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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                               May 2018

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BVBTC Board Vacancies

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The BVBTC is looking for volunteers to join the Club’s Board of Directors. There are vacancies for the following positions:

  • Club Secretary. A position on the Beaver Valley Club’s Board of Directors requiring record-keeping talents for transcribing the minutes for up to 6 meetings a year.
  • Director-at-Large. A position on the Board of Directors requiring a willingness to participate in Board projects as needed.

Board meetings are held in the Beaver Valley area on a week day, either mornings or evenings to suit those attending. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to join a team of dedicated volunteers and learn more about the behind scenes activities of the BTC and your Club. To learn more about either position, please send an email with “Board Positions” in the subject line to

Ohhh My Stars!

Full moon with light clouds. Photo Joonas Kääriäinen Pexels. Photo credit: Joonas Kääriäinen, Pexels.

The BVBTC has teamed up with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) to create a new fundraiser that shows off the best of both our worlds. Join in on the fun with Steps! Sustenance! Stars! scheduled for Saturday, August 18 (or, if a rain-date is necessary, Saturday, September 15). There’s hiking in the beautiful Beaver Valley, potluck feasting and star-gazing at the E.C. Carr Observatory. A unique experience and all for only $15 per person!

Participants can choose to hike the short 3.8 km loop in the Loree Forest or the longer 8.4 km loop around Metcalfe Rock and the Chuck Grant Side Trail. A potluck dinner follows on the grounds of the E.C. Carr Observatory, hosted by volunteers of RASC. The fun continues after dark as RASC leads participants on a night-time astronomy presentation, including a laser-guided tour of the constellations. Afterwards, participants can get their own close-up views of the heavenly bodies in the night sky with one of the Observatory’s large telescopes.

Proceeds from the event will support both the Bruce Trail and RASC. Full details of the event will be disclosed to registered participants. Register for this special event with coordinator, Glenda Collings 519 694 7691 or Spaces are limited, so register early!

The Menace of Garlic Mustard

Invasive Garlic Mustard in flower. Photo David Cappaert Michigan State University Photo credit: David Cappaert, Michigan State University.

While spring may be slow to appear this year, we can certainly expect the return of Garlic Mustard to the Beaver Valley as the weather warms. Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an aggressive, invasive species in North America and threatens any native ecosystem where it sets root.

It has the ability to out-grow and out-compete natives with a height of three-to-four feet (in its second year) and dense growth habit prone to monoculture. It can grow in any soil type, wet or dry conditions, sun or shade and produces copious amounts of seed. The plant puts a chemical into the ground that interferes with nutrient uptake of native plants and even trees. Left alone, stands of Garlic Mustard can double in size in only four years. Once established, it can become the dominant plant in a woodland environment in only 5–7 years.

There are a number of steps you can take to help control the spread of this marauder:

  • Stay on the marked trails and keep dogs on leashes to avoid picking up seeds on boots, clothing and fur.
  • Learn to recognize Garlic Mustard. Check for this plant regularly in your garden and on your property.
  • Remove Garlic Mustard by cutting plants to the ground or if you won't overly disturb the soil (waking dormant seeds), pull plants, from the crown, roots and all, before flowering in May. Dispose of plants with your trash or at landfill in tightly-closed bags. Do not compost it! Check back over the growing season and repeat removal process as needed. Plants will regrow from any root left behind. These plants will even flower and seed in July or August!
  • Join a Garlic Mustard Pull organized in your community or local area.
  • Report sightings of Garlic Mustard in the wild (or other invasive species) to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or online at Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program.

For more information on Garlic Mustard and invasive species, see Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program and Ontario Invasive Plant Council.

Head into the Lion’s Head

Scenic Lions Head viewpoint high over Georgian Bay along Bruce Trail. Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2017. Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2017.

Join Margaret Yaraskavitch on Saturday, May 19 as she takes hikers to explore the rugged Bruce Peninsula section of the Bruce Trail. The challenging 16 km hike at Lion’s Head rewards hikers with many, many spectacular cliff-side vistas of Georgian Bay. Highlights include pothole formations, McKay’s Harbour and Gun Point.

New hikers are always welcome and membership is not a prerequisite to join our hikes. See May Hikes Schedule for full details on this month’s organized hikes.