Trail Talk 221 June 8-15 2022

Where is this bench?

A short spell of  hot weather brought out those little mosquitoes that love your blood.  Apart from the great variety of repellents the other thing worth considering is to wear light coloured (white or pale yellow) clothing, or the various styles of “bug jackets”, which have the disadvantage of making you even hotter on a hot day.

Nannyberry

I have noticed a lot of flowering shrubs and small trees.  On checking one patch they turned out to be hawthorns, of which there are many different varieties which all have thorns.  Clusters of white flowers can also be seen on viburnums such as arrowwood and nannyberry.  Dogwoods are also in bloom, these can be distinguished from viburnums as the leaf veins follow the smooth leaf edges towards the tip while viburnums have fine or coarsely toothed leaves.  Removing the invasive buckthorns give these native plants a better opportunity to thrive. The Black Locusts have put on a spectacular display of white blossoms. You hardly notice many of them until they put on their annual display. Sibley describes them as medium to large trees max of 96ft. However I estimate that the three biggest ones on the Lobb trail area are probably 100 ft tall, they are in the section presently closed off due to the hazard of falling limbs.  There are many smaller ones North of the parking area.   The Black locust  (Robinia pseudoacacia) and Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)  are both legumes i.e they fix nitrogen in the soil as do peas and clover, but are otherwise unrelated

Dame’s rocket

Dame’s rockets are now in bloom. They belong to the mustard family and are a very common alien that originally escaped from gardens.  They are usually white, pink or purple and look similar to garden phlox, except they have four rather than five petals on phlox.  There are wild blue phlox which are fairly uncommon, but there is a patch near the Maitland trail about one km from the Auburn end.

On June 1st I finally saw one of the large butterflies (other than mourning cloaks) it was a yellow Canadian tiger swallowtail butterfly on a lilac bush. Apparently there is a slight difference between the regular tiger swallowtail and the Canadian variety, there is also a Western tiger swallowtail. On the ‘Uneven’ hike on June 9th at Hullett we saw a tiger swallowtail and one monarch butterfly- the first one I have seen this year.

Notes:

Wednesday June 15th 2 p.m.  BRVTA hike with dogs on leash on the Bayfield Woodlands trail. Meet at the David Street entrance.

Sunday June 19th 1 p.m. Hike the Maitland trail at the Auburn end and the Robertson Tract trails. Expect to take about 1 ½ hours.  This section does not have any hills and is mostly in forested areas and part is by the side of the Maitland river. Leader Patrick Capper

Saturday June 25th 11 a.m. on the Sawmill trail for 90 minutes.  Todd Torresan of the Talking Circle group Perth-Huron will be the guide and guest. This is a BRVTA members-only hike with pre-registration required by contacting Ralph Blasting at rjblastingjr@gmail.com or 519-525-3205.

Friday July 1st 6 a.m. Canada Day stroll.  Meet at St. Christopher’s Beach pavilion across from Beach St Station, walk to the Tiger Dunlop tomb and return for breakfast.  Register with Faye 519-524-2070or Wendy  519-525-6976. This event will be cancelled if it rains.

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 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.