May 9, 2015

May 9, 2015


Timing: 9:30 am, Saturday, May 9 (1.5 – 2 hrs)
Description:  (2 – 3 km, easy pace)

You are invited to enjoy a brand new hike on this year’s schedule, at the best time of year to see woodland wildflowers. We will stop from time to time to check out interesting wild plants we might find alongside the pathway, and to take photos. At same time, we will experience some of the lovely forested trails of Boyd Park at the northern end of Woodbridge.

Many of the colourful native plants that we love best in our part of North America evolved in a wooded environment. As a result, they tend to bloom in early spring, before the leaves of trees emerge to block much of the available sunlight. Because this burst of woodland colour is so early and so brief, we often refer to these plants as “spring ephemerals.”

While we explore some of the nicest areas in Boyd Park along the East Humber River, for those who are interested this will be an opportunity to learn some names of common wildflowers…not only native plants we might encounter, but also a few of the introduced plants which are especially common on the more disturbed sites.

We won’t be picking any flowers to take with us, as some woodland plants are becoming increasingly rare & threatened, but you will have plenty of chances to “take pics” which can be even more satisfying in the long term!

Hikers of all ages are encouraged to participate, no pets please, but do bring your camera…

Note re arrival time: please arrive early at meeting place (see Directions) between 9 and 9:15 am so that we can get to start of hike by 9:30; we will walk to riverside & then southward under roadway bridge to 2nd footbridge over river where wildflower hike will begin.

Hike Leader(s): Joanne Nonnekes has lived about a stone’s throw from the East Humber River in Woodbridge for many years, and is a long-time observer of the wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife of Boyd Park.

Meet at public parking area (fenced in) on north side of Rutherford Road, in the valley just east of the bridge over Humber River. Please see Note re arrival time at bottom part of Description.

This location on Rutherford Rd is about 1 km east of Islington Ave, or 3.5 km west of Hwy 400 (be careful when turning in/out of parking lot, as Rutherford can be busy with traffic). Rutherford Rd is in Woodbridge, 2 km south of Major Mackenzie Drive, and 4 km north of Hwy 7.

Questions: Send an email to hvhtak AT gmail DOT com

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