This page links you to a presentation on a beautiful property in the public domain,
I hope you enjoy it. The majority of the photographs are my own, but I believe that You may view the latest public version of the slide show
a conservation area on the south (left) bank of the Crowe River just above its
confluence with the larger Trent River, 12 km northeast of the town of Campbellford.
I have attributed all other illustrations, including maps and photographs, to their sources.
as a 7.5-MB, 65-slide pdf file, first posted on 03 May 2013.
The 2010 (6.5 MB, 62-slide) 3rd edition,
of similar image quality, is also available (posted here on 17 April 2013).
About a decade ago, there was great debate and concern in the local community over the
possible sale and development of part or all of this small (circa 10 hectare) but
well-loved riverside corner of the region. This seems to have been resolved in a
satisfactory manner, with the Municipality of Trent Hills now administering
the land for the regional Crowe Valley Conservation Authority. For most visitors,
the downstream water attraction at the weir is the key draw in summertime.
No question, this is a wonderful feature.
This presentation tries to present the area in a broad ecological context. More information
on the flora and fauna of the CBCA can be found on this web site
in the form of a informal Seymour township bird list
and associated species listing, a total of 173 species presently identified at CBCA,
out of the wider total (129 bird species: 531 species in total) in the whole township, as of 08 October 2019.
Both lists are, no doubt, woefully incomplete!
The show currently on display is a slightly more topical, updated version of the 2010 show
seen previously on the "Save The Crowe" web site. Enjoy!
Progress has been slow, but I hope to annotate the tables in both the ecology and bird lists for the township with the letters C, S and F, meaning, respectively, that the species in question has been identified at the Crowe Bridge, Seymour Conservation Area, or Ferris Park.
I hope you enjoy it. The majority of the photographs are my own, but I believe that
You may view the latest public version of the slide show
Two photos of small exposures of limestone displaying dessication cracks, formed by the baking of a lime-rich, muddy shore under an Ordovician sun! Above: an August view of rough woodland sunflowers against a backdrop of shady woodland.
Birds (9 species): American goldfinch; American robin; catbird; great blue heron; belted kingfisher; eastern wood pewee; eastern phoebe; great crested flycatcher; and kingbird (4 kinds of flycatcher).
Various (5 species, minimum): a blue dragonfly, sp. (?); a fish, 5 cm long, very thin, olive green with orange and black near rear end (?); a white mushroom, 4 cm across, concave up, fringe of gills beneath (?); a frog (small, several individuals - not seen clearly) (?); and a big, dark green-black turtle, smooth and unmarked above, orange- red under tail, 25 cm long, probably a painted turtle.
Flowers (36 types, minimum): bergamot; birds-foot trefoil; bird vetch (wild pea); bladder campion; blueweed; bouncing Bet; butter and eggs; cardinal flower; Philadelphia fleabane (pink and white forms); Canada goldenrod; spotted knapweed; Canada thistle; chicory; common evening primrose; purple loosestrife; great mullein; bracken (pteridium aquilinum); wild mint (Mentha arvensis, field mint); panicled aster ("2-tone aster" I call it); swamp milkweed; common water-parsnip; boneset; swamp sunflower (common sneezeweed); ox-eye daisy; Queen Anne's lace; red clover; self-heal; joe-pye weed; sulphur cinquefoil; rough woodland sunflower; white sweet-clover; wild grape; wild mustard; yarrow; yellow goatsbeard; and yellow hawkweed.
Trees and shrubs (12, minimum): big-toothed aspen; eastern white cedar; hobblebush (viburnum); juniper; bur oak; northern red oak; white pine; stag's-horn sumac; hemlock; silver maple; red cedar; and sugar maple.
Not bad for a little walk by the river!