It is not every naturalist who really loves answering questions from kids, but Brian Wylie really does! When Brian was a young child he used to sit patiently beside local ponds to see what lived there, and has been a keen naturalist ever since.
August is the end of summer and the Urquhart Butterfly Garden is seeing lots of action, rare butterflies, insects of every type, cicadas emerging, spiders spinning. There are many flowers in bloom and the observant will see hummingbirds flitting about.
This is the time of year when snakes can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks, but they often return into hiding if they detect sound or movement, so one must move slowly and carefully in order to see them.
There are finches on the very tall flowers and you may see other birds gathering for the fall migration. A trained eye like Brian Wylie’s can spot wildlife that many people might not notice.
Join him on August 20, 10 am
The session is free and open to all. Guests are requested to bring a chair and wear a hat. They will spend 1 hour in the full sun of the garden. The event will be cancelled in the event of rain.
The Urquhart Butterfly Garden is immediately adjacent to Centennial Park and the Hamilton Air Force Association at 128 King St. E in Dundas.
There is plenty of free parking and the location is easily accessible by public transportation or bicycle.
Sponsored by the Dougher Foundation & Hamilton Naturalist’ Club