Hello Junior Naturalists!
This week’s theme is meadows! A meadow is an open area that is dominated by herbaceous plants like grasses and wildflowers. Meadow habitats provide shelter, water and food to many animals, including birds, bees and butterflies. Meadows also help us by absorbing water during floods and reducing erosion.
Meadows are hard to maintain in cities because they require disturbances such as fire, drought, soil scarification, grazing or mowing. Without disturbance, trees will eventually take over and the habitat will transition to woodland. That said, there are several beautiful meadows to be found in Toronto, including The Meadoway! https://themeadoway.ca/
Thanks to those who sent in contributions last week! Amara and Pamela found a green frog (Lithobates clamitans) with lots of spots, and Marina sent in a cool picture of a yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia).
Identifying wildlife in Toronto can be tricky, but there are some great resources out there. Here are some of my favourites:
Amphibians and reptiles: http://www.torontozoo.com/adoptapond/speciesguides
Please send in more nature photos, drawings and observations this week. Try to get out to a meadow and let us know what you find!
Have a great week! 🙂