Fall Colours Nature Walk

Munn Tract
Oct 14, 9am
Mid October is a wonderful time to enjoy our wild places and the Munn Tract’s rich mixed forest ravine should be spectacular. Beautiful fall colours, migrating birds, and no biting insects! This is a general nature walk so we will be watching for anything that crosses our path.
Dress for the weather forecast; sturdy shoes or hiking boots should be all you need.

Directions: From Cty. Rd. 30, turn west on to Cty. Rd. 27 (Morganston Rd) and proceed for 2 km. Our property is on the north side and is marked by a sign. From Morganston, proceed east on Cty. Rd. 27. Our property is located .5 km east of Cramahe Hill Rd. on the north side and is marked by a boulder.

Bats and Night Things Walk

Lone Pine Marsh (Braham Tract)
Sep 16, 7pm
Bats are an incredibly important and threatened part of the ecosystem, yet are seldom seen because of their nocturnal habitats. Join guest speaker, Chris Ketola, who will show off some impressive technology that will help reveal the bat life overhead. Both resident species such as Big and Little Brown Bat, as well as migrants like Silver-haired Bat are possible.
Dress for the weather remembering it will get cooler as night comes; waterproof footwear is recommended as there may be a few muddy spots on the trail, as well as dew forming on the grass at dusk.

Directions: From Cty. Rd. 25, head east on Cty. Rd 21 (Dundonald Rd.) for 1.4 km, then turn north on Maple Grove Rd. and go for .7 km. Our parking area is on the right (east side). From Cty. Rd. 30, turn west on Cty. Rd. 21 at Hilton. Proceed west for 10.7 km until you reach Maple Grove Rd. Proceed north on Maple Grove Rd. for .7 km and our parking area is on the right (east side).

Benefit Concert – Oct 1, 2016

The benefit concert held on the evening of October 1 for the newly designated Lone Pine Land Trust (LPLT) has been, to date, the event highlight this year. Local musical sensation The Fade Kings gave their talent and time back to the community by hosting an entertaining evening of music that spanned several generations. The evening was made special by The Old Church Theatre venue where comfortable casual seating and refreshments gave an ‘at home’ ambiance to the performance.
LPLT board member Doug McRae introduced The Fade Kings thanking them for their contribution to local habitat conservation, then turned the evening over to the band. More heads were bobbing than a peep convention on a Presqu’ile beach as the audience enjoyed old favourites with a new twist, sweetened by the fine acoustics of The Old Church Theatre. Regular Fade Kings David Impey (percussion), John de Vries (base), Leigh Moore (keyboard), and Eric Fry (lead guitar) were joined by guest artist Ian Kojima (saxophone) for the first 60-minute set. Ian is accomplished in his own right, having played with a palette of notable artists around the world including BB King, and toured for 15 years internationally with singer-songwriter instrumentalist Chris de Burgh. Ian added a unique dimension to the evening’s sound and soul. And just before intermission the audience was treated to a surprise performance by the legendary Ila Vann whose voice has joined those of iconic performers such as Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Ms. Vann was one of Ray Charles’ “Rayettes” and in the 1970s had a #1 hit in the UK, “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man”.

Fade Kings at Old Church Theatre, Oct 1, 2016.

Sincere thanks go to The Fade Kings for donation of their time and talent in the interest of local conservation. The band’s proceeds were presented to LPLT for ongoing habitat preservation on its four constituent properties. You can follow The Fade Kings at www.fadekings.com to view their upcoming schedule and catch another one of their local performances. And a calendar of presentations at The Old Church Theatre, possibly the best kept secret in the area, can be found at www.oldchurchtheatre.ca.

Turtles at Braham Tract in Spring

Two species of turtles were seen at the Braham tract this spring.

Blanding’s turtle observed near the southeast corner of the marsh. (credit: Reta Preece)

Thanks to a neighbour, Reta Preece, who used our report-a-sighting online form, we know a Blanding’s turtle was laying eggs at the marsh.

 

Snapping turtle laying eggs in parking lot of Braham Tract (11-Jun-2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

As well, a snapping turtle was observed on June 11 attempting to lay eggs in the parking lot.

The report-a-sightings form is easy to use and we love to get your submissions!