(Rain Date September 21)
Petrie Island is well-known for its relatively pristine natural environment, given the close proximity to Ottawa. This low island contains a well-preserved natural plant community, with good examples of regionally uncommon woody plants such as Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Black Willow (Salix nigra), and Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia). Come discover this unique ecosystem with us! This guided walk will emphasize interaction and public education, with all questions from participants welcome.
Tour Guide Bio:
"Owen Clarkin grew up near Russell Ontario, and has been studying the trees of Eastern Ontario as a dedicated amateur since the age of 4. After finishing a conventional education in the natural sciences, he has begun more seriously to explore topics in tree ecology from an Eastern Ontario perspective, together with a core group of colleagues.