Linear Trail and Riverside Park – Winter 2022

On Wednesday January 19, 2022, David Gascoigne and Miriam Bauman led a group along the Linear Trail and then into Riverside Park in Cambridge. Here are a few photos from that walk.

On Saturday January 22, 2022, a second smaller group repeated that walk. Here are a few photos.

For the full report on the walks, with many more photos, see David’s blog at The Linear Trail and Riverside Park, Cambridge, ON.

Long Point – Winter 2022

On Tuesday January 11, 2022, David Gascoigne and Miriam Bauman led a small group on an all day outing to the Long Point area looking for birds. Due to the lack of open water they didn’t get many water birds, but they certainly got more than a few Sandhill Cranes and Bald Eagles. Here are a few photos from that day.

For the full report on the day, with many more photos, see David’s blog at Waterloo Region Nature Outing to Long Point, Norfolk County, ON.

Hillside Park – Fall 2021

On Wednesday November 24, 2021, David Gascoigne and Miriam Bauman led a group along the trails in Hillside Park. Here are a few photos from that walk.

On Saturday November 27, 2021, a second group repeated that walk. Here are a few more photos.

For the full report on the walks, with many more photos, see David’s blog at Hillside Park with Waterloo Region Nature.

Linear Trail and Riverside Park – Fall 2021

On Wednesday November 10, 2021, David Gascoigne and Miriam Bauman led a group along the Linear Trail and then into Riverside Park in Cambridge. Here are a few photos from that walk.

On Saturday November 13, 2021, a second group repeated that walk. Here are a few photos.

For the full report on the walks, with many more photos, see David’s blog at Outing for Waterloo Region Nature to Linear Trail and Riverside Park, Cambridge, ON.

RIM Park – Fall 2021

On Wednesday October 27, 2021, David Gascoigne and Miriam Bauman led a group along the trail at RIM Park. Here are a few photos from that walk.

On Sunday October 31, 2021, a second group repeated that walk at RIM Park. Some of them later made an extra stop at Bechtel Park to look for a Screech Owl. Here are a few photos from that walk.

For the full report on the walks, with more photos, see David’s blog at Two Outings to RIM Park for Waterloo Regional Nature.

Mill Race Trail, St. Jacobs – Fall 2021

On Wednesday October 13, 2021, David Gascoigne and Miriam Bauman led a small group along the Mill Race Trail, St. Jacobs. Here are a few photos from that walk.

Unfortunately the second walk planned for the following Saturday got rained out.

For the full report on the walk, with more photos, see David’s blog at The Mill Race Trail with Staunch Naturalists of Waterloo Region Nature.

Second Trip to North Shore of Lake Ontario 2021

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, David Gascoigne led a group of 11 people on a field trip to the north shore of Lake Ontario (second of two this month). As usual, David has provided a full report on his blog with lots of photos, so here are just a few of those photos and a link to that report:

An Outing for Waterloo Region Nature – 25 September 2021

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Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

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Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

American Redstart
American Redstart

First Trip to North Shore of Lake Ontario 2021

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, David Gascoigne led a group of 8 people on a field trip to the north shore of Lake Ontario (first of two this month). As usual, David has provided a full report on his blog with lots of photos taken by two of the participants, so here are just a few of those photos and a link to that report:

An Outing for Waterloo Region Nature with COVID at bay!

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BlackEyed Susan
BlackEyed Susan
Northern Parula
Northern Parula
Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks
Green Heron
Green Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Mill Race Trail, St. Jacobs – Fall 2020

David Gascoigne and Miriam Bauman organized five walks along the Mill Race Trail, St. Jacobs during the week of October 25 to 29, 2020, with a limit of four other singles or couples per walk, so that it would be easy to maintain social distancing. Here are a few photos from the various walks.

White-breasted Nuthatch

For the full report on the walks, with dozens of photos, see David’s blog at COVID Walks along The Mill Race, St. Jacobs, ON.

Montgomery Work Day – Fall 2020

What a wonderful morning the Montgomery Team had on Friday, October 16th! The air was crisp, the sun was shining, and the autumn colours were stunning!

It had been a year since this team assembled at the property as a group because of the pandemic. Everyone wore masks as we assembled to discuss some business before heading onto the property for the work. We discussed the possibility of having the teens’ group come out on a Saturday after our spring clean up to do some garlic mustard pulls and setting tarps to deal with the invasive periwinkle.

As the newbie committee chairperson, I was thankful that this team is such a well-oiled machine! Everyone came dressed, brought tools and equipment, and set off to work.

There were numerous trees which had fallen over sections of our trail that needed to be removed. The whole team also bushwhacked their way through other sections that were overgrown with vegetation over our heads!

The duck boxes are always a highlight of the morning. The west box had two unhatched screech owl eggs and many woodpecker feathers in it. The east box had a collection of feathers and several owl pellets, as well. It is surprising, and a bit disappointing, that there was no evidence of Wood Ducks using the boxes.

Not a single piece of garbage was collected, perhaps a sign that people really are heeding the message to stay home! How lovely to find the property in a “natural” state!

Several birds were heard and seen throughout the morning, including a Downy Woodpecker, several Turkey Vultures, and many Blue Jays. Fraser also pointed out a Greater Yellowlegs on an island outcropping in the river near the bridge. (Apparently it is “Greater” because its call has 3 hoots whereas the Lesser Yellowlegs usually calls with only two!) Thanks for the memory trick, Fraser!

Wayne noticed a large plant and suggested it might be Velvetleaf. iNaturalist agreed with his assessment. A group of us had a conversation about Giant Ragweed. A little further down the path we discovered a small cluster of Giant Ragweed, some with simple leaves and some lobed. There is something to wonder about every day!

Velvetleaf seed pods
Turkey Tail

As we exited the property, we met 2 people wearing hip waders. I assumed they were there to fish but soon discovered they were working on an environmental assessment of the area as mandated before the reconstruction of the bridge can begin. Dean Fitzgerald is in charge of the assessment and he shared an explanation of the process, some of the findings (like discovering two species of threatened fish under the bridge: silver shiner and black redhorse) and invited questions and comments.

Following our conversation with Jessica and Dean we refreshed with some muffins and cider and headed off after a long but productive morning. Well done, team!

Anita Smith

Fern Walk Photos

Fraser Gibson led two small group fern walks on Saturday Oct 3 and Tuesday Oct 6, 2020. Here are a few photos from the Tuesday walk.

Cambridge Linear Trail Walks

David Gascoigne and Miriam Bauman organized five walks on the Linear Trail in Cambridge during the week of September 28 to October 3, 2020, with a limit of four other singles or couples per walk, so that it would be easy to maintain social distancing. Here are a few photos from the various walks.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

For the full report on the walks, with dozens of photos, see David’s blog at WRN Teens and COVID Walks.