Discover the Rugged Rocks, May 6

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  • Start date:
    May 6, 2018, 10:00 am
  • End date:
    May 6, 2018, 2:00 pm
  • Venue:
    Blueberry Mountain
  • Place:
    502 Hills of Peace Rd., Flower Station

Have you ever wondered what a billion year old rock looks like?  It might surprise you that when driving through the rugged regions of Lanark and Renfrew Counties the rocks you see along the roadside are all about this age, give or take a few hundred million years.

The annual spring walk to the top of Blueberry Mountain at the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust’s cliffLAND property on May 6 this year will include a side trip down the Porcupine Trail to view some of these ancient rocks.  Last year we set up over a black fine-grained metamorphosed volcanic flow.  This year Bob Betcher, MMLT’s resident hydrogeologist/geologist, will show us some marble, once limestone in a shallow sea but subsequently uplifted and altered by heat and pressure.  The type of marble at cliffLAND is slightly soluble in acidic precipitation and over time has developed Karst dissolution features such as caves and sinkholes which can form important habitat for bats, snakes and other creatures.

We invite you to join us on May 6 for a fascinating look to the distant past on your trek to the top of Blueberry Mountain.  Registration for the hike to the lookout, including the geology tour, is at 10:00 a.m.  A donation of $10 per person is requested and children 12 and under are free.  Children under 12 will be awarded certificates for making the climb to the lookout.  Refreshments will be served after the walk.

This event is the second in our new Discover the Wild series.   Some of the other events have limited registration, but you can buy your ticket now to save your spot.

May 26:  Discover the Wonder of Warblers
June 23:  Discover Dragonflies & Butterflies
Oct. 6:  Discover the Fun in Fungi

Blueberry Mountain is located at 502 Hills of Peace Rd. near Flower Station in Lanark Highlands.  Drive north of Lanark on Highway 511 to Brightside.  Turn left on to the French Line Rd.  Drive towards Flower Station and watch for the right turn when you get to Joe’s Lake. Just before you reach Flower Station, turn right on to Hills of Peace Rd.  A map is available below.  For more information, please contact Howard or Jean Clifford at 613-259-3412.