Discovery During a
Students find the snakes and salamanders that the high paid
government consultants could NOT!
Government was saying the Cawthra Bush was not in good environmental
health as the indicator species, such as Amphibians & Reptiles, had not been
found. However, when the students from St. Paul Secondary School were
doing a forest clean-up, Red-back salamanders and Garter snakes were both found
in short order. Equally lucky that members of the Friends of the Cawthra
Bush & Greater Mississauga Area were participating in the clean-up, knew the
importance of the find and would ensure it was reported & brought cameras to
record the days events. They are in black and white as it was planned to
submit a story about the clean-up to the local paper. Sorry not got the
details about date, etc., up yet but will find them - soon.
It was early in the spring and one of the first warm days when Mr. Tsilfidis
had his Biology class out to the local Old-Growth forest, the Cawthra Bush, to
clean-up the litter that builds up over the winter. First we encountered a
small herd of Garter snakes that appear to be making their first excursion out
of their hibernaculum, where they would have sent the winter together,
intertwined in a ball, sleeping the cold months away.
This was quickly followed by an young lady discovering
It will make a difference!
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