The YNC in partnership with ISANS, led a nature walk at Belcher’s Marsh (Clayton Park) last weekend. We had 6 families from Syria, (approx 40 people) join us on a sunny afternoon to learn about some local wildlife and flora. The idea behind the event was to help new comers learn about the natural environment of their new home so they will become comfortable in it and also have an understanding of some of the new species they may not have ever seen before. We hope this in turn will help them feel more settled and connected to their new place.
We had some great volunteer naturalists and translators who guided our groups through the trail where we saw dragonflies, squirrels, wildflowers, and some birds including ducks and a Great Blue Heron. After our walk we stopped and did some pond dipping where we found some Snails, Whirligig beetles, Backswimmers and Water Boatman bugs! Thanks to support from Nature Canada.