Author Archives: tashakatt

Amphibians Beyond The Ponds

Feeling like ‘a frog is a frog’? Just a little curiosity is all you need to take the leap and discover their amazing song, life cycle, and contribution to our woods. So I’m going to challenge you to go to … Continue reading

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Our Woodland Spring Ephemerals

It seems like we wait forever for spring to arrive. And when it does, it’s fleeting and disappears before we can fully embrace it. That feeling of a short-lived, ephemeral season is echoed in our local Ontario forests by beautiful … Continue reading

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Among the Leaf Litter

Spring is the most incredible time in the deciduous forests of Ontario. Long before the trees get leaves, the forest is coming to life from the ground up. Frogs begin to sing before the ice is fully melted in Altona’s … Continue reading

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Winter Fun on the Trails

Hey Winter! We’re ready for you! (No really!) One emerging ‘tradition’ is the First Day Hike. Have you done one? As the holidays wind down, and the gatherings, gifts and gourmet trappings are a thing of the past, many people … Continue reading

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Adventures in Blazing Trails

There is no better feeling than walking along a trail and enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature. Conversely, there is no worse feeling than getting lost. Unless you can clearly see a trail or a marker, it’s easy to … Continue reading

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Adventures in Planting

A week ago, I was surprised by an e-mail. It was serendipity – the kind of serendipity that has kindness, dedication, and vigilance behind it. The e-mail was from TRCA (Toronto and Region Conservation) who manage Altona Forest. During the … Continue reading

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Wild Apples of the Forest

Whether it’s apple picking, home-made apple pie, or the tempting baskets along country roads, fall is not fall without apples. What I didn’t know until relatively recently is that apples like the types we buy and devour are not native … Continue reading

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