Hike to Mer-Bleue
Hike to Mer Bleue
When: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: Meet at 9:00 am
Meeting place: on Parking 24 near boardwalk of Mer Bleue (insert map link here).
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Questions: by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or by phone at 613-232-7297.
Excursion led by Elena Kreuzberg
Mer- Bleue is a fascinating area in Ottawa’s Greenbelt. This refuge of a tundra ecosystem in the temperate zone of Ottawa is a place where you can observe plant and animal species, more typical for boreal ecosystems. Such boreal bird species as White-throated Sparrow, Palm Warbler and Hermit Thrush nest in this area. Larch trees (or tamaracks) just began to open their soft needles after the winter season. Tamaracks, paper birch and black spruce create the atmosphere of northern landscape on small sphagnum peat. Spring Peepers and other wood frogs just recently started to call and we’ll be able to listen for their chorus. We’ll explore the plants and wildlife of this bog in the beginning of spring.
Take your cameras and snack for refreshment. Be prepared in accordance with weather.