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Word of the Week: Supercilium
December 14, 2018 by Haya Aldoori
Welcome to Word of the Week!...
Word of the Week: Bole
December 12, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Bole (noun): the trunk of a tree. The part of the tree between the roots and the main branching area is called the "bole". The bole itself is made up of 5 parts: outer bark, inner bark, cambium, sapwood, and heartwood. A bole serves many roles in an ...
Word of the Week: Fascicle
December 05, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Fascicle (noun): a bundle of leaves or flowers growing crowded together. Pine needles grow in fascicles, bundled together. The number of needles in a fascicle can help you identify the species of pine. White pine is well-known for having 5 needles in...
Mice
December 04, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Last week, we spotted this little mouse in the north east corner of High Park. High Park has two mouse species - house mice, deer mice as well as the closely related meadow voles. Mice are incredible creatures! They can squeeze through spaces as thin...
Nature Book Club: November
December 03, 2018 by Kami Valkova
Welcome to Nature Book Club! Here we will share what our book club is reading each month!...
Winter Nature Clubs
November 29, 2018 by Kami Valkova
We are still finishing up the fall season of clubs, but registration for the winter season is already open!Our nature clubs meet regularly throughout each season (yes, even the winter!)to explore the natural wonders of High Park through trail hikes...
Word of the Week: Allelopathy
November 28, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Allelopathy (noun): the suppression of growth of one plant species by another due to the release of toxic substances (Merriam-Webster). Many of the invasive plant species found in High Park are allelopathic, including Phragmites, buckthorn, garlic mu...
Word of the Week: Tendril
November 21, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Tendril (noun): a slender threadlike appendage of a climbing plant, often growing in a spiral form, that stretches out and twines around any suitable support. In High Park, the most common plant with tendrils is wild grape. Tendrils find suitable hos...
Nuthatches
November 15, 2018 by Jon Hayes
If you hear a loud, nasal "yank-yank-yank" call, it is likely that of a nuthatch. In High Park, we can find both Red-breasted (smaller) and White-breasted (larger) nuthatches throughout the year. Both species become much more noticeable in late fall ...
Word of the Week: Shrub
November 15, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Shrub (noun): a woody plant that is smaller than a tree (usually under 6 m tall) that has multiple stems. You can also call them bushes! Trees are also woody, but they have one main stem (the trunk) and are usually larger at maturity. Some common na...
Nature Book Club: October
November 13, 2018 by Kami Valkova
Welcome to Nature Book Club! Here we will share what our book club is reading each month!...
Word of the Week: Senescence
November 07, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Senescence (noun): the process of becoming old or biological aging. Senescence is inevitable for living things. At this time of year, we are able to enjoy "leaf senescence" as the green chlorophyll fades, revealing the yellow and orange pigments that...
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