“Skunk’s Misery” consists of forest, grassland, wetland and watercourses. It straddles three counties and links to the Thames River. The woodlands play a significant role in protecting the air, soil and water. Skunk’s Misery is one of the few places in Canada where you can find a mix of Carolinian trees, such as Chestnut, Sassafras, Tulip Tree and Flowering Dogwood, typical of more southern climates. In the woodland and along the roadsides, is one of the country’s most diverse butterfly populations. The site has Canada’s largest colony of endangered Acadian Flycatcher along with many other rare species such as Black Rat Snakes and Cerulean Warblers.  The stories about Orville Shaw, the hermit of Skunk’s Misery, need to be written down.
Excerpt from Nov 28th Inventory
 News release from Middlesex County and Carolinian Canada, Re: Unveiling of Skunk’s Misery Plaque. July 5, 2005.