MPFN Socially Distanced Walk With Friends Simcoe County Forest Martin’s Valley Tract Midland

29Nov2020

MPFN Socially Distanced Walk with Friends - Martin Tract, Simcoe Forests

From 10.00 am until 12.00 pm

At Simcoe County Forest Martin's Valley Tract Midland

Golf Link Rd & Wilson Rd

FREE

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Our Next MPFN Socially Distanced Walk With Friends

Simcoe County Forest Martin's Valley Tract Midland

Sunday Nov. 29, 2020 10 AM

Our next Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Socially Distanced Walk With Friends will be this Sunday Nov. 29, 2020 10 AM at Simcoe County Forest's Martin's Valley Tract.  
 
We know this is short notice, but looking at the weather for the next couple of weeks it seems like Nov. 29th will be our best bet for good weather.  The prediction is for a high of 8 degrees, mainly sunny with light winds.  After that we get a week of rain, snow and dropping temperatures followed by a cold windy weekend.  Sometimes you have to strike when the iron is hot - or at least not freezing!  Bob Codd says to think of it as a "Naturalist Flash Mob". 
 
To get to our meeting point go west on Golf Link Rd from Hwy 93.  When you get to Wilson Rd. turn right into the forest.  Apparently old timers in the area call this intersection Howes Corners.  A short drive will take you to a gate blocking the entrance to the forest.  There is a small parking lot.  The area is popular with mountain bikers.  If the parking lot is full, park along the side of the road, leaving clearance for traffic down the centre.  
 
We'll aim for about a 2 hour walk.  No washrooms on site so go before you come. 
 
We will have our new MPFN toques available at this walk.  Same price as our ball caps, 1 toque $20, 2 toques for $30.  Colours - Navy and Black, one size fits all.   We still have some ball caps available for sale as well.  Same price as the toques.  And we will bring along some of our Magic Wye Bean Soup mix - 1 bag for $3, 2 bags for $5.  Please try to bring exact change if you'd like to make a purchase. 
 
There are a couple of new safety measures in effect at this outing as we try to keep our walks safe for all members.  Someone will be recording attendance, making sure that we have contact info for all participants, just in case any contact tracing needs to be done.  Be sure that you check in with this person. 
 
Also, though it is not absolutely required that masks be worn outdoors as long as social distancing is observed, we'd ask that all participants carry a mask with them.  That way if you find yourself in a situation where social distancing is difficult (trying to see that rare bug or wildflower!) you can put your mask on until you're able to get the requisite 6 feet away.  You may want to carry some hand sanitizer with you as well.  
 
We ask participants in these outings to practice social distancing (stay approximately one Trumpeter Swan's wingspan apart), wear masks if you like but not required outdoors as long as you practice social distancing, and do not take part if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.  We realize that many of our members are in the high-risk age group so we understand if some members may decide to give these opportunities a pass.  But we feel a socially distanced walk in the outdoors is a fairly low risk activity.  We are not expecting large groups but if we have a surprising turn out we can always split up into smaller groups.  
 
We ask you to look on these walks, not as official club outings, but rather low key get-togethers of friends to enjoy nature together.