Marcy’s Woods Blog

May 23 2009 Nature Clubs Walk

May 23rd, 2009

What a glorious day at Marcy’s Woods. Sunshine and few mosqitos! 23 of us from the Bert Miller Nature Club, Niagara Falls Nature Club . Peninsula Naturalists and some from Buffalo. A great group. Daughter Allison was a great helpas she lead many along Hemlock Ridge and the Roller Coaster Hills. The trilliums were fading but other flowers were present. Paul Philps took photos for the records. One naturalist said, “If this was open to he general public it would become devastated. Prvate ownership seems to be paying off.” I agree and thank the owners again.

Sarah Leone, scientist

May 15th, 2009

We met Sarah Leone at 9:30 a.m. She is doing reserch on Eastern hemlock trees. Marcy’s Woods have may of hem. Daughter Allison and I drove Sarah and her friend Julie to Hem;ock Ridge. The two started their reseatch. Sarah will let us know the results later. Hopefully here is no infestation in Marcy’s Woods. The day was perfect weatherwise.

Great Growth

May 11th, 2009

May 11, 2009 Giant leaves of Skunk caggage growing profusely. Wild leeks, marsh marigolds out in full yellow bloom. Fiddle head ferns sprouting, a few red trilliums and countless white trilliums. Looking for painted trilliums. Coltsfoot has survived despite damage suffered last year. Great growing time.

Migration Time

May 4th, 2009

Migration Time: Warblers are arriving in the Woods. The bright little bodies of the warblers yellowthroat, black and white – Then the melodious sounds of a thrush – wood? Coude be.

Trillium Country 2009

May 1st, 2009

Amazing! April 30th – Allison and I saw trilliums in the vales and ridges of Marcy’s Woods. Not even May 1st and the great hosts of our Ontatio floral emblem are everywhere/ Worth a hike.

Eastern Hemlocks in Marcy’s Woods

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

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

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

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!

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!