In the month of May the birds of spring have arrived – many of them migrating from Central and South America. Some visit only briefly on their northward journey. Others remain for the summer – finding their mates, building their nests and raising their young in our fields and forests. Unlike most of us they seem to enjoy singing just as morning is breaking. Concert time comes early – and they don’t even mind singin’ in the rain (especially if it’s light and warm). Hike quietly down to the homestead, out on to the prairie and into the nearby woodlands and wetlands. Wait and watch and listen as a new world opens to you. Refreshed by sight and sound complete your morning with a hearty breakfast at South Pond Farms.
Note: This particular South Pond event begins from 851 Ballyduff Rd. – the home of Ralph McKim and Jean Garsonnin - and ends at South Pond Farms for brunch. Participants may return to their cars by trail or be transported by road (5 minutes).
Your Guide: Ian Attridge: is an ecologist who has worked as a professional naturalist, wetland researcher, teacher (Trent) and in various roles with both the Kawartha Land Trust and Ministry of Natural Resources. He and is a member of the Peterborough Field Naturalists. Ian brings a keen interest in the natural and cultural history of the Kawarthas and he looks forward to an early morning exploration with you on the rolling terrain of Ballyduff with its diverse habitats and beautiful birds!
7:00 a.m. Welcome, Orientation & Coffee - 851 Ballyduff Rd. (park by the wood pile)
7:15 “ Slow guided trail walk – homestead, prairie, woodland and wetland
10:00 “ Brunch at South Pond Farms – and wrap-up discussion
Essential: weather-proof clothing and footwear.
Highly recommended: binoculars and camera – and trail snacks.
Fresh pressed coffee and natural teas
Fresh bakes scones, Farm Flavour preserves
Poached egg, smoked brisket, farm sough dough bread
Danielle French morning granola, goat yogurt, and fresh fruit