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McEwen Nature Reserve Hike, Northumberland Land Trust, Oak Ridges Moraine
July 6 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, July 6, 2019 9:00 a.m. meet at Crawford Drive at Harper Road commuter parking lot
This property is a tract of rolling, wooded kame forest and open fields, directly adjacent to the Ganaraska Forest and the Oak Ridges Moraine. The property contains a drumlin, a beautiful pond, wetlands, a creek, forests, and retired farmland. Seventy-six bird species have been recorded, 22 of which were breeding on the property. Earlier this year, the main field was burned and there is an abundance of Baltimore Orioles, Bluebirds and Tree Swallows. We will see how the ecology of the meadow is different between the years when there is and isn’t a burn. Towards the back of the property there is a possibility of finding Eastern Newts in the pond. Dylan Radcliffe will be the leader. The hike is about 5 km on hilly terrain and the ground on the trail is mostly sand so be prepared with water, snacks and light clothing. There will be lots of great opportunities for bird photography in the main meadow on the property.
Accessibility: Moderate to challenging