Speaker Series 2020

Once again, Lone Pine Land Trust is partnering with Northumberland Land Trust to provide speakers on topics of interest in the winter of 2020. Talks will take place on the second Thursday of January, February, and March at Venture 13 (739 D’Arcy St.) in Cobourg.

Gary Pritchard • Jan 9

Gary Pritchard is the Environment and Climate Change Manager at Cambium Aboriginal; his topic will be Aboriginal Perspectives on Conservation.

Verena Sesin • Feb 13

Verena is a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental and Life Sciences program at Trent University in Peterborough. She is originally from Germany, where she completed her B.A. in Science Journalism and M.Sc. in Ecotoxicology. Her current research interest lies in pesticide effects and fate in wetlands and her topic is “A Balanced Approach to Chemical Control of Invasive Plants: How can we effectively remove invasive plants while keeping native ones healthy?”. She aims to foster critical thinking on how we can effectively manage invasive plants with pesticides, while minimizing risks to nearby native plants. Verena calls herself a “gardener for science”, as she spends a lot of time growing plants for her experiments in the greenhouse and outdoors. She also enjoys communicating environmental science facts through blogging for the “EcotoxBlog” as well as circulating her “Go Green tips” newsletter among graduate students at Trent.

Tamara Segal • Mar 12

Tamara is a Registered Herbalist and wild foods enthusiast based in Prince Edward County. She runs an herbal clinic at her farm, working one on one with people to address various health issues with plant medicine and other natural approaches. Most of the medicines she works with come from her farm, where she harvests wild plants that grow in succession as she lets the land “re-wild” itself. Tamara also teaches classes and workshops on herbal medicine, and offers edible & medicinal plant foraging walks to help others recognize and appreciate the value of wild lands, and to empower more self sufficiency in health.
She will be discussing some of our local wild plants (many of which are considered “weeds” or “invasives”), examining their edible and medicinal properties, describing ways they can be harvested and processed for best results, and sharing some of her own experiences of working with these plant medicines for healing. Her talk is titled, “The Food & Medicine Benefits of Our Most Common Wild Plants”.
Her website is: http://hawthornherbals.com/

Four Seasons at the Braham Tract

A male bobolink at the Braham Tract. (credit: Leslie Abram)

by Leslie Abram
Each time I visit Lone Pine Marsh I know I am in for a surprise. My very first visit to Lone Pine Marsh was in February, and a walk in the woods revealed a Barred Owl with half a rabbit in its talons. Later in February I heard Eastern Bluebirds flying over the nest boxes. Though no bluebirds used the nest boxes this year, once spring came the boxes were occupied by 4 families of Tree Swallows and 5 families of House Wrens. One highlight of my monitoring was a canoe tour through the marsh at the end of May. We heard and saw Least Bittern, American Bittern, Great Egret, and Pied Billed Grebe. Countless Grey Tree Frogs were calling. Summer brought a high count of 35 Bobolink in the upper fields. It was fascinating to watch the males performing their display flights and calls. In late summer, insects were the stars of the show. On a late August visit to the property I was treated to the sight of hundreds of Monarch Butterflies, as well as numerous dragonflies, damselflies, and bees. My visit in October yielded a Merlin keeping a close eye on the marsh, and barely any other birds. This property is a gem, and I cannot wait to see what I find on my next visit.