Notes from the Field – Fall 2020

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Phil Careless (blue backpack) and members of the Ryder Community Co-op. Photo: David Hawke.

One of our newest acquisitions is the 175-acre Taylor Nature Reserve on the Black River Road.  It represents another strong link in a corridor of connection we are helping to build between QEII Wildlands Provincial Park, Ron Reid Nature Reserve, and the Adams Nature Reserve.

On Saturday October 17th, a lucky group of volunteers from the Ryde Community Co-op visited Taylor and QEII with Phil Careless from Ontario Parks.  They participated in a Bioblitz and got to share in Phil’s boundless enthusiasm for natural landscapes and the plants and animals who live there.  


Fall Equinox  was a spectacular day to be outside (unless you’re a Cormorant), and many staff and volunteers submitted photos of their outings.  

Dave Hawke made two trips to Waterthrush Woods:  One with Neil and Ann Gray and another with his wife Juliana, pictured above.   

They saw Midland Painted Turtles sunning on logs, and an otter.  This year we’ve had constant reports of garbage, and Waterthrush Woods is no exception.  Is it because people are littering more, or because the good samaritans who usually pick up after people aren’t doing so this year due to Covid?


Members of the Board of Directors visited one of the newest Reserves recently – the Taylor Nature Reserve.

It was a beautiful fall day for a hike through the the forest. This property is a mixture of forest and Shield, with deep ravines and small lakes. David Hawke led the group and shared information on the landscape and species. We saw Moose scat, Northern Flicker and more.


Click here to read the Summer 2020 Notes from the Field