TFN Juniors Spring 2021 Nature Class #5

Hi Folks,

Great to see you all at the TFN Juniors’ Nature Class today. Thanks to everyone for sharing your nature adventures with us and contributing photos, art and information to the Slideshow. In our dramatic reading, you were all awesome as the Fawn, the Doe, the Buck and the Wolf. And you picked up enough info to get 5/5 in the Quiz!!

We really appreciated Amara sharing a dance video she made this year.  This is what she said about it:

I had the idea of making this video in March 2021. I was thinking what could I make for people not to think they’re alone in this. I started to put dance steps together to match all the feelings I had from happiness to sadness to hopefulness in the year 2020 and the present.I decided to use this beautiful piece of music my father composed a few years ago. My mother helped me with the filming and some ideas of movement to do. The music and scenery represent the different emotions. For example, in the beginning of the video the rain represents the sadness when COVID was just starting. If you listen closely, the music has a sense of longing and despair.This experience was a good way to express myself without words, just movement. I would like to keep creating more videos like this to help more people.

Today we learned about the life of a fawn. We reflected on the crucial role of the mother in its survival, in anticipation of Mothers’ Day coming up in a few days. Here is the text of our script if anyone wants to re-read it. Below is a very beautiful video of the famous musical piece, by Claude Debussy, ‘Afternoon of a Faun’.

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.