs of spring. Snowshoes are required. Bring a hearty lunch, water, and dress appropriately for the winter conditions considering level of physical exertion, wind and temperature. The hike into the site along a rough forest trail is about 1.5 hours. Depending on snow conditions it could represent a high level of physical exertion. If ice conditions on Lake Superior are suitable we may hike in through the forest on the trail but return along the Superior shoreline on the frozen lake. We hope to stop for an outdoor hot coffee or tea and eat lunches outdoors at the Bryan cabin on the Superior shore (half way mark in the total hike).
Join Gerry Racey and Al Harris for a winter hike through parts of the Pine Bay 2 Nature Reserve and the Western Lake Superior Conservation Reserve. These make up parts of a provincially significant wetland on the shores of Pine Bay on Lake Superior. We will snowshoe into and through wetland environments, conifer forest, swamp, fen and treed bog.