It was all about the birds today starting off with some basic habitat concepts and learning about the birds that frequent the gardens. The youth went for a “scavenger hunt” exploring the forest area and searching for bird and animal habitat features and looking for clues where particular birds and other animals nest or spend time, for example animal tracks and droppings or bird sounds. Strathcona and Cottonwood Gardens are quite remarkable considering their inner city location. In these gardens it feels like we are out of the city. More importantly, the forest gardens provide exceptional habitat for many animals, so provide a fantastic educational opportunity close to where the youth live and go to school. In the afternoon we spent time building chickadee and flicker bird houses with some youth planting in the native plant demo garden.