TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #4

Thanks to everyone who contributed photos, and artwork or joined us at our fourth Nature class of Spring 2021. We shared in each others’ sightings of early spring migrants–the Killdeer, a White-throated sparrow and a Hermit Thrush. We also saw Great Blue Herons out at Kortright, sitting on their nests, and switching off with their mate for the incubation. A strange sight were ants somehow making use of a Giant Puffball. We were thrilled to see pictures of Amara picking up garbage and putting up signs asking people to re-cycle.

The second part of our program today was Sandra Iskandar guiding us through some introductory nature journaling activities. We did quick sketches of beautiful Pussy Willow catkins from different angles. Sandra explained that this is a good skill for drawing in the field. You can also add notes and observations. Please see Sandra’s slideshow below to finish your sketches or to start a nature journal page from scratch.

Please send in your spring sightings this week and join us in dramatizing the life of a fawn!!

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.