Catching Nature’s Bug
Last month, while cleaning out a file I came upon a printed copy of our popular Lady Beetle Survey from nearly 20 years ago. It was our organization’s first project involving citizen scientists surveying for native lady beetles in Canada and helped us raise awareness about the importance of insects in the web of life.
Low and behold a few days later I got a delightful email from one of our members, Linda asking for a copy of that very Lady Beetle guide. She let me know that she joined Nature Canada because of the wonderful experience of participating in the survey with her children years ago…
“I now find myself wanting to initiate my grandson into the wonders of nature and cannot find my poster of the native Ladybird Beetles nor another of similar quality on the Internet. I have not seen a native Ladybird Beetle in several years as the Asian version proliferated by garden centres has rendered them impossible to locate. If you can help me in any way I would greatly appreciate it. I am a monthly donor to Nature Canada and am proud to be a member!”
I thought “Wow” – what great timing, I had just scanned a version of the paper copy and could immediately email it to her so she could use with her grandson right away. I thanked her too for being such a dedicated member supporting us for over two decades! But especially for caring so much about nature to pass her love of nature on first to her children and now to her grandson. It just made my heart soar to know that.
She replied that:
“I’m planning on printing a copy of the poster so my grandson and I can hunt Ladybugs in my back yard. He lives in Toronto and although he has a small yard, it isn’t nearly as “buggy” as Grandma’s Napanee yard which borders on a huge green space.
I joined Nature Canada because of an interview I saw on the now long gone “At Discovery.ca”, a science based news magazine show from the early ’90’s. A fellow introduced the plight of the native Canadian Lady Beetle and that started a long and satisfying relationship that has encompassed a worm as well as a frog survey, and I still have the posters for those. My grandson has a lot of nature in store for him thanks to Nature Canada.”
I hope others reading Linda’s story today will also consider taking time to get outside to walk hand-in- hand with your child or grandchild to show them all the critters and excitement in nature.
Linda tells me:
“I am trying to impart my life-long love of Nature to my three year old grandson. He has a lust for knowledge and I have a wealth of natural history and many aspects of nature lore to pass on to him as my own mother did to me. It is indeed unfortunate that my mother is not alive to know the joy of her great grandson, but her knowledge and love of all things natural is alive in me and he will know her through me.
He is well on his way to falling in love with Nature, not an easy task growing up in Toronto, but, as the saying goes, love will conquer all”