Everyone in our program has to go through two field courses where we go out into the wilderness and do outdoor things.
The first field course was held during late summer and was incredibly overwhelming.
The second field course was held during early spring. This time I understood what we were doing, I just didn’t know why we were doing it.
This year, the course was held during the coldest week in April. The week before and after, it was nice and sunny and the weather was amazing, and then suddenly BOOM. Below freezing temperatures. Rain. Maybe a MINI TORNADO.
The week after the field course it was back to sunshine, rainbows and happiness.The weather knows. It knows when we are outdoors.
Almost every day of the field course, we were outdoors measuring, recording and sketching things.Our trip started off on a very windy and rainy Monday at Ashbridges Bay and Leslie Street Spit where we collected data and made transects.
Next day, we visited St Williams Nursery where they specialize in growing and selling native plants.
After that, we headed over to Backus Woods, one of the best remaining examples of a Carolinian forest. We met this super tree enthusiast named Mary who knew everything.
There was an overnight camping trip near Long Point, which was actually a lot of fun. We roasted marshmallows, had a barbeque and played games.
Next day we got to see how birds were tagged so that we can observe changes in their migratory path.
Birds are cute. I like birds.
We visited the beach on Long Point Provincial Park near Lake Erie. It was 50km/h winds and a little bit of snow. So you know, not the best beach weather.
Nothing like a little snow on the beach to say welcome to Canada!
After our totally insane outdoors trip we had a planting excursion where we planted some river willow.
We dug out trees, wrapped some trees in burlap, and planted a bunch of dogwood. All when the temperature was -2 Celcius.
All in all, the weather was not the greatest but I think the trip was pretty fun.I think the trip was quite eye opening… actually I think the weather added to how interesting it was.