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RCNHD Field Trip into the Shaw Woods

I was excited to have a walk in the Shaw Woods as I had heard so much about it in the past. Just outside the trailhead of Shaw Woods near the Snake River bank, we were privy to viewing an American Eagle on her nest. What a beautiful sight to see.

The Shaw Woods is a beautiful stately old forest which upon entering it gives a similar feel as entering into the Gillies Grove forest in Arnprior. We saw huge trees – Hemlock, Cedar, various species of Maple (red, striped, sugar, mountain), Ash, Basswood, Yellow Birch, American Beech trees, etc. Surprisingly I didn’t see many Pine trees.

Mark Stabb called in two Barred Owls from deep within the woods. We saw and heard a multitude of birds – Ovenbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Veery, Least Flycatcher, Pileated Woodpecker, Chickadees, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue Jays, Nuthatch, Robins, Hermit Thrush, Great Crested Flycatcher and of course the American Eagle.

I enjoyed walking by the different types of ferns – Beech, Wood, Oak, Ostrich. Karen enjoyed seeing her first ever Star Flower and Greggory found a Millipede which was passed from hand to hand so that people could feel it crawling on them. Oh such a tickle!

I left the Shaw Woods with a promise to myself that I would go back again real soon. I had a smile on my face driving all the way home. What a wonderful day!

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