In spite of rainy weather about 20 hardy KFN members, including 5 children, showed at the Helen Quilliam Sanctuary on April 16th for the Annual Cleanup. It was decided to split into two groups and work on 2 of the shorter trails, some members will come back on a sunnier day to work on longer trails. The crews headed out to pick fallen branches off the trail, trim little toe-grabbing sucker-sprouts, and saw through some of the larger debris. Trail markers were replaced where needed, and the Juniors filled trash bags with garbage picked up from the roadsides that was thrown there by careless motorists who don't share our respect of the environment. It is too early yet for buds to be breaking out, but the first springflowers were beginning to show their presence. Dutchman's breeches and hepaticas were scattered throughout the woodlands, and in defiance of the cold a few chorus frogs and peepers were calling. Having done a morning's work we all gathered back at the gravel pit, where Erwin and Sandra treated us to some welcome hot chocolate and coffee and a supply of cookies. The light rain was increasing to a more steady rain, so we didn't dawdle, we all got into our vehicles, cranked up the heat and headed home.
Photos and posting by R. Burke