Jack Henshaw Award and a Fox Sparrow: Nov. 15, 2022

I was surprised recently to hear that I have been awarded the Jack Henshaw Award “for significant contribution to Learn4Life and the greater community”.

The presentation was done in falling snow before this morning’s walk at Marie Curtis Park.

The morning group saw three Fox Sparrows. These birds breed chiefly in the dryer parts of the Hudson Bay Lowlands and most go to the southern United States or northern Mexico to winter.

Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

Other birds:

Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gull
Red-breasted Merganser
American Black Duck (male)
Canada Goose
Mallard hybrid

Some botany:

Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea) also called Burning Bush
Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Marie Curtis Park scenes:

1910 sound baffle

10am group:

1pm group:


Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.   – Emily Jane Brontë (1818–48)

Miles Hearn

31 thoughts on “Jack Henshaw Award and a Fox Sparrow: Nov. 15, 2022

  1. Elizabeth

    Echoing the many others who will wake to this lovely news!
    So deserved!
    My only surprise is that you hadn’t already won it…

  2. Anne Prendergast

    Congratulations! You’re the best Miles. I hope to join you again in the spring. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

  3. Catherine Gautry

    Congratulations, Miles! If one person deserves it, it’s you:-) Nice to see you on the picture for once… Thank you for your wonderful posts which I delight in every morning.

  4. Patricia Fischer

    We all know how knowledgable you are and how generously you share your patience with each of us.
    Congratulations I’m truly honoured to have been on your walks with such a inspirational naturalist.

  5. Helen Kennedy

    So well-deserved Miles!! Even though I haven’t been able to attend lately, I look forward to each and every post and transport myself to your walks. You truly are the maestro rod nature.

  6. Susan Richardson

    Congratulations Miles – the recognition is so well placed. I learned so much from your TDSB group some years ago and continue to read your blog daily which has helped me immeasurably learn to identify (and remember) the birds and the plants in our neighbourhoods. BRAVO Miles.

  7. Gina and Olav

    Congratulations Miles!
    We can just imagine how many of us can recognize bird calls, identify birds by appearance and appreciate the seasonal changes affecting their appearance. Also we always enjoy becoming familiar with our beautiful trees and plants.
    You have been an amazing in opening our eyes to what’s around us.
    Your accolade is well deserved.
    Best of luck in your continued pursuit of sharing your love and expertise,
    Gina and Olav

  8. Karen Atkin

    Congratulations Miles. This recognition is well earned. You are amazing and you make the walks wonderful and knowledge filled regardless of the weather. Today’s photo perfectly captures your dedication and the enthusiasm of your students. Well done!!!!

  9. Susan Berry

    Congratulations, Miles! Well deserved recognition. Your walks and blog have contributed greatly to our knowledge and enjoyment of nature. Well done!

  10. Gloria James

    Miles, Congratulations on your award. It’s certainly well deserved. You are a dedicated, enthusiastic teacher. It’s great that you share your knowledge of birds and plants do we can all participate during the nature walks.

  11. Roberta Benson

    Congratulations Miles! You’re an incredibly patient teacher and so generous in sharing your vast store of knowledge. The way you are always learning something new is inspiring .You really deserve this!

  12. Judy-Ann Cazemier

    I agree with everyone’s comments. Congratulations. Thank you for leading the nature walks, taking great photographs, posting the information, educating us and doing so in a friendly, informative manner.

  13. Leah

    Congratulations Miles! You are so deserving of this award. Your walks have been an inspiration and sparked the greatest hobbies, birding and photography!

  14. Marilyn Bunker

    Congratulations! Well deserved and certainly earned. Your contribution to the learning and environment appreciation for Toronto citizens is invaluable.
    Many thanks,


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