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Trail Talk 319 - July 3, 2024

On Friday I left a note about my missing Japanese trowel and on Sunday I went back to clear some more Himalayan balsam from the west side of the G2G and after finishing I found my trowel on the bench. Thank you to the person who returned it.

After joining the BIMY (Butterflies in My Back Yard) Project, I have tried to photograph all the ones I see. However, some are not very cooperative. On Monday June 24th I managed to photograph 28 butterflies.  Some I saw on my morning walk on the Maitland Trail at Sharpes Creek Line, quite a lot more were seen in our garden and a few more on my hike after supper on the Front Road. My count was 2  Northern Pearly Eyes, 5 Red Admirals, 10 Small (Cabbage) Whites, 7 Northern Crescents, I Gray Comma, 3 Essex (European) Skippers and 1 Silver Spotted Skipper.

There is an interesting article about Red Spotted Admirals (aka Red-Spotted Purples) and White Admirals in Wikipedia. North of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are White Admirals, down to the bottom of the Great L, there are both Red Spotted and White Admirals which sometimes interbreed and in the Southeast there are only red Spotted Admirals. The Red Spotted Admiral mimics the Pipevine Swallowtail, which is distasteful to birds and does not breed in the North.

            Have you noticed the fireflies blinking away at night. This is the time of year when you are most likely to see them.  Also the Michigan Lilies are now in bloom, there is a great display of these five foot high lilies near the start of the Clinton conservation Area trail.


The work on the G2G tunnel under County Road 25 has been completed.


Sunday July 7th 1 p.m. Hike on the Maitland Trail and Robertson Tract trails for about 1 ½ hours - Meet at the bottom of Bridge Road near the Auburn end of the Maitland Trail. This section has no significant hills.  For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Patrick Capper at


Saturday July 13th 9 a.m. Hike the Naftel’s Creek trails and the George G. Newton Nature reserve trails for about 2 hours. Meet at 79152 Hwy 21. For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact George Cantin at or Jonah Melville at Jonah.melville@ This is a Level 1, moderate pace, 2 hours.


Saturday July 13th 10 a.m. Learn about Bayfield history on the Admiral Bayfield Heritage Walk lead by David Yates 2km 90 minutes. Meet at the pavilion at Clan Gregor Square.


Sunday July 14th  9.30 a.m. Cycle - Pinery Provincial Park. For details call or text Donald Andrew at 519-530-9019 or Gena Lowe at Difficulty: beginner. This 14-km trail follows a wooded path in a loop around half of the park. Savanna Trail is mostly paved, with some gravel sections, and follows the path of the eastern one-way road to several beach areas and walking trails.


Saturday July 20th 10 a.m. Mindfulness Walk on the Millennium trail.


Saturday July 27th 10 a.m. a Stop and Look walk on the Sawmill Trail. Leader Ralph Blasting 519-525-3205 or


Maitland Trail Association‘s El Camino on Saturday September 21st and 22nd is sold out.


All participants taking part in the Maitland Trail events should sign the waiver for 2024, preferably the online version.

            Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to hike for about an hour. If you wish to be on this email list, send an email to or complete the waiver and form on the Tuesday Tromper page of the MTA website.

            Midweek Hikers hike for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays, contact Patrick Capper.

Both groups meet at 9 a.m. and are open to non-members provided they sign the MTA On-line waiver.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at



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