By Aleta Karstad
What do skilled box naturalists notice after they discover the seriously populated Lake Ontario coastline as though they have been surveying a barren region for the 1st time? during this fantastically illustrated e-book, Aleta Karstad takes you on a trip of discovery alongside the path of the Lake Ontario Waterfront path. Listening for calling frogs in spring, turning stones, sampling coastline glide, picking out vegetation and animals, Karstad and her husband, herpetologist Frederick W. Schueler, find a wealth of normal lifestyles, occasionally in unforeseen locations. The excursion magazine, illustrated by means of Aleta Karstad's stylish drawings and gentle watercolours, takes up the place well known box courses go away off. it's a consultant and thought for readers to discover their very own sector with clean eyes, with a call for participation to help in tracking animal groups.
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Extra resources for A Place to Walk: A Naturalist's Journal of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
We round the point to find a group of RBG biologists watching a Deer browsing Red Raspberries on a brushy slope. They have just completed this season's banding of young Bank Swallows. I sit at the end of the RBGs plastic water-filled dam that stretches away like a huge black leech, to sketch the Bank Swallow colony. We are told there are about 80 parent birds and close to 120 juveniles. With soft cheering and snipped cheeping chirrs they circle and swarm like bees about a hive, weaving an aerial net of defence and celebration of the new-fledged young.
He saw a few big olive crayfish, many Etheostoma Darters that appeared to be tending nests, and Zebra Mussels bound to the undersides of stones by tough elastic byssus threads, but no snails or other molluscs. A track runs up from the shore through woods of White Pine to a lawn where he was pleased to see White Clover and tiny yellow Black Medic in flower, indicating restraint in the use of herbicides. Out on the road again, Fred rolled downhill through Oak woods to the limits of LaSalle Park, and to Window-on-the-Bay Park, where he found a good view of the Hamilton steel plants.
The lakeshore here seems exhausted and out of balance, far from the refreshing influence of meadows and marshes. Waterfront regeneration is a big task, but we hope it has already begun. Before returning to camp, Fred rolled out onto the fill-built peninsula of Humber East Park, where he noted three flour bags in the garbage baskets at a traditional Goose-feeding site, as if the man he saw at Prince of Wales Park runs a regular bread route. Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke, 2 August While Fred is away at home, Jennie, Lee Ann and I drive to Colonel Samuel Smith Park for a late afternoon visit.
A Place to Walk: A Naturalist's Journal of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail by Aleta Karstad