Sunday, October 16, 2016

Deer in the Humber Arboretum

Fall colours abound in the GTA and the river valley adjacent to Humber College presents beautiful nature walks in forests that are full of yellows and splashes of red. I have often been to the conservation area and along the banks of the river where you can find signs of deer, but I have never seen any of the wild creatures myself. However, today we walked down into the valley and we came upon a deer eating some nature stuff. He froze as we came into view but my eagle eyes quickly noticed the deer and after a short period he resumed eating his dinner.
The park used to have a deer fence that ran along the side of the valley with a series of gates that let people cross between the areas while keeping the deer out of the school and off the streets. This kept the deer from higher education and stuck in low paying jobs so they go rid of the fences but for some reason kept the gates - and I noticed that the gates are locked. You can get out but you can't get back in.
"Located behind Humber College's North campus, the Humber Arboretum consists of botanical gardens and natural areas surrounding the Humber River. This unique site is home to the Carolinian bioregion, the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, and boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The Humber Arboretum covers approximately 250 acres (101 ha) of the West Humber River Valley between Highway 27 and the 427 and is easily accessed from Humber College Blvd."
The areas filled with tiny maple trees are so cute - full of all colours of regular sized leaves on tiny little tree trunks. It's like looking over a massive forest from a helicopter. After seeing the cute deer I am on the lookout for bears now but will settle for chipmunks. 

Fall can be found in Pickering as well

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

No bears, but we definitely have chipmunks! Especially check by the Tranquility Garden next to the student residence. There's a chipmunk around there who usually complains about anyone getting too close.

And as for the gates, well, we like to think life can use a little mystery... ;)

Great photos - glad you enjoyed your visit!

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