In January, WorkCabin founder, conservation filmmaker and pro photographer Gregg McLachlan trekked into a 900-acre old growth forest in southwestern Ontario on a winter photo assignment for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The assignment involved hiking through fresh deep snow to reach the interior of the forest to capture scenes of winter landscapes.
“Our old growth forests are such extra special places in winter,” says McLachlan. “From the rat-tat-tat hammering of pileated woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers echoing downward from the treetops high above, to animals tracks criss-crossing the forest floor, there are stories to be heard and seen everywhere in winter in the deep woods.”
In conservation circles, Backus Woods is a well known as spectacular gem in the heart of Carolinian Canada. The Carolinian life zone is one of Canada’s smallest ecoregions. Comprising less than one per cent of Canada’s land mass, Carolinian Canada is home to 25 per cent of Canada’s population, and provides habitat for nearly 25 per cent of the country’s endangered species.
Backus Woods allows users to experience older-growth Carolinian forest and witness a variety of unique Carolinian species, including prothonotary and cerulean warbler, tulip-tree and black gum. An impressive, marked trail system features trails ranging in length from 2.8 to 6.5 kilometres.