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 2012/13 Gordon Terrace Elementary School
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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, April 20 2013 @ 11:39 AM EDT  
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A walk to Kinsmen Park
To check out Joseph Creek
With a stop
At the bioswale
On 14th Avenue,
Consisting of shrubs
And native plants,
Which trap sediment,
And help to filter storm water
Before it enters the creek.

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At the creek
We see signs of erosion.
Maybe the roots of the trees
Can prevent more soil
Washing away?

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We're learning
About the riparian zone,
The shrubs and plants
Growing on either side
Of Joseph Creek,
And how they provide,
Shelter, shade and food
For animals,
While the roots hold the soil,
And provide nourishment
To the vegetation.
The riparian zone
Is also a GREAT place
To explore!!


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, April 26 2013 @ 09:20 PM EDT  
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One of the class brought in this nest measuring roughly 6 inches in diameter. It was lined with moss. It was found on the ground in the forest near her house. I wonder what kind it could be???


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By: SMW (offline) on Friday, April 26 2013 @ 09:36 PM EDT  
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We took our big buddies along when we went to Elizabeth Lake this afternoon. Several of them had heard about the Vanilla Tree (ponderosa pine), which gives off a vanilla scent, which can be detected by smelling the bark.

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We split into 4 groups for 4 activities. One of them was the Web of Life where we learned how animals, plants and non-living things are interconnected.

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The other activities were Dipnetting (including identifying water bugs); Reflections (through art or writing); and Herons, Frogs and Mosquitoes (a game like Rock, Scissors, Paper). All in all, it was a fun afternoon!!


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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, April 28 2013 @ 09:50 PM EDT  
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High drama over Elizabeth Lake
As two ravens chase a bald eagle,
Which dives low to avoid them,
Then flies right overhead and away!
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By: SMW (offline) on Sunday, April 28 2013 @ 10:00 PM EDT  
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Meanwhile nearby
Two western painted turtles
Enjoy the relative safety
Of a sheltered spot,
Protected from the wind.
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A flotilla of ruddy ducks
Have appeared since last week.
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Another surprise
Is watching Mom and Dad goose
Taking the goslings for a swim
Into a stiff breeze.
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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, May 04 2013 @ 12:37 AM EDT  
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Another trip to Elizabeth Lake,
This time with the grade 2s.

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We're greeted by a yellow-headed blackbird.

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We teach the grade 2s
All about The Web of Life.

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They are excited
To see the western painted turtles.
One group watches
As a turtle climbs onto a log.

On our way back to school
We pass a pair of Canada geese,
Taking their baby goslings
For a swim
In a shallow pond.


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By: SMW (offline) on Saturday, May 04 2013 @ 03:06 PM EDT  
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Today is Arbor Day, and 24 mature trees were planted in Kinsmen Park in a joint partnership between the City of Cranbrook and BC Hydro.


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By: jkr (offline) on Saturday, May 11 2013 @ 10:57 AM EDT  
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I've been admiring your pictures Mr. Wilson which tells me that I must get down to Elizabeth lake this weekend before all the gosling grow up.

I know you have been checking our local eagle nest but here's a video you won't see on any of your excursions. It's a chick using it's egg tooth to free itself from the egg. This was recorded from our Harrison Mills cam --- totally amazing footage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YECVK6f ... e=youtu.be


~Judy~


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