Author Archives: tashakatt

The Other Altona Forest

I have wandered Altona Forest’s trails many times but while editing a couple of photos when I re-worked the altonaforest.org site, I couldn’t imagine where in the forest they were taken. The photos seemed to be from a path in … Continue reading

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Leave It To Beavers

The most amazing thing happened to Lacey’s Pond this spring … it rained and rained … and then rained some more. That’s a whole lot of water. Those familiar with Lacey’s Pond in Altona Forest will know that the native cattails took hold … Continue reading

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Biting Back Garlic Mustard

Throughout Ontario, an innocuous looking weed has taken hold. It has spread through the countryside, into gardens, and into conservation areas like Altona Forest. It will grow in shade or sun and has the ability to alter the soil’s biology. … Continue reading

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Jane’s Altona Forest

“You’re doing this backwards” I thought, “And you really are not the right person to do this at all.” Just over a year ago, I decided that Altona Forest should have a Jane’s Walk. I don’t usually lead hikes in … Continue reading

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Going For Golds

One of the most eye-catching spring flowers in Altona Forest is the marsh marigold. It is a cheery late April-May bloomer with bright yellow flowers and deep green, rounded heart-shaped leaves. Have you seen one? Do you know where to … Continue reading

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Easy Butterfly and Bee Gardens

The long, dark Canadian winter months mean our gardens (like us) can only dream of the warmer days to come. Are you craving warm spring air and blooms? Native over-wintering pollinators are too. Plant native plants to support our neighbourhood’s … Continue reading

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Bird-Brained Quest

Inadvertently, I’ve had a winter project. After a fleeting sighting early in winter, a woodpecker has been taunting me. For months. I was only able to catch a shadowy, blurry far-off photo – but it was definitive: a red-bellied woodpecker … Continue reading

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