Spring Walk in Carlington

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Carlington Park meadow, looking west.

Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. I wonder where the birdie is? The bird is on the wing. That’s funny. I always thought the wing was on the bird.  –  Anonymous

As the snowboarders and tobogganers put away their boards and sleds for another winter season, spring in Carlington Park is just beginning!

Carlington is home to many different types of trees, including the endangered butternut tree, as well as many types of edible and medicinal plants. Several species of migratory birds also use the area for hunting. And if all that weren’t enough to entice you to get to know Carlington a little better, the park offers a panoramic view of the city!

Join me and the Friends of Carlington for a spring walk on Saturday April 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. Meet at the intersection of McBride Street and Lepage Avenue, just south of Raven Park (1500 Larose Avenue). The #14 OC Transpo bus will take you to Raven and McBride. Map below.

At 3 p.m., join Ottawa Field Naturalist member, Owen Clarkin for a tree identification walk. Meet near the Morisset Drive Carlington Park gates.

The walk includes a slope that is quite steep in places (20%+ grade) and through high grasses and other plants. Those with allergies should exercise due diligence. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and long pants. If the weather is reasonably warm, there will be gnats and other flying insects, so you may also wish to bring or apply bug spray.

For more information about other events the Friends of Carlington have planned for Earth Day, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1105428122826947/

McBride & Lepage intersection circled.

McBride & Lepage intersection circled.

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