Follow the woodland and wetland trails through Ballyduff’s “back 40” and discover the delicate ephemeral flowers that take their short place in the sun before the forest canopy closes over them – Trout lily, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Spring Beauty, Trillium and more.. Find the wild leeks, fiddleheads and note the variety of ferns, sedges and grasses that softly carpet the forest floor. Watch and listen for the migrating songbirds claiming their space and seeking their “other”. Learn how the geological features of the moraine support a variety of ecological communities. Cross back across the field to South Pond Farms for a hearty lunch and a chance to enquire further into the mysteries of nature’s renewal on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Your Guide: Mike McMurtry - an ecologist, formerly with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, he has participated in inventories of plants and animals in many areas of Ontario and worked with conservation partners to identify and map natural heritage systems. Mike is a member of the Peterborough Field Naturalists and a volunteer with the Kawartha Land Trust.
He will interpret the plants and animals along the walking trails, especially the show of spring wildflowers, and encourage participants in making their own observations
9:30 a.m Welcome & Orientation - South Pond Barn
10:00 “ Interpretive trail walk through woodland, wetlands and prairie
12:15 p.m. Lunch at the Stone Oven & Wrap-up
Essential: weather-proof clothing and footwear.
Optional: binoculars and camera