Trail Talk 222 June 22nd 2022

Margot Sippel, Joan Hutton and Sharon Johnston at the new bench honouring Bill Johnston
Showy lady’s-slipper orchid
Eastern pondhawk

The bench in last week’s trail talk was a bench on the Naftel’s Creek Conservation area blue trail. The very creative bench this week was only installed this year on one of the area’s shorter trails. Unfortunately vandals removed the only bench on the Front road trail, which was shown in Trail Talk 102.
On Tuesday June 14th I hiked the Hullett Sugar Bush trails and some of the showy lady’s slipper orchids were in bloom, they are one of my favourite wild flowers. The dragonflies were out in full force, including one I was not familiar with an Eastern pondhawk, however I did not see any frogs, there but I did have a nice surprise when hiking the Maitland trail between 31 and 32km when a pickerel frog leaped across the trail and then stayed still so I could take a photo. It has distinctive square to rectangular spots and it was the first one I have knowingly seen. On the ‘Uneven” hike at Lobbs we saw several American toads and a red-spotted admiral also known as a white admiral butterfly.
The tulip trees are now in blossom, there are two large ones, a little North of Huronview and one at the junction of Benmiller Line and Londesboro road. Tulip trees have a very distinctive leaf. Although other common names for a tulip tree are yellow poplar and white poplar, it is unrelated to the poplars, and is more closely related to the magnolias, though there is only one other species in the genus , native to Asia.
While typing this report a very determined song sparrow kept attacking my window, and it would only stop when I partially opened the window and propped some Hullett User Guides on the outside of the window.
Saturday June 25 th 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 or 519-525-3205.
Friday July 1 st 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.
Sunday July 3 rd 1 p.m. Hike from River Line to Sharpes Creek Line. This is a car pooling hike. Meet at 80918 Sharpes Creek Line at 1 p.m. ready to car pool to River Line. This section of the Maitland Trail has many hills and is expected to take about 2 hours. Bring something to drink. Preregister with Patrick Capper 519-606-0016 or email
Sunday July 3 rd 1:30-4:30p.m. Bike tour of Historic Balls Settlement area . Difficulty – Moderate. Average speed 12 kph. Meet at the G2G at McGaw . Full details in the Maitland Trail Newsletter. Need a gravel ready bicycle in good condition and water. Wear helmet and sign Maitland Trail waiver. Pre-registration with Con Melady 519-524-8730
Saturday July 23 rd 2 p.m. BRVTA Scavenger hunt at Varna
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 All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland
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