Island Exploration

Being new to Toronto Island calls for some exploration in my free time. This week, I took Wednesday evening off and went for a long bike ride from Hanlans Point to Wards Island.   The island is very different from everywhere else I have ever visited. The island’s gardens are perfectly manicured at all times,…

Mono Cliffs Outdoor Education Centre Visit

My first week working for the Toronto District School Board included a day full of training with the other interns and Outdoor Education staff at the Mono Cliffs location. On Monday night we drove up to the centre where we stayed overnight in the student dorms. Luckily for me, my good friend Alex was one…

Roadside Wildflower Identification

All of these plants were found on a roadside in North Pickering on September 1st/2017. Newcomb’s Wildflower guide was used for all of the identifications. A sample of the Solidago species was collected for a positive identification with Michigan Flora.

August 2017

One of the main components of being enrolled in a coop program in university is the small amount of time off between terms and jobs. Each year, I have approximately seven weeks of the year off. At least two weeks in Winter, a week between Winter and Summer terms, and up to five weeks covering…

Dense Blazing Star, Liatris spicata

Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) The Dense Blazing Star is one of the thousands of species in the Asteraceae family, and is one of the twenty-seven species in the Liatris genus. This wildflower can be found in moist soils and has many suitable habitats including: fens, wet prairies, swamps, roadsides, fields, and marshy meadows. The…

July Wildflower Identification

Here are some of my identifications from the month of July thus far. All of these plants were picked by one of my professors from Waterloo Park and the University of Waterloo campus. These plants were all for identification practice for the upcoming ENVS 474 practical exam. Newcomb’c Wildflower guide was used for all of…

Tree Planting

Last month, my ecology class went to the nature reserve on our campus to plant trees and collect data on past tree planting excursions done by past groups in this course. In the photo set above: The Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) my partner and I planted in the University of Waterloo’s Nature Reserve. In total, my…

I got the job!

I am so excited to announce that I have accepted a job offer with the Toronto District School Board and will start as an Outdoor Education Intern in September! I am surprised yet thoroughly thrilled to have received an offer from the Toronto District School Board for employment this fall term. It was my goal to…

Fern Identification in Stamm Woodlot

This week I went on a trip to the Stamm Woodlot where I had the opportunity to meet with a Waterloo Region Nature representative. The representative knows a lot about ferns and gave my class a guided tour of the woodlot. I came across twelve different species and learned a lot about identifying ferns.  

Shrub Identification Practice

Last week’s focus in my Plants of Ontario course was shrubs! We reviewed terminology specific to shrubs and on a rainy day we went into the lab to learn how to use the Shrubs of Ontario book. All of the plant samples used in this specific lab were hand-picked by one of the instructors earlier in…

The Garlic Mustard Pull

Spring is the season for new growth, and unfortunately, that includes the growth and spread of invasive species. An invasive species is defined as a plant, fungus or animal species that causes ecological harm in an environment where it is not native. One issue with invasive species is that many people are not aware of…

Plant ID

Below are some additional plant identifications I did this week using the Newcomb’s Flower Guide and the Shrubs of Ontario guide books. All of these identifications were done in the Ecology Lab and had been pre-picked, meaning I was unable to see the whole specimen.                    …