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3 Berries

There are still quite a few berries around. Here are 3 we came across on today’s nature walk with naturalist Miles Hearn, at Ashbridges Bay on the east side Toronto. These beautiful orange berries are Sea Buckthorn. They are edible and some people use them… Read More

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Sow Thistle

I’m used to seeing field sow thistles as summer wildflowers. They grow tall and spindly and look kind of like dandelions on steroids. I wasn’t sure what this was when I saw it – low to the ground, with gorgeous magenta foliage. Fortunately, we were on one of Miles Hearn’s excellent nature walks, and Miles assured me this was a sow thistle.

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Wood Duck

In High Park, the wood ducks are used to people and many times you can see them close up. When I was there mid-week with Miles Hearn’s nature walk group, there was also a group of noisy kids around this little pond, though (they were… Read More

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Slime Moulds

Those tan colour blobs are slime mould. These fascinating single-celled organisms used to be classed as fungi but now are no longer considered to be part of the fungal kingdom. George Barron characterized them as “a slimy mass of protoplasm called a plasmodium. Most of… Read More