Winter at High Lonesome

January 24, 2015,  found the Macnamarans on snowshoes at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Highlands.  This beautiful 200 acre property, with an extensive network of trails that meander through forests and wetlands, was donated to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust by the family of the late Barry Spicer, who had been a member of the MFNC.

Led by Owen Clarkin we identified a great variety of different species of trees and shrubs, which is definitely challenging at this time of year. Thanks to Owen’s knowledge and enthusiasm we all left with better identification skills and with an appreciation of the rich diversity of the plant life on this property.

An old barn on the property, soon to be made a visitors’ centre, provided a perfect spot for shelter and lunch.

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