What a lovely day for a nature walk. My cousin Wanda and I met up with Miles Hearn and our group at the James Gardens parking lot for a walk along the Humber River and in Lambton Woods. As we crossed the bridge over the… Read More
Today’s nature walk with Miles Hearn took place at Humber Bay East. This is the park just south from Parklawn, on the west side of Toronto. The entire park exists on landfill which has only been there since 1984. It’s a wonderful place to look… Read More
Miles Hearn’s spring nature walks started this week. I’m going on the Wednesday walks and today our group met up at Marie Curtis Park, just down the road from here. It looked like it was going to be a nice day, but that changed quickly.… Read More
Today’s winter nature walk with Miles Hearn took place at Humber Bay, one of my fave locations. Temperatures were moderate, wind wasn’t bad, and it was simply beautiful out there. The ice formations were fantastic. I snapped a number of pictures of winter ducks, some… Read More
I bailed on the Wednesday nature walk to Scarborough Bluffs, concerned for safety driving with the ice pellets and freezing rain – but decided to join the Friday group today at Lambton Woods on the Humber River instead. It was a cold and windy morning,… Read More
What a cold morning for a nature walk! Today I met up with Miles Hearn and our weekly nature walk group just down the street at Colonel Sam Smith Park. I bundled up well, with long johns, thermal socks, my old postal dock liner, a… Read More
I woke up this morning hearing freezing rain warnings on the radio. I was not too happy about that since today’s winter nature walk with Miles Hearn was happening at 10:00 AM at Ashbridges Bay across the other side of Toronto. The good news was… Read More
Naturalist Miles Hearn was leading a walk this morning just down the street at Sam Smith Park. It’s not my usual day (I’m on the Wednesday schedule), but since it was so close, I decided to tag along. Winter is starting to really set in… Read More
I’ve been going on Miles Hearn’s nature walks (through the Toronto District School Board) since early spring of 2018. Today is the first of a series of winter walks. I’m excited about this since after these walks I’ll have experiences the various GTA locations through… Read More
I was reflecting this evening on how much I’ve learned about the natural world around me here in the Toronto area, during 3 seasons of nature walks with Miles Hearn. We started in April with the spring session, did 4 July summer walks, then a full slate of fall walks. We visited three spots close to home – Sam Smith Park, just down the street, Marie Curtis Park, and Humber Bay. We explored the top and bottom of the Scarborough Bluffs, and visited our urban national Park, Rouge National Urban Park. We walked two connected parks, Wilket Creek and Sunnybrook, visited Crother’s Woods in the Don Valley, and Cedarvale Park uptown.
We’ve observed plants in early, mid and late season, and saw both migrating and resident birds. I’m happy to have helped out with some mushroom identification, with the assistance of my brother. Miles has given us so much information on everything from bird calls to buds, it’s hard to take it all in. I don’t remember everything, but now when I walk on my own I realize just how much I’ve learned.
Next week I’m going to go on my first nature walk with the Toronto Field Naturalists group. The have an extensive schedule of walks, all of which are included in the modest cost of membership. Then in January, Miles is doing 7 winter walks, which I’ve also signed up for.
I took a lot of pictures on these walks, and in spite of not being outfitted with fancy equipment, I snapped what I consider some pretty good pictures. I took advantage of a “Black Friday” sale and ordered a new camera, a significant upgrade from the one I’ve been using. It’s a mirrorless bridge camera with a 1″ sensor and a zoom equivalent to 400mm. Hopefully it will be in next week.
Here are some highlights of 3 seasons of walks in pictures.