This week's virtual tour brings us to our Stobie Creek Preserve. This is an 85-acre property located just east of Desbarats where the Stobie Creek flows into the Portlock Harbour. Most of the property is forested with a pretty typical mixed of hardwood and softwood, much like most of the forests in our area here. The wetland portions are known as the Stobie Creek Wetland and is designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland, much like the Kensington Complex, which I've mentioned in numerous virtual tours. This designation gives the wetland extra protection from development or any other kind of negative site alteration.
I started my hike at the north end of the property from Bear Road and bushwhacked my way south. There were a lot of large trees that had fallen over the past few years from windstorms that I either had to climb over or find a way around. One fallen tree was so big that it created quite the large opening in the canopy after it fell, as you can see in the photo to the left. It'll be interesting to visit this location over the next few years and see if any new plants species take advantage of the abundance of sunlight that now shines here.
As I was standing there, I caught some movement in the water out of the corner of my eye. It was a fish in the water! I managed some photos and it turned out to be a Pumpkinseed, a common fish species to find in a wetland like this.
Thanks again for taking the time to read my virtual tour! If you've missed any past editions, they can be found here.