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Survey on Cootes Paradise

Can you take a few minutes to help researchers at the University of Toronto with a survey on Cootes Paradise? 
Which environmental benefits are most important to you and your family? Your input will make a difference! 

Take the survey at: www.cpsurvey.ga
Please note that Restore Cootes is not involved in the research, and we are sharing to help promote the survey only.

Filling In The Floodplain

I'm stepping in to fill-in for the injured Wayne Terryberry on this interpretive hike - on the filled-in floodplain of lower Ancaster Creek, formerly Coldspring Valley Nature sanctuary,  currently McMaster Parking Lot M - also the site of a rehabilitation project that has peeled back the asphalt to create a 30 metre riparian zone to separate the cold-water creek from the parking.

Lots to see and discuss, and this hike will have a lot more about the natural science of the space with McMaster Biology prof Susan Dudley.

Moving toward MacMarsh at McMaster

Some interesting approaches to looking at rehabilitating a McMaster parking lot to become a coldwater wetland.

I'll be on the panel discussing the historical aspects of the site, with other smarter people, 10am Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Two days prior, Patricia Johanson will be speaking about the way she uses art, site-specific art, to help heal the earth.

Should be inspiring. Hope you can make it.

History Hike in West Campus Tuesday, September 11 at 2pm

We're going on a hike to introduce McMaster students (and any other interested participants) to this former RBG Coldspring Valley Nature Sanctuary and coldwater creek floodplain  - currently a parking lot - to examine the past, present and future of this place that is undergoing an important ecological transformation.
Tour Leaders Dan Coleman (English Professor and author of Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place)Randy Kay (Restore Cootes)Judy Major-Girardin (School of the Arts)

Urquhart Butterfly Garden speaker series

A lovely butterfly garden is the perfect setting for this annual speaker series.
August 4, 2018, Guest speaker: Doreen Nicoll You cannot have Monarch Butterflies without milkweed.  Doreen Nicoll has recently become a heroine for monarch butterflies, by insisting on her rights to grow milkweed in her naturalized garden in Burlington.

Doreen  Nicoll has long understood that garden with nature and not against her is the best thing for our planet. She also knows that native plants are great at attracting butterflies and bees of all species.

Doreen will be the first presenter in the Summer Series at the Urquhart Butterfly Garden and her topic will be Monarchs and Their Milkweed and naturalized gardening. She has wealth of information and is fun as well!

The session will begin at 11 am Saturday on August 4 and last approximately one hour.  Please bring a chair.

If it rains the session will be cancelled.


For more information about the Urquhart Butterfly Garden please visit urquhartbutterfly.c…

McMaster Versus Maria's Walk

It seems that McMaster can't quite figure out a welcoming approach to this historical trail.  Signs have gone from "no trespassing" to "use at own risk" and now, "do not use" with the unwelcome addition of a chain link fence at the top and the bottom of the west campus trail.
Why all the changes from threatening to personal responsibility, and now back to prohibitive with physical barriers? 


Selected linkshttp://www.restore-cootes.org/2013/05/marias-blocked-walk.htmlhttp://www.restore-cootes.org/2015/01/re-open-and-repair-marias-walk.htmlhttp://www.restore-cootes.org/2017/07/lost-nature-trail-at-mcmaster-video.htmlhttp://www.restore-cootes.org/2014/12/who-was-maria.htmlhttp://www.restore-cootes.org/2015/05/trail-fragment-rim-prospect-circuit-to.html