Candace Savage is a Saskatoon author and the chair of Wild about Saskatoon. "If there was ever a time when conservation could be relegated to some imagined far-away wilderness, that moment is long past. These days, we need to protect the beauty and abundance of life wherever we are and in whatever ways we can."
I never really thought of cities as habitats before. Birds (and rodents, and the occasional wild animal) were just there. These art projects have helped me realize that cities aren’t human spaces surrounded by wild spaces, but rather that habitats overlap and continue, that wildlife travel through and live in our city.
We find it extremely important to have wild spaces in our cities as ways to get away from the busy bustle of city life and to reconnect with nature regularly. Spending time outdoors makes for a happier more content individual. The sounds, smells and visuals of wild spaces are soothing and comforting. They also act as places of community and sharing. There is nothing more satisfying than sharing a great conversation with a stranger in the middle of a city park or green space.
In this short post I hope to reflect on the question "How can we nurture our wildest dreams for this city? Well, I think wild dreams come from inside us and they become real through chance meetings, unexpected conversations, and unique partnerships and I believe they are sprouting around us all the time. So what does it mean to encourage and support these serendipities?
Nature and water are easy to connect with and love in wilderness or rural settings. We leave the trappings of the city behind us - the bigger the city, the more noise, pavement, cars and pollution - and travel into the heart of the natural world. But for those of us who both live in cities and lovenature, it is imperative we find ways to support nature and waterways in our communities.
This week, we are thrilled to share with you some WILD RECIPES from Saskatoon-based ethnobotanist and NatureCity Festival organizer Sandra Walker. Join Sandra during NatureCity Festival, for her 'walkshop' A Path to Wild Foods on May 27th. Find out more information here.
In this Call of the Wild entry, we will look at the perennial herb Bergamot or WILD Bee-Balm.
The land the Northeast Swale can be found on is a library, with at least a 10, 000 year history. It has soil made of sand, clay and silt, spread throughout by rhizomes, occupied by seeds, spores, bacteria and fungi. Some of those seeds will only germinate in a dry spring, some only in a wet spring. Some will wait for as long as necessary. Some will only germinate after a long cold winter, and some need a series of long cold winters.