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The Salmon Run

Today, a friend and I enjoyed watching the Salmon Run here in Toronto, at Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, with our girls.  This is our second year going, and we had a great time. Last year, we were a bit late in the season, and only saw a couple of fish, and plenty of salmon carcasses (a  great science and philosophical lesson). This year, there were more fish fighting their way upstream.

The salmon run is where salmon swim upstream, even jumping up over waterfalls, in order to lay their eggs upstream. You can see them all along the Don River, making their way to the top. A some points, they vigorously swim against the current.

Those white splashes of water are the salmon

In addition to the river, when you first enter the park, there is a large pond, that is home to a beautiful blue heron, ducks and some curious Canadian geese.

There is a beautiful walking trail along the river, but do be careful of the poison ivy! (Thanks Jena!) When our friend pointed it out, Little Miss exclaimed “It’s a good thing I’m wearing stockings!” as she traipsed through it. She did take notice though, and was careful walking along the rocks.

Poison Ivy

Lastly, a friendly grasshopper, that intrigued Little Miss.

If you get a chance, check it out! The salmon run typically runs from mid-September (earlier in other parts of Ontario) to mid-October. The weather does affect the salmon run, and with the ridiculously hot weather last week, it has delayed it.

We plan on going to another location next week, so we’ll see if there are more or less salmon. I hypothesize more.

Blessings,

Liz

Pond Life

We are very blessed to have the opportunity to visit a pond, which is right next to our accountant’s office. We pick up cheques from our accountant biweekly, so we try to get down there before or after each visit. This picture was taken in May:

Goose Eggs WM

It’s a bit hard to see, but there are 3 Canadian Goose eggs in the middle of the little island. We had watched the geese take care of these eggs for a few weeks. The last time we saw them, the geese were close by, but no longer sitting on them. I knew then that these eggs likely wouldn’t hatch. When we came back, and the geese were gone, but the eggs were still there. Although my Little Miss was SO excited to see some goslings,  it was a great opportunity to talk about the life cycle, and how not everything turns out the way we think it will.

I love learning through natural opportunity. I like to call it casual learning. Children are insatiable when it comes to curiosity – which I can absolutely vouch for now that my daughter asks “why?” roughly 35,000 times per day! Feed it as much as you can. Let them learn!

These next two photos are fun shots of our little piece of pond paradise. Can you spot the frog in the second one?

Pond Paradise WM

Frog WM

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