08 Mar “NATURE OF THE GAME”
“THE NATURE OF THE GAME”
One of my favorite green spaces in the Kawarthas just happens to be my preferred golf course, Western Trent, just north of Bolsover.
I love walking the fairways early in the morning; ok ok, you’ve seen my game, yes, I enjoy hiking in the fescue. Nevertheless, during each stroll, I manage to see new birdlife, like the Pileated Woodpecker digging for tastey grubs on a Black Locust Tree, or an unusual and colourful Carolinian Warbler with a delightful song, hunting for plump caterpillars on a fragrant, Wild-apple Tree. Or if I’m done looking for my ball by the pond on #7, I may spot a Great Blue Heron, fishing for green frogs (see below).
Often, on purpose, of course, I hit my approach shot into the green-side, forested glades, just to see some wildflowers, like the Bottle Gentian or Viper’s Bugloss (see below). Or even just to check on the progress of Morels and other edible fungal treats…”oh there’s my ball!”
Being an entomologist, and often being ‘in’ the ponds or ‘in’ the Trent Canal, I find Western Trent is an excellent location for spotting rare moths and butterflies, as well as magnificent riparian species of dragonflies and dobsonflies.
Even playing Glow-in-the-Dark Golf, nature is all around us, represented in bats overhead eating mosquitoes, nearby owl hoots and coyote calls and the ubiquitous, twinkling fireflies. Actually they’re beetles with the lovely Latin family name of Lampiridae.
I am blessed to be able to enjoy two of my passions at Western Trent, golf and nature…and to be good at one of them, at least.
By Paul D. Bell,
Naturalist and (Golfer?).