2020 OPA Winter Sward

Musings - Winter 2020 ( Continued from page 9)

As mentioned above, this is not the first time global heating has caused ice shelves to melt. Another glacier in August 2019, Iceland’s Okjökull glacier, once located on top of the Ok volcano, completely melted, prompting experts to declare it “dead.” Check out their websites if interested further. The Species at Risk Act evaluates the status of plants, fungi, and animals across Canada. They maintain a species list that identifies species at risk of extinction or extirpation and places them on a scale of risk. A team effort between botany, horticulture, and natural lands teams declare that four trees native to Ontario are all listed as endangered. They are the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata), the Butternut (Juglans cinerea), Red Mulberry (Morus rubrus), and the Eastern Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida). Considerable efforts are being made by this team to reproduce and replant these species through collections and nature sanctuaries. “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Alexander den Heidjer

Okay, so it is not going to be easy. Buckle up, mask up, wash up, but make sure you are upstream from the herd, and let’s go. This too will pass. “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C. Maxwell “Every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good, make sure you enjoy it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way.” Jenni Young “I wish you enough, be grateful for what you have, and you can be happy if you give more than you take.”

Tom Clancy candtclancy@rogers.com 519 -748-0377

The Green Sward - Winter 2020

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