Wilkinson Spring Flower Walk – May 14, 2016

Members assess the beaver dam along Pogue Rd. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

On a drizzly Saturday morning, eleven members met at the end of Pogue Road to walk around the Wilkinson property. We first walked north along the road allowance to visit the marsh and enjoy the beavers’ handiwork before walking the loop by the sugar shack.

Jack-in-the-pulpit growing with a clump of grass. (credit: Dalila Seckar)
Jack-in-the-pulpit growing with a clump of grass. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

We saw flowering plants including trilliums (red and white), marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), toothwort (Cardamine diphylla), serviceberry (Ameliancher sp.), heartleaved foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia), and jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum). We also saw the leaves of partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadensis), trout lily (Erythronium americanum), meadow rue (Thalictrum pubescens), and mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum).

Bear tracks in the mud at Wilkinson tract, May 14, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

In the mud of the forest, there were bear tracks.
We heard spring peepers and leopard frogs. We also saw or heard the following birds: redwing blackbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, common yellowthroat, black-and-white warbler, northern waterthrush, wood thrush, veery, tree swallow, and barn swallow.

This walk took place in conjunction with For the Love of Wood, an annual event held at the Hilton Heritage Hall (old Brighton Township office at 50 Chatten Rd.).

Dalila Seckar

I live locally and enjoy daily views of Cold Creek from my windows. I have a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology (McGill) and M.Sc. in Zooplankton and Limnology (University of Manitoba). I am passionate about the local area and its environment and organisms and joined the Lone Pine Land Trust Board in 2015.

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