Early Summer Walk at Braham Tract – Jun 11, 2016

On June 11, members joined the board of directors of Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary for a walk at the Braham tract. Despite warnings for thunderstorms and showers, there was no precipitation and a heat wave set in. Thanks to George Wilkinson’s mowing efforts, members were able to traverse the northern meadow loops more easily. Bobolinks and meadowlarks were observed in these grassed areas.

Doug McRae tells members about bobolinks and meadowlarks during a guided walk (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)
Doug McRae tells members about bobolinks and meadowlarks during a guided walk (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

At the beaver dam, dragonflies and arrowhead were observed.

Members observe dragonflies beside the creek and weir (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)
Members observe dragonflies beside the creek and weir (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Members then went south to the observation deck and followed the edge of the marsh south through the shrubs (which Doug McRae had recently pruned). Ferns (sensitive and cinnamon) were lush adjacent to the trails.

Ferns and cattails on the edge of the marsh (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)
Ferns and cattails on the edge of the marsh (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

At the edge of the forest (where they were finally beset by mosquitoes) members stopped and Gary Bugg pointed out the new trail loop into the southern forest.

Gary Bugg points out the new trail loop into the southern woods (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)
Gary Bugg points out the new trail loop into the southern woods (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Members turned back before completing the loop south forest loop due to time constraints (and remaining poison ivy on the trail).

Members walk through grass between pines and the marsh (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)
Members walk through grass between pines and the marsh (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Following the walk, members had lunch and met to discuss special resolutions and hold the annual general meeting.

Dalila Seckar

I live locally and enjoy daily views of Cold Creek from my windows. I have a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology (McGill) and M.Sc. in Zooplankton and Limnology (University of Manitoba). I am passionate about the local area and its environment and organisms and joined the Lone Pine Land Trust Board in 2015.