Saturday, May 5 - Old Dawson Road, East Braintree, and Hadashville. We expect to see spring flowers in the pine forests and in a riparian area along the Whitemouth River. These will include crocus, coltsfoot, and marigolds, as well as the rare eastern bloodroot along the Whitemouth River, and trailing arbutus in the pines. We will have lunch in the Manitoba Forestry Association's Sandilands Forest Interpretive Centre near Hadashville and have time to view their graceful suspension bridge over the river and other attractions. Come out and celebrate spring!
Saturday, June 9 - Cedar Bog near Woodridge - more than a dozen native orchid species can be found in this very special area including the rare Ram's-head lady's-slipper, Hooker's orchid, and the exquisite Small round-leaved orchid. There are many other unusual plants in the immediate area including New Jersey tea (Ceanothus herbaceus).
Saturday, June 16 - The Brokenhead Wetland near Scanterbury - this rare wetland contains 28 species of native orchids including Dragon's-mouth and Grass-pink as well as many other rare plants. Sign up early because this is a favourite destination and we have to limit the number of participants to reduce damage to this fragile wetland.
Sunday, June 17 - SPECIAL EVENT - Join us for a hike on the Franklin part of the Crow Wing Trail near
Senkiw in summer. We will see lady's-slippers and other species of orchids along this trail that includes upland
sandy areas as well as a riparian portion near the Roseau River. There are many species of violets, vines, and
shrubs. This fieldtrip is part of an Orchid Festival that we are holding in conjunction with the Franklin
branch of the Crow Wing Trail Association and the Parish of the Ukranian Orthodox Church of the Nativity
of St.Mary in Senkiw. Admission includes the interpreted fieldtrip, displays, a slide-show on orchids, a talk
on the pioneer history of the area including a look inside the beautiful old church, BBQ hotdogs and drinks for
lunch at the old town hall, and a lot of fun! An additional attraction is the historic suspension bridge built
across the beautiful Roseau River many years ago by area residents so their children could go to school and
recently restored by the Franklin branch of the CWT-Association. Register early to avoid disappointment.
See Map with directions to Senkiw.
Saturday, June 23 - for those who missed the first trip another chance to visit the Brokenhead Wetland. Later-blooming orchids like White bog-orchid (P.dilatata) and Showy lady's-slippers should be in full flower along with 8 or more species of carnivorous plants including pitcher plants and the exotic sundews.
To register for a trip, please contact our fieldtrip-coordinator Iris Reimer at 475-9878 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register early because we take a limited number of participants in order to minimize damage to some of the sensitive habitats. There is a charge of $10.00 per adult, or $5.00 per child under 18 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 but most of our trips are suitable for any healthy adult. Iris can advise you. Our fieldtrip-leaders are all amateur naturalists with field experience. We can't guarantee that you will see every plant we mention but you will see many different plants and animals and meet interesting people. Please dress suitably for the weather as we intend to go rain or shine. Hats, drinking water, a bag lunch, sunscreen, and insect repellent are strongly recommended. Please let Iris know if you have room for extra passengers in your car as we encourage car-pooling. We will arrange to meet at a place in the city that is on a bus route before we set off on the fieldtrip. You will be notified if we have to cancel the trip for any reason. Suggested field-guides: Orchids of Manitoba and Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.
Volunteers are needed to assist with leading trips. As such a volunteer you could learn about native orchids and other rare plants. You won't get paid but you will get free transportation or mileage if your vehicle is needed. If you would like to help, please contact Iris at 475-9878.