I was behind with my newspaper reading this week. It was last night that I finally took the Thursday The Banner/The Era roll of papers from February 2nd and started to look through.
After scanning and finally reading something interesting ‘Town seeks plan for wildlife park
‘ by Jeremy Grimaldi, I thought what a wonderful great amazing thoughtful
idea and we are one step closer after council approved spending over $200,000 to create the master plan for the wildlife site.
Downy Woodpecker, Nokiidaa Trail Boardwalk
A wildlife park site in Aurora. Just another reason for me not to move, however, I never had any intentions to move in the first place and what would just happened to my blog – so no.
Praying Mantis, Nokiidaa Trail Boardwalk
Provided the location of the proposed wildlife site, north of Wellington Street, between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street, I looked up the Google map to see where would the block of 100 acres be. It is a stretch of land that looking from the top view it has a nice mix of wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. According to David Tomlinson this combination is a great mix to create an urban nature reserve.
Grass Species, Nokiidaa Trail Boardwalk
The Google map is probably outdated by now (it was at the time Longo’s plaza was constructed) so I must one day see the site for myself. The trees are probably much bigger and probably more overgrown.
While reading, I am also impressed with Mr. Tomlinson’s work in that area – logging the species. Witnessing 150 bird species at the site, and 75 nesting. However, I recall him writing before in the Auroran that we have 100 bird species in Aurora. Well they come and go, like that Pelican that flew over Aurora many moons ago.
My birding list would really improve if I was able to witness this number too. My list is over 110 bird species, but I cheated a bid because I added many birds in captivity I saw at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. Someone told me that it doesn’t count and this someone is probably right.
Mushrooms or Fungi, Case Woodlot
So what is in the master plan that excite me? ‘The master plan will include a proposal for bird watching towers, an educational centre
(aha may be Petch house?) and trails through parts of the site
.’ – The Banner reported.
Can we ask for more here in Aurora? I don’t think so, but may be few more wildlife parks after that. We just have to get one going.
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