I’m an eager participant in David Suzuki’s 30×30 Nature Challenge. One roadblock to success is that there isn’t a ton of large natural space within reasonable walking distance from our home. (We will make an effort to get to beautiful spots like Parc Maisonneuve and Parc de la Bellerive, but not daily.)
That being said, with a toddler, I feel confident that even the smallest of natural spaces can be enjoyed. That is why I’ve decided to focus on 30 minutes per day in nature, quite literally, in our own backyard.
We live in a condo complex but are lucky to have a pretty big (in comparison to other buildings) green space on our property. As an unofficial member of the Condo Association, I’ve helped maintain our green space by planting some perennials, picking up trash (mostly thrown over the fence from the elementary school) and watering during the summer months.
I have a confession. I can probably name 50 brands of cloth diapers, but I cannot identify the plants and trees that grow in our yard. I am pretty decent with vegetable plants, as my Dad has always had a vegetable garden. But when it comes to identifying trees and flowers and bushes, I’m completely useless.
I’m taking up the 30×30 Nature Challenge with the goal of learning what plants (and even animals… I don’t know many birds beyond pigeons and crows) live near us and perhaps a bit about each of these neighbourhood species.
I’d also like to keep a photographic journal of how spring truly SPRINGS into action over the course of the month. So, today, May 1st, this is what our yard looks like:
I’ll be posting on Instagram with the hashtag #30x30challengeMLD, so please, follow me (@MamanLoupsDen) and help me get to know the species in our yard so we can be on a first-name-basis instead of “You know, that tree… the one over there… the green one.”