Jim Baillie Nature Reserve / early July 2018 / Blue Trail

The Jim Baillie Nature Reserve is located about one hour’s drive north east of Toronto, just north of Leaskdale. It was purchased in two stages, 1970 and 1973, by the Toronto Field Naturalists.
Jim Baillie was a former president of the club, a popular leader of bird walks and Assistant Curator of Ornithology at the Royal Ontario Museum.
A large part of the Nature Preserve consist of a red maple swamp. Red maple swamps are one  of the most abundant freshwater wetland types in north eastern North America and Red Maple is the dominant tree species.
The site is maintained by volunteers from the Toronto Field Naturalist and three marked trails are available for hiking.
The photos for this photo essay were taken on the Blue Trail.

Ground-hemlock (Taxus canadensis)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

Soft-leaved Sedge (Carex disperma)

White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Dwarf Raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

Bulblet Fern

Mountain Maple (Acer spicata)

Fox Sedge

Orange Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)


Marginal Fern

Pyrola (Pyrola elliptica)

Peduncled Sedge

Canada mayflower (Maienthemum canadensis)

Grass with fungus

Miles Hearn


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