I came prepared with long sleeves this Saturday afternoon, and found there were much fewer mosquitos this week than last week - though there were still quite a few nearer the river, so I was glad I was prepared. Signs of autumn are accumulating incrementally. Chokecherries have turned red, and many sarsaparilla leaves have dropped.
I paid attention to spiders’ webs today, and took many photos of places where they were, although the camera didn’t necessarily capture the webs themselves. Orb webs in particular tend not to show up (orb webs are the classic webs with radial lines, and then a spiral crossing them). Funnel webs have shown up and were quite numerous in some places, and I saw a few sheet webs as well.
Kelly joined me for the latter part of my walk today, and introduced me to the largest tree in the forest. We saw a few cool fungi growing on stumps along the way, as well as some Lily-of-the-Valley, looking different with the dark red berries and no leaves.
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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.