This Week in the Woods: Late Summer Wanderings and Back-to-School Ponderings

Our feet are noiseless on a trail of packed dust that winds along a tree-covered ridge. We are in Niagara wine country, and the chatter of our three little girls is punctuated by the sounds of bird bangers in the valley below—propane-fired cannons used to ward off hungry avians. Overhead, the constant whirr of sight-seeing … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: Late Summer Wanderings and Back-to-School Ponderings

This Week in the Woods: The Importance of Alone Time

The forest is bursting with colour and life. My mother has taken the children for the afternoon and I have several, glorious hours to roam the woods, iced coffee in hand and camera dangling from a strap around my neck. I don't always realise when I'm peopled out, but as I meander down the empty … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: The Importance of Alone Time

This Week in the Woods (and why I’m sort of quitting science class)

(A Friday feature that chronicles our nature study adventures.) We kicked off this week by heading over to one of our favourite trails, one that winds through the wetlands. It was late afternoon and the marsh quivered with life. The sun was bright and the air was warm. A tall, white egret fished in the … Continue reading This Week in the Woods (and why I’m sort of quitting science class)

This Week in the Woods: The Search for the Great Horned Owl

A Friday feature that chronicles our nature study adventures. The setting sun filters through tall trees. Only patches of its light reach the forest floor. My friend and I are softly walking through the forest, scanning the canopy, searching but seeing nothing. A great horned owl lives here. I saw it last week. But this … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: The Search for the Great Horned Owl

The Importance of Nature Study

Midnight had come and gone. We stumbled through the darkness, our flashlights barely illuminating the trail through the woods. The cold seeped through my winter coat and into my bones. Ahead of us, a long net stretched down the path and into the blackness. “We got one!” someone cried. Carefully, he untangled the little bird … Continue reading The Importance of Nature Study