When March Break suddenly became 3 weeks long, we at WRN Teens thought we’d organize a couple of hikes since our members were unexpectedly free and going outside was encouraged. Things changed quickly and WRN had to stop activities, so those hikes were cancelled…. and so was the salamander monitoring that Linda Dutka runs, and our new nesting box monitoring that David Gascoigne initiated, and our visit to the UW Ecology Lab, and invasives removal and trail clean-up for Earth Day, and another invasives removal initiated by Teens member Megan, and our season wrap-up at SpruceHaven! Thanks anyway to all our partners, planners and members — it was going to be a big season!
Like everybody, we got over the initial shock of the changes and switched to meeting virtually on Zoom! Since the lockdown, we’ve had Zoom meetings first just to chat, then with guest speakers:
- – Jenna Quinn (WRN president and Program Scientist at rare) on environmental education and career options
- – Josh Shea (WRN past president and Natural Areas Coordinator for Kitchener) on the Bee City program and pollinators
- – Graeme Smith (master’s student in Environmental and Life Sciences at Trent University) on salamander habitat and movement
- – Michelle MacMillan (outdoor educator at Royal Botanical Gardens) for 2 talks, owl adaptations and owl research and banding
Thanks to these awesome speakers for connecting with and encouraging our Teens!