Ethan Elliot— a student and member of Ontario Nature’s Youth Council, has a knack for making things happen. It is no surprise that he has been able to convince his hometown of Stratford to become Ontario’s second Bee City.
In honour of World Wetlands Day on February 2, let’s pay tribute to vernal pools. Due to their small size and transient nature, vernal pools are a type of wetland that is easily overlooked. While brimming with water in spring, they may be nothing more than a dry, isolated, depression on the forest floor by summer.
Nature enthusiasts have noted fewer monarch and swallowtail butterflies this year. This certainly has been my experience. I saw six swallowtails during the earlier days of summer, which is far fewer than in previous years. Likewise, by late summer, I would have easily seen over a dozen monarch butterflies. Yet, this year, locally along the Don Valley and at Tommy Thompson Park, I have seen just over a half dozen.