Outing: Cowan Trail

Outing: Cowan Trail

Eight people gathered for an outing to the Cowan trail on May 12. 

This 1.9-km loop trail near Severn, Ontario is generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 28 min to complete. Matchedash Bay is the largest marsh situated on Georgian Bay and is listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The marsh and aquatic transition areas in the Bay are continually changing due to fluctuating water levels. Woodlands of the Matchedash Bay Provincial Wildlife Area are typical of the Great Lakes – Saint Lawrence Forest Region.

Matchedash Bay is situated on the contact zone between granite shield and limestone bedrock. The transitional and young nature of the forests, leads to the occurrence of species of both northern and southern areas.

Species list:
Canada Geese
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey vulture
Golden-winged warbler
Yellow warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Brown-headed cowbird
Eastern King bird
Common crow
Red-winged blackbird
Blue Jay
White-throated sparrow
Common Grackle
Brown Thrasher
Tree Swallow
Yellow-rump warbler
Eastern Phoebe
Black-capped chickadee
Warbling video
American Redstart
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
American Robin
Marsh Wren
Baltimore Oriole
Pickerel & Leopard (15+) Frogs
Painted Turtles (20+)
Blandings Turtle (on road)

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