Wildlife Count by Debbie O'Rourke: Humber Bay Park East, Toronto

Lake Ontario Shore, Humber Bay Park March 2002: crayon drawing

At Humber Bay Park West, careful civic design permits urban processes such as the dumping of construction landfill and the filtration of stormwater to come together in a park that combines intensive and growing human use with wildlife habitat recovery. Giant driftwood logs are a permanent feature of the Great Lakes shoreline. By recording the presence of wildlife in drawings, writing and, most visibly, in low-relief carvings on one of the beach logs, I could document the effects of one attempt to "repopulate" the shoreline: traditionally such an important site for human and animal activity.

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