Cotton grass

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Weekend Day Nature Tours:

During the spring, summer and fall, and subject to weather and my availability, I offer a guided nature tour service to some of the more interesting habitats in the Burwash and Sudbury area.

These are nature tours designed to allow those of almost all ages and physical condition the opportunity to visit various habitats and examine the associated wildflowers. All are walking tours.

Physical demands:
Most of the nature tours are not physically demanding "adventure tours". Rather, the nature tours are intended to be leisurely and educational to maximize your appreciation of the local flora and fauna. However, all nature tours involve walking through the bush.

What should I wear?:
The tours involve walking in open fields, the bush, or the forest.  Biting insects, like mosquitoes, blackflies, and deer flies, abound through out the wildflower season.  Some trails are wet and muddy.  To help ensure you have an enjoyable experience, it is important that you wear sturdy walking boots, long pants, and long-sleeved shirt.  A hat is essential.  During June, I commonly wear a "bug shirt" to keep the blackflies and mosquitoes from biting.

 

Field Trip Safety Policy

Please read the Safety Policy

Partial list of Habitats
Terms and Conditions
What Do I Receive at the end of a Tour?
Are We Experts?
Rates

Partial List of Habitats Available to tour:
Some of the habitats that area are readily accessible, depending on the season, include:

  • deciduous forest

  • coniferous forest (both planted and natural)
  • wetlands, such as bogs, conifer swamps, meadow marsh, and shore fen
  • lake edge
  • wildflower meadow
  • rocky "desert"-like waste areas
  • disturbed areas, such as logging areas and road sides.

Some habitats occur either inside or outside local provincial parks.

Tour descriptions:

Other tour areas are available depending of the flowering season.

Tour Name

Description

Paddy Creek

Along a 3 km walk, explore a conifer swamp on the flood plain of Paddy Creek, mixed deciduous and coniferous forest uplands, a beaver-made creek and a beaver meadow.

Ephemeral spring forest wildflowers are best seen in May and early June. Moisture-loving plants along the side of Paddy Creek include Joe-Pye Weed and virgin's bower and are best seen in August.

Flowering shrubs include red-berried elder, flowering dogwood and Highbush Cranberry in May and June, and meadowsweet and Winterberry Holly in June, July and August.

In August and September, the beaver meadow is alive with various types of goldenrod and aster.

Conifer swamp, Paddy Creek, Copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

Conifer swamp, Paddy Creek

Conifer swamp, Paddy Creek, Copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

Conifer swamp, Paddy Creek

Trout Lake Road shrub bog

The flowering plant show starts in May with Leather leaf, but the spectacular show of cotton grass, Labrador tea, sheep laurel, bog laurel begins in late May and runs through the end of June.

Cotton grass, Trout Lake bog, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Cottongrass
Trout Lake bog

Bog laurel and cottongrass, Trout Lake bog, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Bog laurel and cottongrass
Trout Lake bog



Terms and Conditions:

  • this is a fee-for-service tour - see rate sheet below

  • the minimum tour time is 3 hours or 1/2 day
  • once scheduled, the tour takes place - rain or shine
  • the client is responsible to bring their own food and refreshments
  • school nature tours with bus transportation can be accommodated with advance planning
  • participants must dress to accommodate the local weather and field conditions; weather may range from sunny and hot (30 degrees Celsius) to rainy and cold (5 - 10 degrees Celsius) between April and October - I will advise on appropriate dress depending on the season
  • participants must wear a suitable hat to protect their head and foot-ware, such as hiking boots
  • biting insects, such as mosquitos, black flies, and deer flies, are a constant challenge from late May to August; insect repellant or insect-resistant clothing is recommended
  • transportation can be arranged at the expense of the client
  • several transportation options are available:
    • a small mini-van to maximize the opportunity for discussion during travel time
    • separate vehicles - to minimize the "convoy" affect, this approach is best restricted to a maximum of 3 vehicles

What do I Receive at the End of the Nature Tour?

You receive at the end of the nature tour:

  • a shared experience to identify northern wildflowers

  • an opportunity to experience the local environment
  • a plant check-off sheet, customized for your tour, to mark the flowering plants that you observed
  • a fridge magnet that illustrates the image of a wildflower observed during the tour
  • a box of 5 greeting cards illustrated with a wildflower found locally.

Are We Experts?

We are learning everyday. On most tours, we identify flowering plants that we have not see before. Sometimes we come across a wildflower that we cannot identify with certainty. That is all part of the learning experience.

We do commit to provide an opportunity to observe and identify local flowering plants in their natural habitat. We will work together to try to identify those flowering plants we do not know.

Rate Sheet:

  • basic half-day local nature tour

    • $75.00 CDN plus $5.00 per person
    • maximum 4 (four) participants
    • you supply your vehicle, lodging, food and refreshments
    • 1/2 day tour - starts 9 AM and ends at noon or start at 1 PM and end at 4 PM (transportation can be arranged at an additional cost)
    • visit one or two habitats (e.g., one or two of bog, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, waste area, logging area, shallow lake shore depending on flower season
    • site selected to meet your needs, abilities, and wildflowers in season
    • you are responsible for your transportation, food and refreshments, unless otherwise arranged

  • basic full-day local nature tour

    • $125.00 CDN plus $5.00 per person
    • maximum 4 (four) participants
    • you supply your vehicle, lodging, food and refreshments (transportation can be arranged at an additional cost)
    • tour starts 9 AM and ends at 4 PM
    • visit several habitats (e.g., bog, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, shallow water lake shore, logging area, rocky "desert-like" area depending on flower season)
    • sites selected to meet your needs, abilities, and wildflowers in season
    • you are responsible for your transportation, food and refreshments, unless otherwise arranged

  • full-day nature tour of 2 habitats at Killarney Provincial Park

    • Cranberry bog trail - an open bog (Killarney Provincial Park)
    • Granite trail - forest to rocky desert (Killarney Provincial Park)
    • $175.00 CDN plus $15.00 per person
    • maximum 8 (eight) participants
    • you supply your vehicle, lodging, food and refreshments (transportation can be arranged at an additional cost)
    • tour starts 9:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM
    • the trails require greater physical exertion; parts of the trails are very steep and rough
    • you are responsible for your transportation, food and refreshments, unless otherwise arranged.

Field Trip Safety Policy

Please read the Safety Policy

Contact or More Information:

For more information and pricing, send me a request stating the number of people, the weekend date, the duration (half-day, full day):

Andy Fyon
147 Stewart Drive
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 2R6
Telephone: 705-522-8489

info@ontariowildflower.com
or
ajfyon@vianet.on.ca


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