We are excited to welcome Kim, from Mothering with Mindfulness, this week! We reached out to Kim to share as Dawn makes the transition into her new home in Nova Scotia, and Annie starts her first full week back in the classroom. We were delighted when Kim offered to share a wonderful hike, a neat natural feature they observed, and a super fun project; all coming up this week! Much thanks to Kim!
Lets kick it all off with a Hitting the Trail post!
Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, beaches, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!
Lynde Shores Conservation Area (Ontario, Canada)
Kim and her family spotted a wide variety of birds on this beautiful winter hike, and even had the chance to feed chickadee’s right out of the palm of their hand. Here is a look at their snowy walk on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Location: Lynde Shores Conservation Area, Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Habitat: 272-hectares of mature forest, wetland and meadow, located on the north shore of Lake Ontario
Favourite Plant and Animal Life: A variety of birds including blue jays, cardinals, red tailed hawks, brown thrushes, red bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, wild turkeys, chickadees and white breasted nuthatches. Deer and cotton tail rabbit tracks in abundance. Plant life is still visible in the winter including fungi covered in snow, many fallen trees due to early winter ice storm, lots of nibbled branches on low shrubs and fallen trees by cotton tail rabbits.
Special Features: Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario this is a very important stop over site for birds during migratory season. The wetlands have been designated as provincially significant and are part of a long term study of a costal wetland monitoring project. The Chickadee trail provides visitors with the opportunity to feed chickadees right from the palm of your hand. And in the summer chipmunks will also stop for a little nibble from your hand.
Best Time of Year to Visit: This conservation area is open year round, and really each season offers many wonderful opportunities to connect to Mother Nature.
Thank you for sharing, Kim!