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Species of Concern

On November 17, Donald Sutherland spoke to members and friends of the Lone Pine and Northumberland Land Trusts about Species of Concern. Don Sutherland is a zoologist with the Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC).
The Natural Heritage Information Centre of Ontario is a member of NatureServe. NatureServe is a network of data centres in North and South America that maintain data on species’ abundances and distributions. A common methodology is used by all of the data centres and this makes the observations comparable across the full geographic area.
NatureServe’s most important definition is the element occurrence. NHIC defines an element occurrence as:

an area of land and/or water where a species or plant community is or was present. They represent areas important to the conservation of a species or plant community such as the courtship, nesting, rearing and feeding areas of a bird.

Element occurrences are used to produce species ranks that estimate the risk of extinction of a species (or subspecies). There are subnational ranks (defined in Ontario by NHIC), national ranks, and global ranks. Don Sutherland provided examples of species that meeting the five levels of subnational ranks in Ontario with photos and descriptions. The examples helped the audience understand the ranks and types of species that meet the criteria.
For more information on the Natural Heritage Information Centre or NatureServe, click the above links in the article.

Donald Sutherland speaks about Species of Concern, Nov 17, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Donald Sutherland speaks about Species of Concern, Nov 17, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

There are two more speakers in our winter speaker series partnership (with Northumberland Land Trust). Erica Nol will speak about songbirds on Feb 16 and James Conolly will talk about human settlement in Northumberland County. Both talks will take place at the Cobourg Library Rotary Room at 7pm.

Benefit Concert on October 1

written by Marg Fleming
The benefit concert held on the evening of October 1 for the newly designated Lone Pine Land Trust (LPLT) has been, to date, the event highlight this year. Local musical sensation The Fade Kings gave their talent and time back to the community by hosting an entertaining evening of music that spanned several generations. The evening was made special by The Old Church Theatre venue where comfortable casual seating and refreshments gave an ‘at home’ ambiance to the performance.
LPLT board member Doug McRae introduced The Fade Kings thanking them for their contribution to local habitat conservation, then turned the evening over to the band. More heads were bobbing than a peep convention on a Presqu’ile beach as the audience enjoyed old favourites with a new twist, sweetened by the fine acoustics of The Old Church Theatre. Regular Fade Kings David Impey (percussion), John de Vries (base), Leigh Moore (keyboard), and Eric Fry (lead guitar) were joined by guest artist Ian Kojima (saxophone) for the first 60-minute set. Ian is accomplished in his own right, having played with a palette of notable artists around the world including BB King, and toured for 15 years internationally with singer-songwriter instrumentalist Chris de Burgh. Ian added a unique dimension to the evening’s sound and soul. And just before intermission the audience was treated to a surprise performance by the legendary Ila Vann whose voice has joined those of iconic performers such as Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Ms. Vann was one of Ray Charles’ “Rayettes” and in the 1970s had a #1 hit in the UK, “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man”.
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Sincere thanks go to The Fade Kings for donation of their time and talent in the interest of local conservation. The band’s proceeds were presented to LPLT for ongoing habitat preservation on its four constituent properties. You can follow The Fade Kings at www.fadekings.com to view their upcoming schedule and catch another one of their local performances. And a calendar of presentations at The Old Church Theatre, possibly the best kept secret in the area, can be found at www.oldchurchtheatre.ca.

Early Summer Walk at Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016

Doug McRae tells members about bobolinks and meadowlarks during a guided walk (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Doug McRae tells members about bobolinks and meadowlarks during a guided walk (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

On June 11, members joined the board of directors of Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary for a walk at the Braham tract. Despite warnings for thunderstorms and showers, there was no precipitation and a heat wave set in. Thanks to George Wilkinson’s mowing efforts, members were able to traverse the northern meadow loops more easily. Bobolinks and meadowlarks were observed in these grassed areas.
At the beaver dam, dragonflies and arrowhead were observed.

Members observe dragonflies beside the creek and weir (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Members observe dragonflies beside the creek and weir (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Members then went south to the observation deck and followed the edge of the marsh south through the shrubs (which Doug McRae had recently pruned). Ferns (sensitive and cinnamon) were lush adjacent to the trails.

Ferns and cattails on the edge of the marsh (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Ferns and cattails on the edge of the marsh (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

At the edge of the forest (where they were finally beset by mosquitoes) members stopped and Gary Bugg pointed out the new trail loop into the southern forest.

Gary Bugg points out the new trail loop into the southern woods (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Gary Bugg points out the new trail loop into the southern woods (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Members turned back before completing the loop south forest loop due to time constraints (and remaining poison ivy on the trail).

Members walk through grass between pines and the marsh (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Members walk through grass between pines and the marsh (Braham Tract, Jun 11, 2016). (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Following the walk, members had lunch and met to discuss special resolutions and hold the annual general meeting.

Introducing Lone Pine Land Trust

On June 11, the board of directors and members of Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary met at the Braham tract for a walk of the property (and introduction to new trails) followed by lunch, a special meeting, and the annual general meeting.

Meetings under the shelter at the Braham tract with members. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Meetings under the shelter at the Braham tract with members. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

At the Special Meeting, new by-laws were passed (with amendments) and the name was officially changed to Lone Pine Land Trust. Since the addition of the Wilkinson, Kennedy, and Munn tracts to the original marsh (Braham tract), our land ownership in the watershed of Cold and Marsh Creeks has increased to a total of 371 acres. The addition of “Land Trust” to our name immediately tells people what our organization is about. To simplify the name, we dropped “Marsh Sanctuary” from the title; we will continue to focus on acquiring wetlands and lands adjacent to the creeks and be a sanctuary to the indigenous organisms of the area.

Members observe the marsh (Braham tract) on Jun 11, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Members observe the marsh (Braham tract) on Jun 11, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Wilkinson Spring Flower Walk, May 14, 2016

Members assess the beaver dam along Pogue Rd. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Members assess the beaver dam along Pogue Rd. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

On a drizzly Saturday morning, eleven members met at the end of Pogue Road to walk around the Wilkinson property. We first walked north along the road allowance to visit the marsh and enjoy the beavers’ handiwork before walking the loop by the sugar shack.

Jack-in-the-pulpit growing with a clump of grass. (credit: Dalila Seckar

Jack-in-the-pulpit growing with a clump of grass. (credit: Dalila Seckar

We saw flowering plants including trilliums (red and white), marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), toothwort (Cardamine diphylla), serviceberry (Ameliancher sp.), heartleaved foam flower (Tiarella cordifolia), and jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum). We also saw the leaves of partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadensis), trout lily (Erythronium americanum), meadow rue (Thalictrum pubescens), and mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum).

Bear tracks in the mud, May 14, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Bear tracks in the mud, May 14, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)


In the mud of the forest, there were bear tracks.
We heard spring peepers and leopard frogs. We also saw or heard the following birds: redwing blackbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, common yellowthroat, black-and-white warbler, northern waterthrush, wood thrush, veery, tree swallow, and barn swallow.