Reading Nature and Signs in Winter walk set for Glen Stewart Ravine on Dec. 27

The Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine have a Reading Nature and Signs in Winter walk set for Dec. 27.

The Friends of the Glen Stewart Ravine will host a walk called Reading Nature and Signs in Winter on Thursday, Dec. 27.

The 1.5-kilometre guided walk in the Glen Stewart Ravine will be led by Joanne Doucette of Toronto Field Naturalists.

The event meetup is on the southwest corner of Beech Avenue and Kingston Road at 1:30 p.m. The walk will end at Queen Street East at 3:30 p.m.

Participants can enjoy the great outdoors and learn about many wild creatures including deer, coyotes, cottontail rabbits, opossums, squirrels, raccoons, striped skunks, mink and mice, and how they leave their tracks, scat, and bite marks behind along the course of Ames Creek in the ravine.

Doucette, who will be leading the walk, said while she can’t guarantee those on the walk will spot a deer she is confident they will see evidence of deer.

“I’ve seen deer there, and coyotes and foxes,” she said of Glen Stewart Ravine. “It’s always a surprise what we see, but we are going to see deer tracks and racoon tracks. We’ll certainly see squirrels and we’ll see the scat of other animals.”

As part of reading the signs of the wildlife, Doucette said she expects she’ll find examples of the differences between where a deer and a rabbit has nibbled.

All family members are encouraged to enjoy this winter event, though ice cleats may be needed. Service animals are accepted but it is advised to leave other pets at home.

And for those still looking to learn more about local nature, while enjoying a good walk, there’s another hike hosted by the Toronto Field Naturalists slated for the morning of Tuesday, Jan.8.

The Ashbridges Bay Is For The Birds walk starts at 10 a.m., and participants are asked to meet at the southwest corner of Coxwell Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East. The walk will be led by Anne Powell. It will be mostly on flat surfaces and there will be no stairs to contend.

Those taking part are encouraged to bring their binoculars as they visit with the birds that frequent Ashbridges Bay.

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