For about two hours, Bob Kortright of the Toronto Field Naturalists showed examples of Guild Park's biodiversity - from butterflies to a butternut tree, mushrooms to mulberries, Cooper Hawks to cornflowers. The photos from today show participants listening Bob describe the life cycles of various types of vegetation and wildlife. On the bright and sunny autumn afternoon, he took folks along some little-used public trails atop the bluffs, into Guild Park's Carolinian Forest and through the formal gardens of the 36-hectare public park. Everyone gained a new appreciation for Guild Park's amazing environmental features people who came were greeted by a 4-point buck ambling along the park's Waterfront trail. When the deer turned around to return down the hill, he showed a wound on his haunch. Not sure if it was the result of an attack or a wound. The animal didn't appear limping so it's hoped the injury won't be serious. The rest of the tour was full of identifying fungi, trees and birds.
Thanks the tour leader Bob Kortright of TFN for arranging the memorable tour and to the 2 dozen folks who braved the zero degree weather to enjoy Guild Park.
Another follow-up to the Native Plant Give-Away that Friends of Guild Park hosted in August, was a Native Plant Workshop for everyone interested in learning about native plants and how to incorporate them into your garden. The event was free and hosted by Park People and Carolinian Canada.
The workshop was led by native plant specialist, Ben Porchuk of Carolinian Canada. Ben has over two decades of experience in ecological systems recovery and is a strong advocate for restoring urban ecology to create greater resiliency. All workshop attendees were invited to stay for the North American Native Plant Society's Annual General Meeting. The AGM keynote speaker was Dr. Jon Johnson of First Story Toronto. First Story is a program at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto devoted to researching and sharing Toronto’s Indigenous heritage through popular educational initiatives. As a part of this work, Jon leads tours about the Indigenous heritage in the GTA. Earlier this year, one of Jon's special tours with Park People included a visit to Guild Park.