A Place to Walk: A Naturalist's Journal of the Lake Ontario by Aleta Karstad

By Aleta Karstad

What do skilled box naturalists realize once they discover the seriously populated Lake Ontario coastline as though they have been surveying a desert 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 waft, deciding upon crops and animals, Karstad and her husband, herpetologist Frederick W. Schueler, find a wealth of typical lifestyles, occasionally in unforeseen locations. The excursion magazine, illustrated through Aleta Karstad's based drawings and mild watercolours, takes up the place well known box publications depart off. it's a advisor and suggestion for readers to discover their very own quarter with clean eyes, with a call for participation to aid in tracking animal groups.

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5-m-wide bar of large rounded stones. In the outermost edge of the marsh, there were many minnows and four large Carp trying to nose a way into the lake. A dozen old Hemlocks shade a winding creek in its rocky bed. The steep banks show slight, vertical erosion, like a miniature sample of the hemlocked west coast of Vancouver Island. Lee Ann and Jennie found no crayfish or aquatic snails there, only one Cepaea shell fallen into the water. Jack Darling Park, Mississauga, 21 July From a bench by the lake Lee Ann and Jennie had a view of the reconstruction of Jack Darling Park into perfectly rounded sloping lawns.

He waited out a shower of rain under the shade of a spreading Red Oak tree there, and then visited one of our auditory stations on the bank above 14 Mile Creek, south of the mouth, a steep-banked valley in deciduous woods, filled with the green plumes of Ostrich Fern. Under the threat of increasing rain he retreated to Hwy 2 at Wolfdale to wait for me. I reached him just as he was getting drenched, with lightning blasting only 2 km away. We got his gear off the bike, and the bike on the rack on the truck, and drove back to Burloak Camp, where it had not rained at all.

Its branches rise up from the recumbent trunks and it spreads its canopy like a one-tree forest. A Cardinal twitters and two Redwing Blackbirds engage in a singing duel. On the banks Spotted Jewelweed is coming into bloom and roundleaved Burdock towers above my head as I stand on creek gravel at the foot of the bank. The new burr at the top of an elegant tall green Teasel is soft as a baby Porcupine. The ribs of its 35 leaves have sharp needles underneath, and the spines on its ridged stalk are curved like cat's claws.

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