SATURDAY, MAY 4th - Come with us out to the southeast, Richer, Hadashville and East Braintree to see Crocus, Three-flowered Avens and Trailing Arbutus. We are sure to see early over-wintering butterflies and birds too. Native orchids will be sprouting at this time. See the Pipsissewa or Prince's Pine in the Jack Pine forests.
SATURDAY, MAY 25th - This is the time to see Fairy Slipper Orchids, Early Coral Root, and possibly Moccasin Flowers in bloom. With luck we should also be able to see the beautiful, pink Bog Laurel along the #308 and the shy Goldthread flowers as well.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15th - Out to a cedar bog near Woodridge, this time to see the Ram's Head Lady-Slippers, Yellow Lady's-Slippers and Small Round Leaf Orchids. There will be Paintbrush and other interesting plants blooming at the same time.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd - Our first trip of the year to the Gull Lake Wetlands to see the early orchids, sedges and insect-eating plants there. The Showy Lady's-Slippers should be blooming at this time as well as many other orchids. We can make a side trip to see the Moccasin Flowers in Belair Provincial Forest.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29th - Back out to the Woodridge area to see the orchids we missed last time and anything that's new. The show of wildflowers in the country should be getting better and better.
SATURDAY, JULY 20th - Back out to the Gull Lake wetlands to see more orchids including the three little pink ones; Dragon's Mouth, Rose Pogonia and Grass Pink. The carnivorous plants should be at their bug-eating best.
MONDAY, JULY 29th - Here's one for all you unlucky people who have to work weekends! We will head out to the Whiteshell to see the halcyon-blue Viper's Bugloss and Vervain. The beautiful White Water Lilies floating on Lily Pond are a photographers delight. Relict populations of strange old Ironwood trees and majestic White Pine are just some of the many attractions in this special park. Join us for the last field trip of the season. If it's hot, we'll stop for ice cream!
Bob Joyce is our field trip coordinator. Please contact Bob at 256-8113 if you would like to join us on one of these trips. We take a limited number of members to some of the rarer and more delicate habitats, so register early. There is a charge of $10.00 per adult to cover costs and you will be required to sign a liability waiver. You must be a member of NOCI to join us on these trips. Please use your discretion as to whether you are able to participate depending on the degree of difficulty walking. Bob can advise you . Most trips are suitable for any healthy adult. Our trip leaders are all amateur naturalists with field experience. We cannot guarantee that you will see every plant we mention in bloom, but we can guarantee that you will see many different plants and animals and you will certainly meet interesting people.
Please dress suitably for the weather as we intend to go rain or shine. Hats and drinking water are strongly recommended. You will be notified if a trip has to be cancelled for some reason.