Charles Sauriol Conservation Area: June 2020

As cars whiz by Lawrence Ave. on the Don Valley Parkway, I doubt that many drivers realize what a lovely natural area; stream, ponds, field and forest lies just below them.

graffiti in tunnel

The only drawback here is the constant nearby roar of traffic.

Some birds:

Gray Catbird
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Barn Swallow (juvenile)
Mallard and chicks
Tree Swallow (juvenile)

Some botany:

Staghorn Sumac male cone
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
White Avens (Geum canadense)
Narrow-leaved Cat-tail (Typha angustifolia)
Water-parsnip (Sium suave)
Elderberry (Sambucus)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus ororatus)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus ororatus)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Path Rush
Yellow Sweet-clover (Melilotus officinalis)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Apple (malus)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Wild Rose with bee
Blackberry (Rubus)
Blackberry (Rubus)
Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Fox Sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
White Cockle (Silene latifolia)


The glassy pear tree leaves and blooms,
they brush the descending blue;
that blue is all in a rush with richness;
the racing lambs too have fair their fling.   – Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)

Miles Hearn

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