Trail Talk 218 May 18th 2022

What bench are Faye and Anne sitting on , on what trail?
Large-flowered bellwort

The bench in last week’s trail talk was the Jean Knight bench in the  Morris Tract at about 15.2 km. Jean’s daughter Nina Reynolds contributed this write up about her mother, “Jean  was one of the founding members of the Maitland Trail. Like most of what Mum took on, she did it with gusto, commitment, and a sense of fun – otherwise, what was the point! The trail offered Jean the perfect combination of all that was important to her: companionship, nature, art (she loved taking photos), and a walk or ski through the woods, along a pasture, and beside the Maitland river. Jean, and her husband Stewart, first became interested in trail walking in the late 60’s, walking the newly created Bruce Trail. During Bruce Trail AGMs which entailed weekend walks, Jean was lucky enough to get to know Ray Lowes who, along with Robert Bateman, had the vision for the Bruce Trail. When she met with local, like-minded people who were interested in creating their own local version of the Bruce Trail, Jean had no doubt that it was achievable. She offered her organizational skills to the group and was on the executive during the initial years.  Mum was always proud of her involvement with the forming of the trail, but more importantly for her, she had a wonderful place in nature to enjoy with her friends. Mum would love the beautiful bench built by Heinz Hoernig with its lovely view of the river.”

The hot weather has brought more spring flowers out (such as large-flowered bellwort) and blossoms on the plum and cherry trees and just starting to see crab apple blossoms.  I am still waiting to see more butterflies.  I’ve often seen little blue ones that are hard to photograph as they usually don’t stop for long and with wings folded they are difficult to see.  On May 9th one stopped long enough for me to photograph and through iNaturalist  I found out it was a Northern azure.  The only other butterfly I have recently seen is a white one, most likely a Cabbage white. I expect by the time you read this that some of the dragonflies and damselflies can be seen.

On May 10th we had a Indigo Bunting at our sunflower feeder, the first time I have seen one there, but saw one many years ago in the River Bend area. Although I have not yet seen any frogs at Hullett , two green frogs have taken up residence in our small pond.  I report my frog and turtle sighting to the Toronto Zoo https://www.torontozoo.com/adoptapond/citizenscience.

Gabi, Ria, Linda, Lise, Dianne, Rosemary, Paula, Nancy, Susan and Irene on the Bruce Peninsula

Paula Deering is raising money for Parkinson’s disease by hiking the900 km Bruce trail. Recently nine other local hikers joined her for a 4 day segment on the Bruce peninsula section of the trail. If you wish to make a pledge in support of Paula, contact her at paula_deering@hotmail.com.”

Notes:

Saturday May 21st 9.30 a.m. Hike the Maitland trail and John and Marylo Graham Nature Conservancy trails for about 2 hours meet at 80965 Sharpes Creek Line. Leader Patrick Capper.

Thursday May 26th 6.30 p.m. Bird Watching.  Meet at the Big rock on North Harbour Road Bird watching outing lead by Roger Goddard, Call Roger to pre-register (519-612-1236) or email rggsmg@hurontel.on.ca

Sunday May 29th 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hike or bike for Huron Hospice In person on the Taylor-Mavis Trail or wherever you chose, or bike on a trail.  Register via https://www.huronhospice.ca/hikeandbike  Join a BBQ afterwards.

Wednesday June 1st 2-5 p.m. Forest Bathing Mindfulness Walk on the Woodland trail lead by Maria Detenbeck  BRVTA

The Wild Turkey hunting season is from April 25th to May 31st so the Bayfield Woodland Trail is closed for this period.

Point Farms opened on May 13th. Falls Reserve camping is delayed to June 1st.

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. If you wish to be on this email list, send an email to mta@maitlandtrail.ca.  All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland trail.ca

Uneven 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 pcapper99@gmail.com