Notes From Junior Naturalists Event On April 13th

Thanks to everyone who joined at James Gardens, for a beautiful hike south through Lambton Woods and across the Humber River swollen with spring run-off. It was warm enough for the Eastern Plasterer Bee to be out foraging on snowdrops and catkins, and swarming around their nest holes in the sandy Hydro cut. We saw several other insects–butterfly, drone fly and woolly bear. There were many Skunk cabbages pushing up through the marshy ground, and Trout lilies coming up through the bright green mosses.

Thanks to Monica for a mini-history of the Humber, and leading us in a food chains game. Anne passed around mosses and helped us see some distinguishing characteristics.

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Toronto Field Naturalists wishes to acknowledge this Land through which we walk. For thousands of years, the Land has been shared by the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe. Toronto is situated on the Land within the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, the traditional and treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is also part of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, a covenant agreement between Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat peoples and allied nations to peaceably share the land and all its resources. Today, the Land is home to peoples of numerous nations. We are all grateful to have the opportunity to continue to care for and share the beauty of this Land.