Trail Talk 209 March 2nd 2022

On what trail bench are Irene Brooks and Anne Storey sitting on?

In last trail talk the two chairs were on the Zavitz loop section of the Bayfield Woodland Trail. Zavitz being one of several landowners who allow the trail to cross their property on the Woodland trail.

A “snow Flea” -a springtail or stonefly.

On Feb 10th the snow fleas were out on top of the snow. These are Winter stoneflies.  I was also surprised to find a western conifer seed bug in our house.

I am always amused by the U haul company that has the slogan “Adventure in Moving”.  I have enough unplanned adventures without having one when moving goods and chattels.

On the “ Uneven”  hike on Feb 17th at Naftel’s,  90% of the trail was very icy so it was  fortunate that  everyone had icers. When trying to reach the blue and purple trails we found Naftel’s creek was so high that not only the boardwalk was flooded but there was water at the exit from the bridge on the West entrance, so we had to just hike on the other trails.

The Hullett parking lot on Wildlife Line on Feb 20th

Saturday February 19th was also quite an adventurous day.  At the Hydro Line parking area I found George Cantin ready to go for a hike despite the cold and strong wind.  The South part of the White Hullett trail is very exposed, so we opted to drive to the Lobb trail. I made the mistake of trying to drive down Jenkins road and soon got hung up in a snow drift that was across the road.  So after shoveling , putting gravel down (the road was icy under the snow) and with the help of three people pushing managed to back out and go to Lobbs via Hwys 4,8 and the Maitland Line. The Lobb trail was nicely sheltered and Boris Decker had just been out grooming the trail so the walking was good.

In the afternoon on the way through Vanastra to hike the Front road trail I again got stuck in a snow drift that was across 7th Avenue. Therefore it was time to get the shovel and gravel out again, but this time I managed to drive out without any assistance.

On returning from the “Uneven” hike at Lobbs on Feb 23rd I was surprised to see a Sharp Shinned Hawk just finishing off its breakfast on our front lawn.  This was my 60th bird species since starting my Wildlife diary on May 18th .

As mentioned previously the Hullett parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line is closed due to logging. On Sunday Feb 20th I checked the parking lot and saw a very impressive pile of logs there, and it appeared that the logging might be finished before too long.

It is worth checking https://www.lambtonmuseums.ca to see when the Tundra swans return on their Northern migration which usually occurs in March.

Notes

Sunday March 6th 2 p.m. BRVTA International Women’s day hike on the Bayfield Woodland trail.

Saturday March 19th 9 a.m. hike on the Lobb  trail  leader Patrick Capper .

Saturday March 19th 11 am. All about the Morrison Reservoir, Morrison Dam Conservation Area with Denise Iszczuk  ABCA.

Saturday March 26th 7-9pm self guided candlelit walk on the Taylor trail. (no dogs.  Donate to light a candle $30,$50 or $100. All proceeds to children’s room at Huron Hospice.Donations and more information at www.huronhospice.ca/events. 8 p.m.dedication ceremony at Trailhead

The Hullett blue trail from the parking lot at 80602 will have some logging activity between January 11th and March 31st. If there is a red flag flying there is no access to the trails from the parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line.. For details phone 519-482-7011

The Wawanosh Nature Centre trail may still be closed due to  logging which started on Jan 4th  Also there is some logging on the Maitland Trail between 32 and 32.8 km.

The Falls Reserve is closed until the end of May, except for the Maitland Trail’s main trail with white blazes and the blue blazed trail.  This is due to work on installing a new septic system.

Tuesday Tromper’s  meet at 9 a.m.on Tuesdays to hike for about an hour. Contact Al Sanders  at allen.sanders@hurontel.on.ca