feeding black-capped chickadees

Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus The black-capped chickadee is a nonmigratory bird found in Canada and the United States. This species can be found in woodlots, urban neighbourhoods, and parks. Evident from the attached photos, this species has white cheeks and underside with a black bill and of course, a black cap. The back and wings…

how do your daily choices impact your world?

I work at an outdoor education centre and out main theme and question for the students that come to visit is this: how do your daily choices impact your world? Over the course of the visiting students trip to our centre we teach many lessons and cover various sustainability topics. All of which, the goal…

vegan friendly beavertails

It is not often that my coworkers and I get to have a night off at the same time, but when we do: we make an evening out of it. Last week, Olivia, Sam and I, left the island and went to Beaver Tails at the harbourfront. The staff were very knowledgeable on veganism and…

you can make a difference

It’s true. The small changes you make in your daily life can have a big impact on the world around you. From your family and friends following your lead, to businesses taking the next step, to the people you come across every day in your life being inspired by your conscious actions to make changes…

Ecological Restoration in Duntroon, Ontario

Over the past academic term (May 2017 – August 2017), I was a part of a team of individuals working on an ecological restoration project in Duntroon, Ontario. Duntroon is approximately 12km south of Collingwood, Ontario and 60km north of Orangeville, Ontario. The goal of the project is to find out if moving soil from…

Island Exploration

Being new to Toronto Island calls for some exploration in my free time. This week, I took Wednesday evening off and went for a long bike ride from Hanlans Point to Wards Island.   The island is very different from everywhere else I have ever visited. The island’s gardens are perfectly manicured at all times,…

Mono Cliffs Outdoor Education Centre Visit

My first week working for the Toronto District School Board included a day full of training with the other interns and Outdoor Education staff at the Mono Cliffs location. On Monday night we drove up to the centre where we stayed overnight in the student dorms. Luckily for me, my good friend Alex was one…

Roadside Wildflower Identification

All of these plants were found on a roadside in North Pickering on September 1st/2017. Newcomb’s Wildflower guide was used for all of the identifications. A sample of the Solidago species was collected for a positive identification with Michigan Flora.

August 2017

One of the main components of being enrolled in a coop program in university is the small amount of time off between terms and jobs. Each year, I have approximately seven weeks of the year off. At least two weeks in Winter, a week between Winter and Summer terms, and up to five weeks covering…

Dense Blazing Star, Liatris spicata

Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) The Dense Blazing Star is one of the thousands of species in the Asteraceae family, and is one of the twenty-seven species in the Liatris genus. This wildflower can be found in moist soils and has many suitable habitats including: fens, wet prairies, swamps, roadsides, fields, and marshy meadows. The…

July Wildflower Identification

Here are some of my identifications from the month of July thus far. All of these plants were picked by one of my professors from Waterloo Park and the University of Waterloo campus. These plants were all for identification practice for the upcoming ENVS 474 practical exam. Newcomb’c Wildflower guide was used for all of…

Tree Planting

Last month, my ecology class went to the nature reserve on our campus to plant trees and collect data on past tree planting excursions done by past groups in this course. In the photo set above: The Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) my partner and I┬áplanted in the University of Waterloo’s Nature Reserve. In total, my…