Nicolet Parc Écologique de L’Anse du Port: August 2021

This park, located just south of Trois-Rivières Québec, features a long elevated boardwalk which leads to a wild St. Lawrence River beach.



I will identify it at the end of the post.

Towards the river, there were many Bumblebee-like insects appearing to rub themselves on the deck railings.

A naturalist told me that they are “bourdons” who are covered in some sort of sap from the “Tilleul argenté” tree. They are trying to scrape it off. Tilleul in English is Silver Linden. Linden is not a native tree and the Bumblebees have not learned how to deal with the sap.

Some botany:

Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa crusgalli)
Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)
Three Square Sedge
Three Square Sedge
Creeping Yellow Cress (Rorippa sylvestris)
Creeping Yellow Cress (Rorippa sylvestris)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Crack Willow (Salix fragilis)
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Beggar-ticks (Bidens frondosa)
Flat-topped Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Water Smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)
Water Smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)


“Puce” means flea and it is part of the French word for Poison Ivy.

Beware the Poison Ivy


How many songs, O summer wind,
How many songs you know
Of fair, sweet things in your wanderings,
As over the earth you go.                                 Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928) 

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Nicolet Parc Écologique de L’Anse du Port: August 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Those poor bees!
    Yes, I guessed that a warning sign would be likely to refer to Poison Ivy, even if I didn’t understand the French!
    What a beautiful place. Thanks, Miles!


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