You are invited to join the Field Trip, Sunday October 25th 1:30 pm “In Search Of “Phrag”
Explore the St. Chrysostome shoreline in search of PEI‘s tallest and most majestic grass, the Common Reed (Phragmites australis). Reportedly used by birds and humans ( arrow shafts, roofing thatch), most Prince Edward Island stands are in the west with the easternmost being in the upper Mount Stewart marsh. “Phrag” comes in two varieties, a red-stemmed native and a yellow-stemmed ”foreign Phrag” imported from Europe, which is proving to be invasive in many North American jurisdictions. Description : Meet near Higgin’s Wharf on the Higgins Wharf road, and walk 3.0 kilometers roundtrip along the shoreline where the various plants of a disturbed coastline will be identified, including Phragmites. Poplar should be a glorious ochre. Tide will be low, but waterproof footwear may be best. Directions: From Rte 2 from Richmond or Springhill, turn west on Rte 128 (Harmony Line Rd), then North onto Rte 11, Higgins Rd, until you meet your guide near Higgin’s wharf.
Field Trip Leader: Rosemary Curley.