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Signs of Spring (Part 2)

Updated: May 10, 2021

We are looking forward to meeting you at the new Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre at our 'Signs of Spring' workshop on Saturday March 20, 2021. Bob Bowles, award winning writer, artist, photographer and naturalist will lead us in our discovery of spring signs. There will be lots to see, hear and learn as each day in springs brings more bounty and life.

“ This safe, outdoor activity in nature will benefit your physical and mental health, giving you a new outlook and a better frame of mind”. Bob Bowles

With milder weather, the snow melting and longer daylight hours, more signs of spring are evident. It is a great opportunity to get outdoors to enjoy the earthy spring smell and listen to the backyard birds returning and singing their song.

Here at the centre we have seen geese returning to the pond and can hear the woodpeckers drumming on the nearby trees. We are awaiting the trumpeter swans to fly in and land in the pond. It’s amazing to listen to them talk to each other 2 to 3 minutes before taking flight and then honk during the entire flight over the centre.

The beautiful burgundy male catkins on the speckled alder trees are getting longer and soon the female catkins will be out on the alders. You will learn how important the alders are in the wetlands.

The workshop will begin at 1:00 pm. and end around 2:30 pm. We’ll enjoy a bonfire and be able to ask questions with our Master Naturalist, Bob Bowles.

We will be following Covid 19 protocols outlined by the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit. Therefore, the workshop will be limited to 15 participants.

There are a few spaces left, so contact us today and reserve your spot. Call or text 249-385-6834 or email

Cost is $39.00 per person. Children 12 and under are free.

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