The hikers meet every Thursday morning at 9 AM at a different park or natural area in Lake County.
Nick Standering, Recreation Coordinator, organizes the walks and has arranged to have Tom Yates, retired Holden horticulturist, accompany us as an interpretive guide—they don’t come any better.
This plant is an unlikely relative of the carrot family. Its pale green balls house the plant’s tiny white flowers, which attract a variety of insects.
My thanks to Jim McConnor of Blackbrook Audubon Society for identifying the gender of the bluebird. Without seeing its wings or back, I couldn’t identify its gender by its breast coloration alone. Jim can.
According to Tom Yates, folklore claims the plant repels bed bugs. I prefer to think it lights the way for fairies.
JULY 2012 HIKING SCHEDULE:
Thursday, July 5 – *New Trail* Lake Erie Bluffs – 2901 Clark Rd. Perry Township (Metroparks reports tick sightings, so wear long pants.)
Thursday, July 12 – Hell Hollow – 14435 Leroy Center Rd.
Thursday, July 19 – Veterans Park – 5730 Hopkins Road
Thursday, July 26 – Mentor Marsh – 5185 Corduroy Road
The center will not cancel the hikes due to inclement weather; we leave it up to each individual participant if they feel it’s safe.
Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as July looks to be pretty steamy!
Contact Nick Standering, Mentor Senior Center Recreation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for a monthly schedule of interpretive walks.
Photos copyright Carole Clement