East Neighbourhood

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Urban Ecosystems

Ecosystem · Écosystème · Bimaadiziwi-nitaawigichigewin

Bees are one of many creatures found throughout the city. Photo: NORDIK Institute, 2014

You don’t need to go far to experience the beauty of nature. There are dozens of species of animals and plants that thrive right in our backyards. Trees in the neighbourhood provide food and shelter for many creatures, like insects, squirrels, and birds. Keep your eyes and ears open for the flash of a squirrel’s tail or the loud song of Barbara Blue Jay.

It is important to take good care of the urban ecosystem so that this space is safe for plants, animals, and people. We can do our part by cleaning up litter, reducing pollution, and planting species that grow naturally in this area.

Challenge Yourself!

  • Test your knowledge

  • Question 1

    Which three items do blue jays eat?

  • Question 2

    How do you say “blue jay” in French and Anishinaabemowin?

  • Question 3

    The blue jay is the provincial bird of Prince Edward Island. What is the provincial bird of Ontario?

  • Question 4

    Which tree is not native to this area?

  • You did great!

Think about it…

What animals do you think lived in your area before your house was built? What can you do to maintain a healthy ecosystem?