It’s my third visit to New Jubilee Forest. We’ve just passed from the Flower Moon to the Long Rains Moon. This was my first visit with no rain. I wandered round the north side of the forest today, but didn’t make it to the river. Two hours went by like nothing. I really got to see a lot of insects, hear some birds, and take photos of some beautiful plants in bloom.
I stopped to spend some time with the dogbane today; many insects were visiting its blooms. Among them were a small black bee, a medium sized bee with thin horizontal white stripes across a black abdomen, a beetle with long outwardly curved antennae, and a small red & yellow fly that looked like a damselfly. Elsewhere in the forest I saw two green lacewings. a few white admirals and some cool moths, including one of those ones with triangular wings that blend in perfectly with brown wrinkled leaves.
I heard least flycatchers, red-eyed vireos, black-capped chickadees, one or two ring-billed gulls, a song sparrow and a white-throated sparrow.
On my way back out of the forest, I startled a deer that had been feeding near the trail.
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Hi! My name is Nathan Binnema. My grandparents are from the Netherlands, and I have lived my whole life in the city of Edmonton, as a settler on this land that I have learned to call Amiskwaciy Waskahikan. Growing up my family attended Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, which is how I am connected with Doug Visser. Around 2012/2013 I joined the public activism to fight the rezoning of the northeast agricultural land, and was introduced to the farm and the forest. I stayed in touch, and a few years later Kelly asked me to do bookkeeping for Lady Flower Gardens. Though I haven’t pursued studies in ecology or biology professionally, I have always been a biophile, and for nearly seven years now have been with a practice called phenological engagement, which involves visiting a small area consistently throughout the year, and trying to get to know all of the living creatures who also visit there, and how they are related.