Field Trip Finds
A friend and I spent most of May 14 in the Fredericton area and in Maugerville and Sheffield looking for nature's spring abundance. Pictured above is a welcome spring bird, the Killdeer. It is a bird that says its own name and is a very welcome sound in spring. It likes gravelly areas and is often seen close to roadsides. It nests on gravelly areas and this bird was doing its broken-wing display to try to distract us from the area, probably indicating its nest was nearby.
|Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis|
|Round-lobed Hepatica Anemone americana|
The Round-lobed Hepatica (also called Round-leaved Hepatica) is very rare in the province and is found in dry hardwood stands often on slopes. It has been found in the lower St. John River valley, in one site along the Bay of Chaleur and in one area alone the St. Croix River. We were lucky to find both white and blue specimens in full bloom. The leaf is 3-lobed like the anatomy of a liver, hence the name. The leaf is a dark greenish purple colour.
Spring is an exciting time!