This winter, I spent endless hours scouring the trails and woods in search of cocoons. I found few prizes, and have had to satisfy myself with fungi, old nests, and way too many gypsy moth egg cases. If you are a lepiphile like me (yes I just made that word up), maybe you’re ready for some of the four season nature activities exquisitely described in Nature Where We Live.

Don Scallen has combined beautiful verse with the thrill of the hunt. He selected 14 of his favourite activities to explore our natural world without going far from home, something we really need right now. You can learn to hunt for caterpillars at night, discover underwater pearls you thought existed only at vacation destinations, and some furry friends by noticing their clues. While not a field guide, you will learn basic interesting information about the wildlife you might find, along with tips and tricks Don has accumulated through years of experience, trial and error.

From Stream Dipping, Webb Wonders, and Searching For Fairies (a late Spring activity you can start right away), to Salamander Magic, you’re sure to find something that inspires you to get out of the house, and grab a young person to take along. $20 from Amazon Canada.

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July 26.  Today I saw the first monarch in my yard.  There is still hope.  I should have seen them here in my Toronto yard a month ago, at least.

Science Books and Films Award Finalist!

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science has announced the finalists for their 2013 book awards, and How To Raise Monarch Butterflies:  A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids is up

MonarchLand Day 2

February 15, 2017 2 Comments 0 tags

The extensive buffet breakfast at the Hilton was a beautiful way to start the day.  We headed to Metepec.  Our guest guide the one and only Estela Romero, ace reporter