A Place to Walk: A Naturalist's Journal of the Lake Ontario by Aleta Karstad

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By Aleta Karstad

What do skilled box naturalists observe after they discover the seriously populated Lake Ontario coastline as though they have been surveying a barren region for the 1st time? during this fantastically illustrated publication, Aleta Karstad takes you on a trip of discovery alongside the course of the Lake Ontario Waterfront path. Listening for calling frogs in spring, turning stones, sampling coastline glide, choosing vegetation and animals, Karstad and her husband, herpetologist Frederick W. Schueler, find a wealth of ordinary existence, occasionally in unforeseen areas. The excursion magazine, illustrated by means of Aleta Karstad's based drawings and mild watercolours, takes up the place renowned box publications depart off. it's a advisor and notion for readers to discover their very own sector with clean eyes, with a call for participation to help in tracking animal groups.

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Snail was a Great Lakes Horn Snail, Goniobasis livescens. After the rich drift we sampled east of Toronto this spring the absence of land snails along the urban shore is astonishing and appalling. Turtle Creek is a fairly shallow, fastflowing creek with a rock bottom that winds its way through a swampy area thick with Cattails, Arrowhead and Purple Loosestrife between Jack Darling Park and Rattray Marsh. They found a few juvenile Stagnicola elodes snails in it but no crayfish. Rattray Marsh, Mississauga, 21 & 23 July The Rattray Marsh reserve, hemmed in by crowded houses, is a mosaic of remnant habitats.

Before me, marking a rocky headland, stands a concrete tower painted yellow, and then the lake stretches on until the towers of Toronto mark the skyline, Scattered white flecks offshore, are Gulls settling to sleep. Several late sailboats reflect pink sunset on the bright triangles of their sails. Strobelights on the side of the CN Tower flash like synchronous fireflies and all of the other city lights brighten as the daylight fades. Buildings on the near shore behind me are partly hidden by dark masses of trees, and green gaps of lawn come down to seawall and boulder-shore.

The banks of the Canal project out into the marsh as narrow dikes where seem folded in half. Then it spirals down like a kite in an eddy, abruptly folds its greybacked wings and plunges up again with nothing, orange bill gleaming. A Kingfisher announces his presence with a harsh clatter, and we watch him dive from an overhanging Willow. " The constant rush of road traffic comes across to us through the clear evening air as we paddle along a shore forested by Willow, Ash and Black Locust, where Sumacs raise rosy flower spikes from the shadows.

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