Guided May Walks through Laurier Woods The Friends of Laurier Woods, a non-profit charitable organization, is gearing up for their annual spring interpretive hikes throughout the month of May. The guided walks are being offered at no cost to the public and will take place on Saturday, May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th starting at 9:00a.m., plus an additional hike on Saturday, May 27th starting at 10:00a.m. All hikes will leave from the Brule Street parking lot.
The Laurier Woods Conservation Area, within the heart of the City of North Bay,features an 12 kilometre trail network through significant wetlands and upland forest. The area is home to a variety of woodland and wetland creatures, including beavers, frogs, turtles, white-tailed deer, raccoons and porcupines. With 33 bird species found nesting in Laurier Woods and an even greater number of migrants passing through during the spring and fall, the area is an ideal destination for bird watchers.
The two-hour walks, led by members of the Friends of Laurier Woods, will offer perfect opportunities for visitors to view early budding wildflowers and spring birds such as warblers, thrushes, kinglets and ducks. The 9:00am walks will be guided by expert birder, Dick Tafel, while the 10:00am walk on May 27th will be led by edible and medicinal plants enthusiast, Lori Beckerton.
The Friends of Laurier Woods was established as a volunteer body to manage the area as a nature preserve; to develop an interpretive trail system, boardwalks, viewing platforms, and rest areas; and to promote the area for low-impact, day-use recreation. In 2006 the Friends of Laurier Woods and the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority became joint owners of the property.
For those unable to attend the spring walks, the Friends of Laurier Woods encourages you to come out and enjoy the site on your own. The parking lot and access to the trails is located at the end of Brule Street. Brochures for Laurier Woods are available at the display kiosk on-site and on-line at www.laurierwoods.com .