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A walk through Mandaumin Woods in autumn is a bonanza of brilliant colours! Depending on when you visit the trail many different ferns and fungi can be seen; during the Mandaumin Woods bioblitz 11 different species of fungi were found (Polyporus alveolaris, Stereum ostrea, Hygrocybe punicea, Polyporus squamosus, Scutellinia scutellata, Crepidotus mollis, Pleurotus ostreatus, Hygrocybe nitida, Fuligo septica, Marasmius rotula, Panus conchatus).mandaumin-woods-oct-2015-24_compressed

The Christmas fern is particularly beautiful amongst the fall leaves and will still be green throughout the Christmas season – even peaking green through the white snow!  The Christmas fern forms a dense covering over the soil and grows commonly in groups of two to three individual plants or in large colonies.  It also provides a protective habitat for many native ground-feeding and ground-nesting bird species.mandaumin-woods-oct-2015-37_compressedmandaumin-woods-oct-2015-27_compressed

The rustling of the leaves as you walk the trail is sure to bring a smile to your face. The squirrels are also a pleasure to watch as they are particularly busy this time of year stocking up for the winter ahead.  Come out and enjoy the fall colours at Mandaumin Woods!mandaumin-woods-oct-2015-35_compressed

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Mark & Roberta Buchanan

Roberta and Mark Buchanan are nature enthusiasts who are always eager to share their outdoor experiences with others. Roberta is a retired educator with a passion for birding, and Mark is a retired engineer who enjoys photography.

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    Tricia McLellan-Dath

    I love seeing the green of some ferns poking out through the snow in the winter!

    • 9:31 am - December 15, 2016

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    Michael Kent

    Great post Mark & Roberta! Ferns are always a group I keep saying should learn sp(m)ore about.

    • 7:40 pm - December 8, 2016

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