Marcy’s Woods Blog

Archive for April, 2009

Eastern Hemlocks in Marcy’s Woods

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Marcy’s Woods under attack? Could be. In May we will accompany scientist Sarah Leone in a walk in the Woods. A small, aphid-like insct the hemlock wooly adelgid is an attacker of our Eastern hemlock trees. Sarah will inspect our resident trees then. These insects can kill hemlocks. Hopefully they will be absent!
One sad note: Our 100 year old hemlock with its resident Witch’s Broom was cut down last year by the local power company. It was in the way of a new power line. The stump remains. Sad

actual count Wed. April 22nd Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

19 students of Niagara Christian School walked the Lower Trail and the beach. Excellent group. They want to return in May for the trilliums!

First School Group

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Allison, my daughter and I along with  Gr.7&8 studerts, four parents and Kris Wlkie teacher of Niagara Christian school walked the Lower path of Marcy Woods. It was Earth Day Wed. April 22.
They were a good group. We saw Dutchman’s breeches, Blood root, Skunk Cabbage, Wild Leek, Marsh marigold, coltsfoot, Spring beauty, hepaticas, the ever present Spicebushes and various trees including the giant Tulip tree. The class picked up trash on the beautiful beach fulfilling an Earth Day request. They will thank thr DiCienzo family for this great walk. Earl & Allison

Flowers at Marcy’s Woods

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Apri 3rd warm and wet. Few frog sounds but signs of our first spring flowers. Daughter Allison spied two Spring beauties this day. Soon others will follow – Sharp-lobed hepaticas, wild leeks , Bloodroot, and Dutchman’s breeches.

They’re Back!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

They’re back! March 31st, 2009 friend Paul called. “Earl, the wood frogs are quacking!” They were. With tape recorder we caught their raspy calls. It was mating time. Intermingled with the wood frogs calls were the piercing sounds of a few spring peepers. They’re back!