A Look at the CNE from a Naturalist’s Point of View

I love the Canadian National Exhibition and have never missed a year of visiting it. In my teens and early 20’s I was frequently working as a musician here.

There is, of course, a considerable amount of concrete but there are also many more natural settings.

Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
Birch (Betula)
Linden (Tilia cordata)

Native Americans had their food trio of corn, beans and squash. The CNE has a trio of Hibiscus, Begonia and Sweet Potato Vine.

Monarchs at Butterfly Bush
Monarch at Butterfly Bush
House Sparrow (female)
Hairy Galinsoga (Galinsoga quadriradiata)
Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Scadding Cabin
Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora)
Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Norway Maple leaf with mildew
Burdock (Arctium minus)
Green Foxtail (Setaria vridis)
moulting male Mallard
Beggar-ticks (Bidens frondosa)
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Apple (Malus)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)

Miles Hearn

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