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Everyone allowed… Or not

Nature should invite everyone, but it doesn’t. National parks have a long history of excluding Indigenous peoples. A group of teenagers walking through the woods is viewed with suspicion. Women fear being alone in nature because of who might come around the corner or out of the bushes. Dog walkers and cyclists have a long … Continue reading

Building community and resilience through gardening

Okay, so confessions first: I do not enjoy gardening. There is no part of crawling around on the ground with my hands in the dirt that I enjoy. I do enjoy the product of food gardens, but not enough to make me take up gardening. With that out of the way, I will say that … Continue reading

Grass, artificial turf, and nature connection

I saw today that one of Edmonton’s city councillors wants to look at replacing some of the city’s sports fields with artificial turf. The part of me that enjoys being in nature and wants all people to have more opportunities to connect with nature is struggling. I feel like there are many different factors in … Continue reading

Native Plants?

I just read a very interesting article about native vs non-native plants put out by Yale Environment 360. In it, the author discusses how climate change is affecting the range of different plants and may be forcing us to reconsider what is worthy of conservation. I thought to write my own post about this I … Continue reading

Affected by climate change – Pikas

I once spent an entire day observing pikas for a research course. After a full day of recording whether our particular animal was running, sitting, eating, calling, watching, etc, I was either going to leave despising them or loving them: I don’t think it is possible to despise them. I will still spend hours trying to photograph … Continue reading

Who do you learn from?

I used to work with a sulfur crested cockatoo named Sydney. He and I had a great relationship, I would take him travelling to schools. We would sit together in an empty classroom at lunch and share some memories and some peapods. When I walked into the room where he lived he would always come … Continue reading

What makes hummingbirds special?

I spent some time out at the Haselwood Inn Bed & Breakfast this weekend, where with a little help from a hummingbird feeder, some pretty nice flowers, and thirteen acres of natural landscape, the ruby-throated hummingbirds are prevalent. Apparently last weekend there was a migration through the property. What is it about these tiny birds that … Continue reading

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