we visited the Black Bay Peninsula near Nipigon. Our access point was via the Everard Road, which runs south from Hwy 17-11 (Trans-Canada) just west of Nipigon.
We returned today, following reports of abundant snow in the Nipigon area. There was lots snow but the semi-frozen state of the underlying peatlands discouraged us from putting on our skis. Instead, we tramped through knee-deep snow in our winter boots which regularly punched through the crust into muddy water. Despite the tough slogging, we had a great time.
A highlight was one (or were there three?) Northern Hawk Owl we saw a widely separated points along our hike. Overhead, a light morph Rough-legged Hawk hovered in search of rodent prey. We heard two Sharp-trailed Grouse calling although we were unable to locate them in the dense spruce-cedar-birch stands.
We look forward to returning with snowshoes to explore a larger portion of the wetland.
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Profile of the Everard Fen from the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists.