Though the spring ephemerals are blooming, I’m going to cancel the March hike tomorrow, but still continue to keep the April Guild Trail and May Glenn Falls Trail hikes on the schedule. It’s possible that I’ll continue offering them throughout the year on those two trails. Hopefully…
On the one hand, being outside is great for our health: we can practice social distancing and learn about what is edible and what can keep us healthy. On the other hand, it’s possible that when stopping to talk about the plants, we might create a situation where we’re closer than is advisable right now.
I personally have been out walking a lot. Many spring ephemerals are blooming along the Guild Trail going through the woods from the Ruby Falls parking lot, such as toothwort, rue anemone, hepatica, and trillium, and the blooming will continue with other later bloomers like stoneroot, Spigelia, skullcap, and black cohosh.
I hope to see you on the trail. And if you’re curious about plants, you can go to my blog.
Lookout Mountain Conservancy purchased from a developer around 60 acres on the side of Lookout Mountain, which included an informal trail to Glenn Falls, and now it’s protected for generations to enjoy and appreciate. Plus, from the perspective of the creatures who have no voice, this purchase protects the habitat for the many spring ephemeral wildflowers on these trails, and the really special spring migratory birds who come through in April and May, and all the other creatures who live there. Not to mention the steep slope protection that will maintain the integrity of the hillsides.
To show my deep gratitude, and to provide a way for others to show how grateful they are to LMC, I’m leading a Spring series of wildflower/medicinal plant ID walks. My hope is that these walks will also help anyone who is interested in learning the plants in their neighborhood to appreciate this great gift even more.
We might be able to make this a Citizen Science, iNaturalist thing, too, with documenting the species we see. Any advice on that is welcome.
Suggested donation is $10-20, or more!, and all of it goes to Lookout Mtn Conservancy. Lookout Mountain Conservancy doesn’t just protect land, they grow people. If you’re not familiar with what the organization does, read about them on their website.
Hope to see you on the trail!
3 Spring Walks, come to one or all:
Sunday, March 22nd at 2pm, meet at Glenn Falls Trailhead
Friday, April 17th at 10am, meet at Guild Trail Lot Trailhead
Sunday, May 10th at 2pm, meet at Glenn Falls Trailhead