In springtime this is a good spot to look for early bloomers such as trilliums (Ontario’s provincial flower), bloodroot, hepatica, trout lilies, coltsfoot, violets, spring beauties and, in boggy areas, marsh marigolds.
For an excellent photo gallery of common Ontario wildflowers, go to: http://www.wildflowersofontario.ca/
Mushrooms & Fungi
Starkey’s woods are also full of seasonal mushrooms and other fungi that sprout on trees and logs, grow on the forest floor, and hide among fallen leaves. Caution: don’t pick or eat. Many mushrooms are poisonous, some deadly. (All mushroom and fungi photos courtesy of Tim Myles).
Even in winter, when the ground is snow-covered, Starkey has secrets to reveal. Look for the tracks of rabbits, mice, raccoons, squirrels, deer and other forest inhabitants. How many can you spot?
For help in identifying who made what, go to: http://www.ontariowildflower.com/wildlife_tracks.htm
The Starkey Hill Interpretive Trail is jointly managed by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club and the Grand River Conservation Authority