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MVFN enjoys hike to Shaw Woods, a gem of a woodland

On May 28th a group of MVFN members took part in a morning visit to Shaw Woods, hiking around some of the trails and having lunch there. Below is an account of the day by trip leader Allan Goddard, and following the account, some of the excellent  photos, taken during the visit by Howard Robinson. Also included is a list, provided by Mary Robinson, of all the birds seen or heard during the visit.

NOTE: Shaw Woods is off Hwy 9 near Eganville and Golden Lake, about an hour or so drive from the Almonte area. For directions and other details, visit the Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre website at http://www.shawwoods.ca/ 

MVFN Shaw Woods Hike Spring 2016

I don’t recall that any one of us had been to this gem of a woodland.  Our first hike was into the old growth forest, and we were in awe as to what we had entered. Huge towering trees, sugar maples, eastern hemlock, American beech, created a cathedral -like canopy over our heads, and under – canopy trees and shrubs such as striped maple, Canada yew, and various species of dogwood, and of course the many ferns and mosses at eye level as we meandered along the trail. It was quiet. The silence being beautifully interrupted by the musical voices of the wood thrush, veerie, hermit thrush, ovenbird, red eyed vireo, various warblers, and even the robin. We were in THEIR element. And on what was a muggy buggy day elsewhere, we were in a different world.

After Grant had shown us the eagles’ eerie which was plainly in view from the roadside, and after we all lined the road shoulder to view it and take many photos of this year’s family, we lunched at the shelter and boardroom table of the center, all the while being entertained by a red squirrel, which was clearly intent on a luncheon with us. He or she was not disappointed! Grant also stayed with us and answered queries about this and that, and then very much needed to get to his greenhouse to water crops in need!

Our second hike took us on to an upland trail, more open, sunny and crispy dry. Fire wouldn’t have waited a second. This trail was very different in vegetation with a mixed, open forest canopy typical of granite uplands, with plenty of ironwood, chokecherry, shrub juniper, and numerous lower shrub species. Birds were quiet –it was hot. It was much more of an up-and-down trail and when we arrived back to the lake on the loop, we could see the eagles again, and briefly watched them for a bit. Also saw the fringed polygala, a beautiful and small pink spring flower typical of this forest, which very much had a boreal character at times.

Haven’t been there?  Strongly suggested. Grant and his supporters have created a very special place. We all agreed that a fall hike would be another enjoyable outing.

 Allan Goddard

Admiring a yellow birch. Photo Howard Robinson

Admiring a yellow birch. Photo Howard Robinson

Group of twelve assemble and talk before walk. photo Howard Robinson

Group of twelve assemble and talk before walk. photo Howard Robinson

 

Nesting Bald Eagle. photo Howard Robinson

Nesting Bald Eagle. photo Howard Robinson

 

Fringed Polygala. photo Howard Robinson

Fringed Polygala. photo Howard Robinson

Eastern red-backed salamander. photo Howard Robinsion

Eastern red-backed salamander. photo Howard Robinsion

Check out these dragonfly exuviae. photo Howard Robinson

Check out these dragonfly exuviae. photo Howard Robinson

 

List of Birds during Shaw Woods Hike 2016, compiled by Mary Robinson

  1.  American Woodcock
  2. Ovenbird
  3. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  4. Wood Thrush
  5. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  6. American Redstart
  7. Pileated Woodpecker
  8. Red-eyed Vireo
  9. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  10. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  11. Blue Jay
  12. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  13. Veery
  14. Great Crested Flycatcher
  15. Hermit Thrush
  16. Black-capped Chickadee
  17. Bald Eagle
  18. Pine Warbler
  19. American Robin
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A Hike in Shaw Woods

May 28

A hike in Shaw Woods is planned for Saturday, May 28th. Allan Goddard will be our guide hiking the trails for about an hour before we break for a bagged lunch. The hike will continue after lunch for an additional hour before we leave to return to the Mississippi Mills area. Arrival back in Almonte should be between 3:30 and 4 pm.

Shaw Woods is located at 2065 Bulger Road, North Algona Wilberforce Township. See details of the site at this link http://www.shawwoods.ca/

Details: Allan will lead the group on the Old Growth Loop departing from West Trailhead. This will be followed by a stop for lunch at the Pine Pavilion. He will then take us along Johnny’s Lookout Trail departing from East Trailhead. Our March speaker, Grant Dobson suggests this should be an excellent introduction to the area. NOTE: Level of difficulty: Old Growth Loop: easy;  Johnny’s Lookout: moderate.

Car-pooling: Almonte area meet at Esso Station (corner Hwy 29 and Almonte St.) at 9:15 am for departure at 9:30 am; departure from Pakenham Public School at approx. 9:40 am.

Bring: binoculars, field guides, hat, sunglasses, bug protection, lunch and water. Entry to Shaw Woods is free, but there are donation boxes for those who wish to contribute.

Registration: You must pre-register for this event. To register, please email Gretta Bradley at   This event will go ahead rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. Should cancellation be necessary, registrants will be contacted by email. If in doubt please call 256-4202 before 9 am the day of the outing to confirm.

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Fabulous Fall Fungi

Fabulous Fall Fungi

Sept 29-Oct 2, 2009

Discover the wonderful world of mushrooms and other fungi in this 2 and a half day workshop . All experience levels welcome. Hands-on indentification, plus discussions on ecology, uses and etymology.

Cost: $295; includes tuition, meals, accomodatioin, use of lab space and microscopes.

Location: QUeens’s University Biological Station.

Further Information: www.queensu.ca/biology/qubs/events.html.

Instructor: Richard Aaron().

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MVFN’s 2008 Summer/Fall Canoeing/Hiking Programme Schedule Dates

 

 

Canoe Jorneys Hiking Collage

The following are the dates for our upcoming canoe trips and walks. We hope you can join us!

For each event, details confirming trips will be e-mailed out by Janet Fytche to all MVFN members a week before and posted at www.mvfn.ca.  In case of foul weather, dates are cancelled. For information, contact Cliff at 613-613-798-6295/ .

Sun, June 15- Annual Spring Canoe trip -White Lake -Site 7
Sunday, July 6- canoe trip – Tay River, Bolingbroke to Christie Lake
Sunday, July 20- canoe trip-Park Lake

Sunday, August 10- canoe trip-site to be announced
Sunday, August 24- canoe trip- site to be announced

May 25- Annual Spring MVFN NatureWalk
Sept 12-15-MVFN 3-night Canoe Camp-Killarney Prov. Park
October 5- Annual Autumn MVFN Nature Walk

For directions to our canoe trip sites please refer to MVFNs Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys guide/map or check the canoe journey descriptions posted here on the website.

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Annual Spring Nature Walk 2008

MVFN Annual Spring Nature Walk

Sunday, May 25. 9:30 A.M. til 1:30 P.M.
Spring Wildflowers
Paul and Cathy Keddy are hosting us at their 285a property at the end of Blue Heron Road, off the end of Ramsay Conc. 2. south of Highway #7. Because of limited parking, we must carpool. Meet at Union Hall for 9:30 A.M. departure. Carleton Place people or anyone from the west areas can meet us at Lanark Cedar Post Yard, Ramsay Conc. 2 and Highway #7, 9:40 A.M.

Bring a picnic lunch, binoculars, magnifying glasses, any manuals and be sure to have bug oil.

For further information, please call Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or

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