BRUCE PENINSULA BOTANY EXTRAVAGANZA
The Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, bordered by Lake Huron on the west and the Georgian Bay to the east, is one of the richest botanical areas in eastern North America. This 60-mile long peninsula is filled with grand scenery of the Niagara Escarpment, and is home to over 30 species of wild orchids, an abundance of ferns, and a great variety of other plants, many of which are rare and endangered.
Bog Candles (Platanthera dilatata)
We've designed this weekend trip to introduce you to this very special place, surprisingly little known to residents of western New York. We've planned excursions to a variety of nature reserves and other protected areas. In mid-June the entire peninsula appears to be in bloom. A photographer's delight, we'll see wildflowers galore, including multitudes of wild orchids, rare ferns, Indian paintbrush, carnivorous plants like butterwort, bladderwort, pitcher plant and sundew, and much more in a scenic wonderland. Although plants are the focus for this trip, we won't ignore any other organisms that may capture our attention, including birds, butterflies, or dragonflies.
Yellow lady's slipper just emerging (Cypripedium pubescens)
Your leaders for this weekend are Steven Daniel and Douglas Bassett. Both are experienced naturalists and botanists who enjoy sharing their knowledge. They have guided many groups to the Bruce Peninsula since the late 1980's.
Participants are responsible for: transportation (we meet in Wiarton, at the southern end of the Bruce Peninsula, approximately a 6 hour drive from Rochester) and meals (the motel may include a continental breakfast.)