Yuki’s Canadian Adventure – Part 2
Last week, on Aug 7th, Bob and I visited landowners who are considering donating their land to EBC. They showed us their property near Chatsworth, which was really beautiful, and told us that they don’t want people to develop the land after they die. The property includes the Saugeen River that protects habitat of some important species such as snapping turtles and water snakes. Bob and the landowner talked about what they need to do before making a conservation agreement, how we manage the nature reserve to keep it natural and how important it is for protecting species and for our future.
During our walk, their German shepherd was playing around us with a favorite branch that was bigger than her body. Then she started running joyfully with it in her mouth so we had to get out of the way every time she passed us. Such a naughty dog having fun with people jumping over the stick!
Their property is obviously worth protecting so I hope this agreement will happen in the near future.
After visiting the landowner, we went to check part of the Bruce Trail on an EBC conservation property and then went to one of our nature reserves to start building a trail there. Without a trail, it was hard to walk in the forest. I got spider webs all over my face twice. They caught me well but I was too big so that I destroyed their dream house instead. We left tape on trees so that we can build a trail next time. Watch out spiders, giants are coming again. We met with a neighbor who had thrown horse poop over the fence.
On Aug 9th we went to the Northern Bruce Peninsula to build a trail that we have been working on at the new Hobson Reserve. The first thing we did before the trail building was taking down a hunting stand that was used by the previous owners of the property. After many attempts, Alex Cowan was finally able to topple it. No more hunting.
Trail building started about 2pm after a four-hour drive from Toronto. Bob, Morgan, Alex Cowan and I helped with trail building. The first person cut trees using a chainsaw and cleared the way. The following team dealt with his debris, smaller trees and branches that prevented us from getting through. We did this for eight hours and Bob eventually made it to the shore and a huge drink out of Lake Huron. It must have been an exciting moment for him. His arms were bleeding all over from hundred cuts and those made a big red stain on his shorts. Even after eight hours of work, the trail is still incomplete. It got so dark that we decided to stop. Moonlight helped us to find our way back to the car.
It was more exhausting to build a trail than I expected. My whole body hurt the next day and I could barely get up from my bed. We need help building trails – any volunteers?
EBC volunteer – visiting from Japan