Trail Talk 141October 21st 2020

Bayfield River from the Sawmill trail
A Maple at the Clinton Conservation Area

We had an interesting visitor at lunch when eating outside, it was a Western Conifer Seed Bug.  It was crawling up our patio umbrella pole. These Seed bugs are plant eaters and used to be only seen on the West side of the Rockies, but are now becoming quite common East of the Rockies.

Although there are now fewer wildflowers in bloom, this is more than made up for by the splendour of the fall colours in all shades of green, yellow, orange and red.   I explored the Bayfield River Flats on Monday morning, which is a popular place for fishermen. I had to squeeze my car into a space in the parking lot as there were over 20 vehicles there.

Virginia Creeper

I have been puzzled by a couple of sights on the trail.  There was a golf ball sitting in the middle of the trail in the John and Marylo Graham Nature Conservancy property, with no golf course anywhere near the trail. Then on Tuesday evening there was a half-eaten corn cob on the trail near the Bayfield river, but the nearby fields all had soybean crops, so it had been carried a long way to where I saw it.  At the Trestle across the Bayfield river I watched a long procession of well over a thousand small flies (like small mosquitoes), they were flying upstream about one to three feet above the water and quite well spaced apart, there was a similar swarm there about a week earlier.

I am now reading Diana Beresford Kroeger’s book , “To Speak for the Trees”. She reinforces what Tallamy promotes, which is the need for lots of native trees for innumerable benefits,  including capturing carbon to help with climate change.  Another benefit is the release of pinene from pine needles as the temperature rises.  Pinene is easily absorbed by the skin as you walk through a pine forest and results in a boost to your immune system.  She urges everyone to plant at least one tree a year for at least six years to help with climate change.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority   “Get Outdoors Bingo” contest ends on October 29th.

Notes:  Hikers are expected to be socially distant from others

Deer gun hunting is from Monday November 2nd to Sunday November 8th when the Maitland Trail (but not the GART or Maitland Woods, or Millennium trails)  and Lobb trail among others will be closed.

Turkey Hunting season is Oct 1-31st  for bow hunting, Oct 13-25th for gun hunting, when the Bayfield Woodland trail will be closed.

October 24th The Bad Thing race will be taking place on the Maitland Trail, please step off the trail to let runners come through.

The Woodland Arboretum Nature trail is closed across the bridge at the pond for an unknown time.

The section A-B in the Maitland Woods trails may be closed for work to replace a boardwalk.

The logging at Lobbs is now not expected until after the Soybean crop has been harvested.

Saturday  Oct 25th at 2 p.m.  Join the Bayfield Trail Association for a hike at Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area. Parking is off Hwy 21 at 79152, between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. This is easy to miss, if coming from Goderich, the entrance is just after a group of log cabins.

Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. every week at different trails for a one hour hike.

Uneven day hikers meet at 8:30a.m. for 1 ½ to 2 hour hike on Wednesday or Thursday whichever has an odd date, e.g Thursday October 29th   Contact pcapper.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com.