Contributed by Diana Cooper, Green Cluster, Economic Development Office
Tuesday morning, we watched two beautiful coyotes cross our field and disappear into the woods, heading for the Millennium Trail that would take them safely over to Hagerman’s Woods. They looked much bigger then the coyotes that roamed the same field when I was a kid. My son had a dozen questions that I couldn’t answer but I knew who could. I e-mailed local naturalist, Terry Sprague for some insight.
Terry knows every nook and cranny in Prince Edward County, not to mention every flower, bird and animal, and is considered a local treasure by most of us. He sent me a detailed, thoughtful reply explaining some history and theories about the local coyote population.
We are fortunate in Prince Edward County to have several active and knowledgeable individuals and organizations to help educate and monitor the wilderness around us: The Prince Edward Stewardship Council, Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust, Prince Edward County Field Naturalists and Friends of Sandbanks Provincial Parks, to name a few.
If you want to find some wilderness in our rural landscape, there are some great conservation areas like Macaulay Mountain, Little Bluff and Beaver Meadow. These are managed by Quinte Conservation and offer incredible opportunities to be in wild spaces. Sandbanks Provincial Park is a national jewel and is always in season as a wild place.
My son is scanning the woods and fencerows for more signs of spring and continues to discover the wild all around him. This vibrant and thrilling wilderness thriving in our backyard reinforces our resolution to continue our pursuit of living as green a life as we can here in Prince Edward County. What is wild in your backyard these days?