Spring Walks 2022

SPRING QUOTES

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

“Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. (Sonnet XCVIII)”
― William Shakespeare

Apple (Malus)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Canada Geese

The TDSB is offering weekly walks from March 26 through to June 13. Times are:

Monday at 10

Tuesday at 10 and 1

Wednesday at 10

Thursday at 10

Friday at 10

Saturday at 8 and 11:30

There is the chance of seeing interesting creatures:

Yellow Warbler (female)
White-tailed Deer
Peregrine Falcon

Here is a typical spring bird list from Marie Curtis Park:

Species list: double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, killdeer, spotted sandpiper, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, chimney swift, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, willow flycatcher, eastern kingbird, barn swallow, tree swallow, cliff swallow, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, northern mockingbird, gray catbird, American robin, veery, blue-gray gnatcatcher,  ruby-crowned kinglet, European starling, warbling vireo, black and white warbler, Nashville warbler, northern parula warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, yellow warbler, blackburnian warbler, common yellowthroat, ovenbird, American redstart, northern waterthrush, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, Baltimore oriole, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, savannah sparrow, song sparrow.  (48 species)

Scarborough Bluffs
Marie Curtis Park
Sunnybrook Park

If you are interested in learning to identify wildflowers, trees and shrubs, spring is a good time to do it.

Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
European Pussy Willow (Salix caprea)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

Spring features the maximum amount of bird song.

Song Sparrow
Wilson’s Warbler, female
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Carolina Wren

Some groups from previous springs:

Registration begins on Wednesday, February 23 at 8:30 am at

learn4life.ca / discover the outdoors

NATURE POETRY

There is no time like Spring,
When life’s alive in everything,
Before new nestlings sing,
Before cleft swallows speed their journey back
Along the trackless track – Christina Rossetti

Miles Hearn

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