September is to fall what May is to spring. Flowers are abundant and once again the birds are on the wing. It is a month of golden yellows and plush purples as goldenrods and asters take over the fields and meadows. Bronze seeds ripen on the tawny tall grasses in a prairie edged by scarlet sumac. Fall foliage in the forest is peaking. The Red Oaks of the moraine are shedding their acorns to the delight of the squirrels and conifers are releasing their winged seeds to be carried on the wind. Warblers, vireos, thrushes, grosbeaks and many other migratory birds are gathering in preparation for the journey to their winter grounds. At the same time, with warmth and light, the algae, liverworts, mosses and lichens continue to grow and reproduce.
Oh, September. How do I love thee? Count the ways – as nature prepares for winter.
Your Guides: John Vandenberg & Eric Davis
John is a fortuitous import from the Netherlands. He grew up on a farm in the Carolingian zone of Ontario exploring the forests where tulip trees and wild garlic grew and his interest in botany developed. A retired secondary teacher John has become a prolific botanical artist preparing illustrations for the upcoming publication on the Flora of the City of the Kawartha Lakes. John has long been associated with the Kawartha Field Naturalists. Eric Davis, also a retired teacher, started birding in the Kawarthas as a child and his passion has continued to grow. He leads outings for the Kawartha Field Naturalists locally and as far away as Costa Rica.
9:00 a.m. Welcome & Orientation - 851 Ballydff Rd. (Jean & Ralph’s)
9:20 a.m. Trail Walk – homestead, prairie, woodlands, wetlands, pond
12 noon Lunch at South Pond Farms.
Return walk on trails or (optional) transportation back to 851 (10 5 minutes)