Saturday, 5 May, starting at 1:30pm on the Crazy Horse Trail
Botany and birds! Under an open, greening canopy alive with bird song, ecologist Cathy Keddy and birder Art Goldsmith will tell you about the fleeting flowers and the transient migrants that inhabit the Carp Hills along the Crazy Horse Trail in the spring. There will be frequent stops to look and listen. Bring your camera, binoculars, and curiosity.
For the enjoyment of participants, space is limited to 25 participants. Register here using Eventbrite. A donation of $20 per person is requested at check-in to help with our insurance so that we can offer these events. You must sign a WAIVER (PDF), which you can download and print ahead of time or sign one available at the trailhead.
Advance, in-person registration will be available at our AGM and Public Meeting on Tuesday, 27 March, 7pm at the Carp Memorial Hall.
The check-in and tour begin at the trailhead on March Road where it intersects with Huntmar Drive. Parking on the shoulder is limited and traffic can be dangerous so please exercise caution. Walk about 50 meters past the trailhead sign to a clearing in the woods where you will check-in with your ticket. Expect the tour to last 90 to 120 minutes.
The event will run rain or shine. Expect wet conditions and rocky, uneven, slippery terrain. Hiking boots with ankle support are highly recommended. Black-legged ticks that can carry Lyme disease are present in the Carp Hills; tuck your pant legs into your socks and check yourself after the hike.
Those who would like to learn about the trail’s ecology ahead of time should read our Crazy Horse Trail Interpretive Guide (PDF).
About the guides:
Cathy Keddy – During M.Sc. studies in plant ecology at Dalhousie University, Cathy became a founding director of the Halifax Field Naturalists. She then spent over 25 years as a consulting ecologist on projects from the Yukon to Nova Scotia that ranged from creating ecosystem management plans for national parks to preparing status reports for species at risk, working with government agencies, private industry, and individual landowners. During an eight-year term in Louisiana, she became one of the founding directors of the Land Trust for Louisiana. On returning to Ontario, Cathy was recruited as program chair by the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists, became active with its environmental issues committee, oversaw MVFN’s receipt of charitable status, and established a highly successful annual banquet. She also shares her expertise as a director of Ontario Nature. Cathy lives with her husband in the woods of Lanark County, surrounded by an ecologist’s dream of forest, bears, and fishers—protected by a conservation easement held by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust.
Art Goldsmith – Art’s boyhood interest in nature developed into an understanding of ecology and conservation. After a career in Parks and Environment Canada, which occasionally interfered with his studies of wilderness, Art is now dedicated to his own conservation and ecological studies. He is a member of the Macnamara Field Naturaslists’ Club, a board member of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust, and an avid birder. You can follow Art and his exploits at: artnatureculture.blogspot.com.