University Heights Park in Peterborough is one of my favourite parks.
It's a smaller park with a lot of packed into it. It has a forest, old agricultural fields, wetlands, a pond, and a stream. Aside from the hundreds of wildflower species I have identified at this park I have also made some great fauna sightings. Among these sighting are a number of bird species like wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, hummingbirds, and owls, as well as mammals like coyotes, and deer.
I also like that it's close to my house. This allows me to visit the park on a near daily basis and see the comings and goings of different wildflower species. As I visit this park so frequently I have a sense that I am less overwhelmed by its sights and sounds. Instead of everything being new, most things are familiar and new things stand out.
A pop of blue afar in a field of green may be easy to miss - and I very nearly did miss it - but the blue was new in the field. As I approached the small patch of blue blooms I realized I was seeing some new species of flower for the first time, and that something new was flax (Linum usitatissimum).
See my other faves from 2016 here.
News, reflections, notes and other ramblings from the trail by PTBO Flora founder Rachel.