Notes from the Wild
Spring wildflowers are a varied lot, many graced with fanciful names that fire the imaginations of children and adults.
If you love birds, and you plant trees or shrubs this spring, please choose native plants.
The house finch, perhaps more than any other bird species, is a confirmed urbanite, eating the bird seed we provide and cozying up to us at nesting time – hanging flower baskets are favourite nest sites.
Mastodons fed largely on the twigs and branches of trees but undoubtedly enjoyed fruit as well.
Blue jays are villains – winged brigands with a penchant for raiding the nests of other birds to devour eggs and nestlings.
Herons, egrets and bitterns are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae.
French artist Hubert Duprat capitalized on this in the 1980s by supplying caddisflies with flecks of gold and tiny precious stones.