The Stewards of Cootes Watershed have been coordinating periodic cleanups in and around Cootes Paradise in the last year. The amount of crap they’ve been hauling out there has been really impressive. Slightly less impressive when you consider that there is any need at all to remove dozens of tires and dozens of shopping carts and hundreds of bags of garbage out of a gem of a spot at all.
Being really fond of the place, I wanted to go down and help. The spot being tackled today was at Princess Point.
Beavers are making an appearance again in this area after being away for quite some time. Not sure what they’re planning on doing with these though, if anything. One felled right beside the other.
Got there earlier than the appointed time, so I got a brew on, pulled out Mongoliad and read for a while.
This fella came strutting by while I sat and had a cup of tea and read my book. I believe this is a hybrid goose.
Two maps of the area we were in.
Various critters, both human and avian floating and paddling on the water.
Some people out on Princess Point proper. The earliest archeological evidence of agriculture in Ontario is right here.
Dave and Gunther across the mouth of the Chedoke Creek from me.
Second bucket of trash I collected.
And to any of the ladies reading this, I just want to say...when you flush your goddamn tampon applicators down the toilet, they “go somewhere” all right....namely the shoreline of a picturesque body of water. I cleaned up 37 of them today....in maybe a ten square meter area. And the other thing is one of those cigarello mouth pieces. I collected about twice as many of those. Gawd, people are disgusting.
To birds it just looks like berries or bugs or whatever else their tiny brains think they can eat.
8 people, 3 hours, maybe 200 meters of shoreline. Sad that it needs to happen at all. The tire in the middle was my find. Although it represents only one of many dozens that have been retrieved from Cootes in the last year. According to Tys Theysmeyer, an Aquatic Ecologist and Head of Conservation for Royal Botanical Gardens, in the 15 years he’s been at his job, he has found the carcasses of 4 snapping turtles that have somehow become trapped in tire rims.
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