Trail Talk – September 19, 2018

One of the plant “Species of concern” is the green dragon. I have found it in several places all in the flood plain of the Bayfield river. It has a very distinctive swirl of green leaves and the large plants have a long spath. Later the larger plants have a cluster of green berries which turn red. We recently acquired a dragon we named Puff so I brought him down to see four green dragons. I draped one that still had leaves on him, one of the other ones only had bright red berries showing, which are very similar to the jack-in-the-pulpit berries. The green dragons seem only to be present in rich soil, I have only found them in the flood plain of the Bayfield river, put believe they are also in the Maitland river flood plain and possibly in the Hullett marsh. Jack-in-the-pulpits are far more common as they are found in a great variety of habitats.

Wild cucumbers now have fruit but if you try eating one it will cause stomach upset and diarrhea. The other night on the Front road trail I saw two deer standing in the Bayfield river who looked back at me for a while before leaping away.

I have not seen many monarch butterflies in the garden recently, but heard that the daily count of monarchs at Point Pelee has been between 7000 and 10,000, the numbers depend on weather conditions as the gather up for a favourable wind to cross the lake.

The Maitland Trail El Camino has proved to be so popular that registration is full and there is a waiting list in case of cancellations.

NOTE: the section of the Maitland Trail from about 9.5 to 10.5 km will be closed for hunting from October 1st through to December 31st.

Upcoming Hikes

Saturday September 22nd 10:30 AM Port Albert Beach Walk. Leisurely pace 1.5 hours

Join Anne and Diego in a walk through part of the village of Port Albert to the pebbly beach. Meet at the fisheries parking lot just below the bridge. We’ll check out the north side of the river. Contact: Anne Storey 519.529.3050 to register.

Saturday Sept. 29th to Sunday Sept. 30th 2 day MTA El Camino registration is now full but you can add your name to a waiting list cost $25 adults $10 if under 18 detail

Midweek Hikes

The Tuesday Trompers walk for about an hour at a moderate to slow pace starting at 9:00 AM Contact Al Sanders at

The Wednesday hikes start at 9:00 AM for 1.5 to 2 hours at a moderately fast pace. Contact

The Friday L.I.F.E. hikers usually meet at 8:10AM at the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton and hike for 1.5 hours to 2 hours, one group at a moderate the other group at a moderately fast pace. Contact

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