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April 9 2022, Cambridge area, Bannister Lake and Drynan Tract

The Pipits: April 9 2022, Cambridge area, Bannister Lake and Drynan Tract 13 Apr 2022 12:42 PM Colleen Reilly (Administrator) 13 Pipits attending this past Saturday, to walk with and learn from Janet Ozaruk, the President of Waterloo Region Nature. It was a wonderful opportunity to visit several locations new to many of us, and Janet shared some of her naturalist knowledge with us! Two things Janet shared were new to me, and perhaps to others. I had no idea that Skunk Cabbage is one of the earliest wildflowers, because they generate heat that melts snow and allows the flowers to emerge?! It does this through a process called Thermogenesis, explained in this article. And also, I didn't know that several species of birds will work a hole into galls like Goldenrod Gall Fly galls, to find and eat the larvae within the gall! So interesting!

Thanks so much to Janet for leading our walk and teaching us these and other nature facts!

We visited Bannister Lake and the Drynan Regional Forest Tract, and wrapped up with a few of us going to visit the nearby Grass Lake.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making it such a great day!

The google photo album is here.

Our eBird trip report is here, and thanks to Angelique for managing the lists!

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