It’s hard to believe it is March 10th. The snow is falling. It is -27 C with windchill. Environment Canada has been lying to us all week, promising a great day that turned out to be well into the minuses.
This week the kids had a short week at school with Thursday and Friday off, which I like, but like better if the weather is nice. Today we decided to brave the weather and attempt a short walk.
We decided to go to Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary. We started with a walk to the bird blind, which meant the trees sheltered us for part of the way from the wind.
It was a terribly overcast day with limited visibility.
The bird blind had had few recent visitors.
The view over the lake was forbidding, with snow causing the distant landscape to disappear.
Still, somehow, the kids managed a smile.
As we returned to Kerry Wood Nature Centre we noticed the chickadees were having a feeding frenzy. Luckily we were able to enjoy watching the birds from inside the building where it was nice and warm. If you enjoy watching birds, I have a slo-motion video of the chickadees up on my Instagram account at @debramhunter . It is pretty cool watching the birds fly to and from the feeder in slo-motion.
The nature centre also had a new display that I thought the kids would find interesting, so we decided to check it out. I had seen it earlier in the week when I had been at the centre and walking in the sanctuary. The display was from Parks Canada and highlighted cariboo, forest fires, white pines, and nut hatches. We had the place to ourselves, so the kids were able to take their time to learn and explore.
We also visited the regular interpretive display. It seems there is always something new to learn about our local environment.
I think it was also fun for the kids to get out of the house for a bit. It has been a long winter.
(and this picture is here simply because he looks so cute coming out of the fish tunnel!)
iphone pics by Debra Hunter
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