TRAIL TALK: Fewer insects, butterflies and birds, or so it seems

TRAIL TALK: Fewer bugs, butterflies and birds, or so it appears

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Some fascinating bugs in our garden had been a black swallowtail caterpillar on a dill plant and a black swallowtail butterfly. The spicebush swallowtail butterfly is much like a black swallowtail besides its ‘tail’ is for much longer. I additionally noticed a butterfly which I first mistook for a small monarch, till I spotted on taking a look at my photograph that it was a viceroy butterfly, which has comparable marking however has an additional black band.

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A black swallowtail caterpillar. Patrick Capper photo A black swallowtail caterpillar. Patrick Capper photograph

The pigeon horntail seems like a really giant wasp, but it surely doesn’t sting or chunk and is kind of helpful because it eats bugs. This 12 months, everybody I’ve talked to has seen a lower in bugs, butterflies and birds, in all probability attributable to a mix of unseasonal climate and the results of widespread use of pesticides and herbicides.

On Aug. 17, 9 of us hiked the Maitland path between River Line and Sharpes Creek Line. We noticed a fantastic blue heron on a tree on the fringe of the river. On the drive to the assembly place I ended at Forsters bridge and noticed a heron, nice egret, a cormorant and a midland painted turtle in addition to flocks of geese and gulls.

A female eastern black swallowtail. Patrick Capper photo A feminine jap black swallowtail. Patrick Capper photograph


  • The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority are about to (or have already began on) alternative of the lengthy boardwalk on the Naftel’s Creek path. A completion ceremony is deliberate for Saturday, Oct. 15. Particulars are within the Maitland Path E-newsletter.
  • Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. is the second of the Maitland Path hikes from Jenkins to Benmiller, a distance of about 12 kilometres, which is predicted to take about three hours. Come out to walk alongside this very fairly part of the Maitland Path, passing by way of, amongst different scenic locations, the mature forest of the Morris Tract and having fun with a view of the falls on the Falls Reserve Conservation Space. Put on sturdy footwear, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and convey a number of water. For automotive shuttle preparations and to substantiate your attendance, please contact Sally Brodie at or Patrick Capper at This can be a Degree 2, reasonable tempo
  • Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. – Hike at Maitland Woods, Goderich and get to know this lovely and handy location higher by experiencing a stroll alongside its path with a educated information. Meet within the southwest nook of the Knights of Columbus Corridor car parking zone. For extra info and to substantiate your attendance, please name or textual content Hugh McGregor at 519 955-6318. This can be a Degree 1 hike, leisurely tempo, two hours.
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25, Hike the Maitland Camino occasion. As an alternative of the Saturday Harvest supper there will probably be a Saturday potluck supper at a pavilion. Particulars to observe.
  • Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to hike for about an hour. When you want to be on this e mail checklist, ship an e mail to . All hikers should signal the waiver, ideally the On-line waiver at www.maitland
  • Uneven Hikers hike for 1.5 to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays, contact Patrick Capper. Each teams meet at 9 a.m. and are open to non-members offered they signal the MTA on-line waiver.

When you have questions or one thing of curiosity for Path Discuss e mail me Patrick Capper at


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