Saturday was a cool, sunny winter day, perfect for a two-hour trek on groomed trails through the magnificent Carp Ridge, one of the most beautful areas in West Carleton. David Spence shared his vast knowledge of the area with 26 of our club members. We learned about many aspects of the Ridge. For example, we examined trees and shrubs, investigated the numerous tracks (including deer, squirrel, coyote, fox, fisher, grouse, the site of a recent Northern shrike kill of a robin), checked out woodpecker holes and raccoon cavities, found a ravens’ nest in an old barn, tasted high bush cranberries and were greeted by a live robin. Along with this we had time to chat and get to know one another better, especially as the day ended and we gathered around a blazing bonfire. We thank David and Helen Spence for sharing their property and their enthusiasm for the Carp Ridge with us.