A bright and glorious morning was a special gift for us on this year’s Bird Walk! For two delightful hours, we traipsed through the Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve to reacquaint ourselves with our fine-feathered friends. Thanks to our wonderful guides Mahlon and Eleanor Hurst, Lydia and Arlene, we were able to see and/or hear 40 different species of birds!
The “cast,” in order of appearance, is as follows:
On a recent FLM&A Adventure Team visit to Cayuga Lake, I was charmed by a visit to the Ithaca Children’s Garden! In a picturesque setting overlooking the south end of the lake, the Ithaca Children’s Garden is “an award-winning 3-acre public children’s garden designed for kids, enjoyed by all, and driven by a mission to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards” (ithacachildrensgarden.org). It can be found at 121 Turtle Lane at the end of Cass Park on Rt 89.
As an environmental educator (and admittedly, a big kid), I understand the importance of free play and interaction with the natural world as part of a child’s development, but I would not be able to say it as eloquently as it is stated in this article by Katherine Sommerville of the American Horticultural Society (ahsgardening.org):
"For kids, play is serious business. It’s not 'just about having fun, but taking risks, experimenting, and testing boundaries,' states the American Academy of Pediatrics in a clinical r...