Greater White-fronted Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose

A spell of Covid, bad weather, and a crowded calendar have kept me from getting out much lately – but on one of my last outings I meet this Greater White-front Goose (Anser albifrons) relaxing with a flock of Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) as well as a few smaller Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii) at Jericho Park.

No doubt you’ve noticed posts have dropped off significantly since I was monitoring gull nests last summer. To that end, and risking awkward feelings of narcissism, I’m going to expand the topics I write about.

So, let’s talk about botany, a topic that has become increasingly important to me as I learn more about birds, biodiversity, and ecosystems.

Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t is a remarkable project by Joey Santore, a self-educated botanist with a passion for teaching and a misanthropic sense of humour you’ll never find in a university course.

In addition to his videos, he’s got a podcast full of interviews and rants. His latest is an hour long interview with Doug Tallamy and entomologist and ecologist spearheading a project called Homegrown National Park.

If you find time, give this podcast a listen. You can stream or download it from here:

⏵ A Conversation with Doug Tallamy