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Word of the Week: Patagium
October 17, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Patagium (noun): a membrane or fold of skin between the forelimbs and hind limbs on each side of a bat or gliding mammal. Ornithologists also occasionally use it to refer to the forward part of bird wings. The word patagium is from Lat...
Word of the Week: Saproxylic
October 11, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Saproxylic (adjective): relating to or causing the decay of wood. It can also describe organisms that live rely on or live in dead wood. A great example of a saproxylic insect is the carpenter ant. These marvelous creatures chew tunnels and...
Nature Book Club: September
October 11, 2018 by Kami Valkova
Welcome to Nature Book Club! Here we will share what our book club is reading each month!...
Blister Beetles
October 06, 2018 by Jon Hayes
It is blister beetle season again! In certain areas of High Park these metallic dark blue “blister beetles” are slowly ambling along the sandy ground. When disturbed, adult blister beetles exude a defensive yellow oil (cantharidin) that can cause pai...
Word of the Week: Epizoochory
October 04, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each week to amp up your nature vocabulary! Epizoochory [epi-zo-o-cho-ry] (noun): seed dispersal by transporting on the outside of animals - usually on the hair of mammals.&nbsp...
Word of the Week: Hirsute
September 27, 2018 by Jon Hayes
Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each week to amp up your nature vocabulary! Hirsute [hir·sute] (adjective): 1. covered in coarse, stiff hairs; 2. hairy. When you look closely, many plants can be quite hairy (or "hirsute"). Th...
An Interview with Nellie Sue Potter
September 26, 2018 by Laura McClintock
Nellie Sue Potter illustrates trail guides and shows her award-winning botanical illustrations at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. But don't let her skills intimidate you. Nellie Sue is a patient teacher who brings out the best in her student...
An Interview with Dan Stuart
September 20, 2018 by Laura McClintock
Spring flowers get most of the notoriety, but fall brings a rich diversity of beautiful and interesting wildflowers. Dan Stuart will be teaching folks all about them on a fantastic fall floral exploration on Oct. 13. We had some questions for Dan and...
An Interview With Timothy Leduc
September 20, 2018 by Laura McClintock
On October 9 & 11 Timothy Leduc will be leading a workshop to help participants learn about their individual, familial, cultural, nation, and professional position from the lands, waters, and climate they live and work within.  We had...
Word of the Week: Ballooning
September 05, 2018 by Sammy Tangir
Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!...
Bird's Nest Fungus
August 30, 2018 by Jon Hayes
This rainy August weather has yielded a fabulously fungal forest floor. Kami, our Nature Club Coordinator found this tiny fungus (Crucibulum laeve) earlier this week. You'd be forgiven for thinking it a bird's nest....
Word of the Week: Hyphae
August 29, 2018 by Sammy Tangir
Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!...
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