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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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Altona’s Wetlands: Following the Water

When you think of wetlands, do you think of marshes and ponds? Wetlands are so much more – there are forest wetlands, bogs, wet meadows, fen – lands with readily available surface water. Canada holds 25% of the world’s wetlands. … Continue reading

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The Best Hoot, Barred None

We are extraordinarily lucky because we might see or hear a number of owls in Altona Forest. There is the northern saw-whet owl, eastern screech owl, great-horned owl, and the barred owl. Of these, the one you are most likely … Continue reading

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Altona’s Kingfishers

There is a hidden corner of Altona Forest that few hikers are aware of. It is ‘Altona Forest South’; a slim section of green space that is protected, but separated from the main part of Altona Forest by the construction … Continue reading

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The Whoo’s Whooo of Altona Forest

Many people think of the winter forest as a slumbering place. It’s not! Altona Forest is home to many winter-active species and snow tracks, scat, and sightings tell the tales of struggle for winter survival. The bare branches, brightly lit … Continue reading

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Pet Patrol

You’ve seen the signs… Responsible Pet Ownership. What does it mean if you use Altona Forest’s protected woods and trails? Are you protected from uncontrolled animals? Did you know that there are fines for not being a responsible pet owner? … Continue reading

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