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The Enriching Benefits of Natural Trail Systems

Frogs, Toads and Salamanders
Several species of amphibians inhabit the fen. Both frogs (Ranidae) and toads (Bufonidae) are numerous, visible and audible, but often we are not aware of the salamanders (Salamandridae) – including newts and mud puppies. They are seldom seen or heard as they are active mainly at night.

NEW TO GEOCACHING?

A photo of three girls attempting to solve a geocache puzzle. Photo by Geocaching.com | Used with permission.

Have you ever heard of geocaching?
Are you interested in trying this fun family adventure?

Before starting, please ensure you have a GPS or a smartphone. We recommend downloading the Geocaching® app and then signing up on Geocaching.com to gain access to various fun tools and maps to help you select and find your cache on the trails.

AMPHIBIANS

A photo of a green frog along the trails. Image by Rebecca Mackay.

Frogs, Toads and Salamanders
Several species of amphibians inhabit the fen. Both frogs (Ranidae) and toads (Bufonidae) are numerous, visible and audible, but often we are not aware of the salamanders (Salamandridae) – including newts and mud puppies. They are seldom seen or heard as they are active mainly at night.

TREES

Trees As you walk the trails, look for several varieties of large trees, including hemlock, cedar, paper birch and white pine. Trees are a prominent and defining feature of a landscape and ecosystem. As you walk look for differences among the trees in the woodland. On the higher, drier ground there are mainly hardwoods: sugar […]

ORCHIDS

ORCHIDS Orchids are rare and highly sensitive to environmental disturbances. Some orchids may take over a decade to produce a flower. Orchids require our protection. PLEASE DO NOT PICK OR DIG UP THE ORCHIDS. Look in this area for a variety of orchids including the rose pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) and the grass pink (Calopogon tuberosus). […]

DO NOT TOUCH!

Do Not Touch Poison Ivy (Leaves of Three – Let it Be!) Each leaf of poison ivy consists of three leaflets. These compound leaves change seasonally from dark green to yellow, purple or red. The perennial plant may carpet the ground or stand upright 60-90 cm tall. It can also climb nearby trees as a […]

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

A picture plant located on the Garry Fen Trail

Carnivorous Plants Carnivorous plants are sensitive to disturbances in their habitat. Please do not walk on, pick or dig these plants. Can you spot the carnivorous plants? Beside the boardwalk, you may see some varieties of carnivorous plants. Carnivorous plants have an advantage over other plants in nutrient-poor soils like these in the fen. They […]

September 25, 2023

An aerial view of Mill Pond in Alexandria, Ontario.

September 25, 2023North Glengarry Township The North Glengarry Township passed a resolution concerning Township land on both sides of the Garry River near Lakeshore Road in the Garry Fen region. The results will provide further protection for wildlife habitat there. We are grateful for recognizing the value of the trails and the Friends of Glengarry […]

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