Snowshoe Outing to East Coulson Swamp Nature reserve Sat Feb 23/19

The snowshoe adventure at East Coulson Swamp was well attended by members of the Orillia Naturalists’ Club. The morning weather was perfect for our hike. The group seemed to be happy to be outside enjoying nature’s bounty once again.  Denis and Carolyn Paccagnella and Heather Ewing were responsible for the group.
We first went to the pond where the small bench dedicated to Margo Holt is. The area at the edge of the pond made for good photo ops. From there some of the group retraced their path back to the cars while others continued on the loop before heading back.
Although there was no wild life to be seen, there was evidence from tracks in the snow that creatures had once passed by. There were  winter fungi to be found along with a good variety of trees and shrubs.
It was just pleasant being in the woods!

The group posed near a beaver pond.

92 year old Omer Mick is 5th from the left – wonderful to be his age and fitness

A polyporus fungus, probably Antrodia albida, partially covered a pair of hemlocks.
Entering the reserve at the gate
Text by Heather Ewing

Photos by Denis Paccagnella,Donald Macdonald, Heather Ewing and Dianne Rowntree

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