Winter Walk at Lone Pine Marsh

On February 23rd, members met at the Lone Pine Marsh – Braham tract for a winter walk. It was sunny and not too cold so it made for an excellent day for a walk.

People standing in front of Lone Pine Marsh.
Members look out on the marsh at Lone Pine Marsh.

We heard bluebirds and cardinals from the parking lot while waiting for everyone to arrive.

Creek with some tracks at Lone Pine Marsh.
Creek at Lone Pine Marsh in winter.

The snow was very crunchy on top due to a thaw the previous day, followed by cool overnight temperatures. This made discerning tracks challenging. We saw caanid tracks (a fox or a local dog?), rabbit, and grouse tracks. We first went north and visited the dam at the northeast side of the property.

Willow tree and beaver dam at Lone Pine Marsh.
Beaver dam in February 2019 at Lone Pine Marsh.

On the north side of the dam, we saw an interesting fuzzy blob attached to a sapling nearby which was later identified as a cecropia moth pupa. The beavers appeared to be constructing a dam a few metres north of the human dam.

Pupa of cecropia moth.
Pupa of Hyalophora cecropia found on a sapling at Lone Pine Marsh.

We then walked south, into the small birch forest. There, beavers have been cutting many trees and a number have fallen over the path. We also saw grouse tracks in the snow.

People in birch forest at Lone Pine Marsh.
Members in the birch grove at Lone Pine Marsh.

The sun came out for our walk and we all enjoyed getting out and visiting the Lone Pine Marsh this morning!

Lone Pine Land Trust

Lone Pine Land Trust is a non-profit charity based in Northumberland County.

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