Blog – Message 2

Message 2

 

Activities:

 
  • Our good friend Patrick Gravel who is teaching the Nature Mentor Training with Steve put this amazing video together. You will learn a song about tracking he wrote recently before our tracking workshop You will also get a tour of his sweet shelter, and learn about the identification of ash and maple trees when there are no leaves! It’s not too late to go follow some trails! The questions the song mentions are great ones to ask when you find an interesting set of tracks:

  • Who?
    • What species, male/female, what age, who is this individual?
  • What?
    • A question of interpretation: what happened here?
    • What was the animal doing? running, walking, jumping … a question of gaits!
      • Check out this video to learn more about the different ways animals move.
    • Try to make a game out of this with your kids!
  • When?
    • How long ago was this track made?
      • Get real close to the trail and look at the edge of the track and compare it to a fresh track that you make next to it.
  • Where?
    • On the other end of these tracks is the animal, where is this animal right now? Use your imagination, and/or follow the trail!
  • How?
    • How did the animal feel? Happy, sad, scared, excited?
    • This is the question of empathy, putting yourself in the shoes of the animal.
  • Why?
    • Consider the vast world of ecology- why is this track here, now?
      • Why does the raccoon cruise along this creek right now?
      • Why is this deer track in this part of the field?
 
  • Here are the words to his song:
Pas à pas j’avance avec toi
Pour suivre les traces de tes doigts
Tes empreintes sur le sol
Sont comme une corde qui nous raccorde
 
Qui, quoi, quand, où, comment, pourquoi,
Sont les questions qui me relient à toi
Qui, quoi, quand, où, comment, pourquoi?
Qui, quoi, quand, où, comment, pourquoi?
 
 
  • A 10 day sit spot challenge has begun ! Join our facebook group here a place to share your experiences/reflections and share nature mysteries and discoveries! What’s a sit spot? Find an area outside where you sit, and observe nature for at least 20 minutes. Reflect on life, explore the natural world, focus on your senses, ask a question, draw a picture, draw a map of what you see, share some gratitude for the good things in life, or find some inspiration from the wild ones around us- there’s so much to do at your sit spot.

Resources:

 
  • How to make a regular schedule for your child no longer in school? Here are some sample schedules to inspire you!
  • An interesting article with an animated graphic that describes the benefits of social distancing. It’s very useful to better understand what the strategy means.

Poem:

Here is an inspiring poem you might enjoy reading! It was written a few days into the COVID-19 crisis.

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.


And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.


Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

Mutual aid support groups in Montreal:

Here is a list of local: Neighborhood-based COVID-19 pandemic mutual aid support groups in Montreal. Check out your neighborhood and see where people are at!

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