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The Sifton Bog

The Sifton Bog

London Canada

2016/06/24

Dragon Fly
Dragon Fly
Sifton Bog Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is located on the south side of Oxford Street, west of Hyde Park Road. The map on the reverse shows the access points and trails.
Parking is available at the main entrance on Oxford Street.
The main feature of this 41.6-hectare public site is the floating acid peat bog and associated boreal plant life. Deciduous swamp and upland forest surround the bog, providing a sharp contrast between the northern (boreal) and southern (Carolinian) vegetation types.
Pitcher Plant
Pitcher Plant

Trails

There is a variety of trails within this site, totaling 2.7 km (see map on reverse). A 370-metre long boardwalk leads from the parking lot at Oxford Street to Redmond’s Pond at the centre of the bog, where there is a viewing platform. Most of the trails are easy to walk, but there are a couple of short hills. The managed trails are marked with yellow blazes.

History

Since the bog’s “discovery” by local naturalists in the 1870s, it has been a site of fascination and some controversy. In the 20th century, drainage was attempted to grow celery, layers of peat were harvested, and Black Spruce trees were sold for Christmas trees.

In 1957 a movement to preserve the bog was initiated by Dr. W.W. Judd of the University of Western Ontario. The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority acquired the site in 1967 from the Sifton Construction Company. The City of London later purchased additional lands.

Dragon Fly
Dragon Fly

Bog Formation

The bog is a product of glaciation. As the last ice sheet melted 13,000 years ago, a large block of ice broke off and settled in the glacial till (sand and gravel). When the block melted it left a kettle lake, cut off from any watercourses. Sedges, mosses and other plants gradually colonized the margins of the lake. Due to the cool, oxygen-poor conditions, when dead plants sank to the bottom, they did not break down fully, but became compressed as peat.

In time, the accumulating peat formed a semi-floating mat that crept from the outer edges of the bog towards the open water at the centre. As the mat became consolidated, Sphagnum mosses, heath plants and spruce trees grew on the drier hummocks.

Wild flowers
Wild flowers

Plant Communities

The bog’s most fascinating plant life is found near Redmond’s Pond, where colourful Sphagnum mosses grow on the surface of a quaking mat of partly decayed mosses. Other common plants include Leatherleaf, Small Cranberry, Black Huckleberry and Highbush Blueberry. Carnivorous plants such as Pitcher Plant and Round-leaved Sundew grow amongst the mosses. Orchids, including Rose Pogonia and Grass Pink, brighten the mat in early summer. In the fall, a profusion of Cotton Grass, a kind of sedge, may be seen. Towards the outer edges of the bog, Black Spruce and Tamarack trees grow.

Redmond’s Pond supports Southern Pond Lily, identified by its attractive yellow flowers and upright leaves.

Surrounding the peat bog is a swamp of Red and Silver Maple, White Pine and White Birch. There are also several small pockets of Silver Maple swamp in the southwest corner of the ESA near Naomee Place.

On the higher, drier ground surrounding the bog are trees and shrubs typical of southern Ontario’s hardwood forest. Stately White and Red Oak, Black Cherry, and Sugar Maple stand tall, overlooking the bog.

Morning refections
Morning refections

Wildlife

Numerous species of warblers, sparrows and other migrants stop over during spring and fall migration. In some years, the Black Spruce and Tamarack cones attract the winter finches.

Painted Turtles
Painted Turtles

Green Frog and Grey Treefrog are often heard in the spring. Midland Painted Turtle frequent Redmond’s Pond.

Raccoon, Grey Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk and other mammals typical of urban natural areas can be found in the drier habitats. White-tailed Deer live in and around the ESA. The herd’s intense browsing pressure is known to result in the loss of young trees, which has a long-term impact on forest regeneration. Coyotes have also been seen and heard in the ESA.

Baby Frog
Baby Frog
FROG
FROG

Sifton Bog is home to uncommon butterflies, including the Bog Copper, whose larvae feed on cranberry plants, and the Bog Elfin, which relies on blueberry plants. Many brightly coloured dragonflies and damselflies can be seen around the pond in summer.

Colage
Colage

INFORMATION:Upper Thames Valley Conservation Authority

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Doug Worrall Photography

DW PHOTOGRAPHY

London , Canada

Georgia Road

905 865 4034

Mother Nature and DW Photography present Summer 2016

2016-06-12

Mother Nature and DW Photography present Summer 2016

Just before the Atmospheric events began
Just before the Atmospheric events began

Last weekend a dear friend, and all around good soul and I began a journey, starting at Pinecroft -The green Tea room and the Ponds surrounding.

Abandoned
Abandoned

 

We walked/Hiked for 10 Hours, and here at Pics4twitts we have compiled some of those images

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

 

Wild flower Not a Nadelion
Wild flower Not a Dandelion

 

Admiral Butterfly
Admiral Butterfly

 

 

Enjoy Relax

Duck Potrait
Duck Portrait

 

Cardinal
Cardinal

 

Mother Nature is there for a reason, to See the rea; beauty in our small part of the World.

Cob-looking-proud
Cob-looking-proud

 

Bloodroot
Bloodroot

 

Living in the Middle of The Great lakes region-Southwestern Ontario Canada.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

 

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

 

Thank you Mother Nature

 

Photos and Imagery By Doug Worrall

of DW Photography

London Canada

Call for Event, Portrait-Pet-landscape-and Images for those in the Real estate Market

PHONE:

905 865 4034–London Canada

 

Hamilton Canada Is a Wonderful City

Hamilton Canada Is a Wonderful City

Do Not believe all you Hear–HAMILTON IS BEAUTIFUL

18/11 2015

Move over I am sharing
Move over I am sharing

 

Hamilton: It’s happening here

Downy Male
Downy Male
FEMALE CARDINAL
FEMALE CARDINAL

Hamilton is a city full of culture, history and nature. Located in southern Ontario, less than an hour’s drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls, Hamilton is a perfect destination for a visit or detour. From its vibrant arts scene, to its rich heritage, to its incredible outdoor attractions, it’s happening here.

Downtown Hamilton
Downtown Hamilton

THE ARTS

Hamilton Harbour
Hamilton Harbour

Monthly art crawls along James Street North bring thousands of art-lovers downtown on the second Friday of every month to enjoy the arts district’s studios, galleries, restaurants and stores, all open late for this well-known event.

Green heron
Green heron

 

The beautiful  ART GALLERY HAMILTON and one of the country’s leading university art collections, McMaster Museum of Art are also in Hamilton. There are artistic areas in neighbourhoods across the city, with more and more artists and creative professionals moving to Hamilton.

 Green Heron
Green Heron

Food lovers will enjoy Hamilton’s diverse Restaurants including fine-dining, international food, farmers’ markets, craft breweries, locally roasted coffee and a popular food truck scene.

HERITAGE AND HISTORY

As one of the oldest cities in the province, Hamilton has a Fascinating Historical Heritage

Sunrise
Sunrise

To Preserve The Natural Wetlands, a Fishway was constructed to capture all the carp from getting into the sensitive Cootes Paradise, Here they sort weigh and return the Carp and Invasive fish back into Hamilton Harbour

This saves our Wonderful wetlands for nesting areas, fish habitat and Waterfowl  Deer and Nesting Bald Eagles that are creating other Bald Eagles, soon Cootes Paradise will be a Mecca of Beauty (It already is)

below is an image of the “FISHWAY–another tourist area–There is a tramway that goes around the bay, you can be let off anywhere and they will pick you up on each time they do a round trip, so FREE after every first time FEE–It holds over 20 people  and is fun, and a great HISTORY lesson, a worker uses a Microphone to explain all the sites and past.

RBG fishway
RBG fishway
Rbg Fish-way escapee
Rbg Fish-way escapee

STEWARDSHIP is a great way to PRESERVE what we have, I clean all areas that need it, but do most where the Fishermen leave a MESS yet, as long as we all pitch-in as a Community

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

It is easy to keep the beauty always just right, there are many people that work together and keep Mother Nature Smiling for the next people to enjoy, If you yourself, see garbage, pick it up, while you walk every 50 feet there are garbage cans, so please be part of the answer not Part of the Problem–Thanking you all in advance

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

contact me if you want to help worrall.doug@gmail.com or if you have questions about Hamilton, I an help you, or give you answers over the phone or give you the information to find the correct answers

I am more than Happy to help, also so are all the other Volunteers.

Doug Worrall

Doing my best
Doing my best

The city is full of beautiful architecture, incredible museums and many landmarks. Its 15 National Historic Sites include Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle April 2011
Dundurn Castle April 2011

, HMCS Haida, HMCS Haida

The Haidia
The Haidia

 

Power and water Museum
Power and water Museum

, Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology and the newly enhanced Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens.

below is an image of the “FISHWAY–another tourist area–There is a tramway that goes around the bay, you can be let off anywhere and they will pick you up on each time they do a round trip, so FREE after every first time FEE–It holds over 20 people  and is fun, and a great HISTORY lesson, a worker uses a Microphone to explain all the sites and past.

Tramway
Tramway

 

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum the country’s largest flying air museum, is also in Hamilton and features one of only two air-worthy LANCASTER bombers left in the world.

OUTDOOR and Adventure

Hamilton is located between the southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush landscape of the Niagara Escarpment

Fall COLOURS
Fall COLOURS
Niagara escarpment
Niagara escarpment
City Of Waterfalls
City Of Waterfalls
Websters Park area
Websters Park area

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The city offers easy access to conservation and recreation lands, a natural playground for cyclists, hikers, boaters and other outdoor adventure,s

Enjoy our Environment
Enjoy our Environment

More than 100 beautiful waterfalls are located near the escarpment’s wooded trails, just minutes from the city’s downtown core.

Mushroom Dreams
Mushroom Dreams
Beauty Abounds DW PHOTOGAPHY
Beauty Abounds
DW PHOTOGAPHY

Visitors can also enjoy waterfronts at the West Harbour and the Beachfront. Outdoor family attractions include

RBG and the Wild Waterworks

Swan Meet Sunrise
Swan Meet Sunrise

Thank you for Making Hamilton a Great Place to MOVE and a great place to VISIT

Sincerely

Doug Worrall

PHOTOGRAPHER

Doug Worrall

DW PHOTOGRAPHY