A slow week, as temperatures in the Park, as at YVR, have hovered around 30 º, but whilst we mammals try to keep cool in the heatwave, the reptiles love to bask in it. The turtles have been lounging on the side of the pond and there have been more sightings of beautiful Garter Snakes, including one swimming. When they swim, which they love to do, they just zip across the water, as though jet-propelled.
The blueberries are ripening, more and more each day, providing food for many birds and small mammals. Warm-blooded creatures can more easily access the energy stored in vegetation than cold-blooded creatures can, and they tend to have more complicated digestive systems to be able to do so. Snakes, on the other hand, only eat meat, it is a far more energy efficient food for them because of their cold blood. Another benefit is that they have smaller amounts of faeces, important when you are an easily predated animal.
Red Leaf in Toronto have sent us two new volunteers from France, Anna-Livia and Carlos. Anna-Livia is helping with the wildlife garden and trail maintenance and Carlos is assisting with the summer porgrams. For part of the week, we are lucky to have Rob back. He was the School Programs assistant last year after he completed his initial teacher training and then ran the summer programs for us along with Kat.
Posted by Janis.