Skeleton Park Festival Conversations

On Saturday June 23rd, members of Wellington X tabled at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival. Thank you to everyone who stopped by.  We reconnected with old supporters and met new ones.  We sold t-shirts and banners as we did in 2016. Thank you, Craftivists, for your help with the screen-printing!

It has been a little while since we have canvassed the neighbourhoods so we decided to offer a paper survey asking festival attendees two questions:

  1. What do you like most about living in Kingston?
  2. What are you most worried about in Kingston?

Below are word clouds based on the responses we received to these questions. The word clouds speak for themselves so we won’t do any heavy-duty analysis of the responses, other than to say that people are feeling both good and worried about this city! (Apologies to those whose handwriting we couldn’t quite read.) We hope that in general and leading up to the municipal election folks feel up to standing up for what they like and fighting what they fear.

— Sayyida Jaffer

I like:

I’m worried about:


Screenprinting Parties Coming Soon!

Join Wellington X and Barb Danielewski on Thursday June 9 and Thurs June 16 for a screenprinting party! No experience necessary. Barb will be on hand to show us the ropes! We will be printing t-shirts and pennants with groovy sayings and images to sell at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival and on other occasions.

This event is free, however, and if you come help us out you can walk away with your own t-shirt and banner. We do encourage people to bring their own t-shirt and/or piece of fabric if they have ones they want to use, but if not, we will have a good selection on hand.

On that note, we are looking for t-shirts and fabric to add to our collection. If you would like to donate, you can drop them off at Minotaur (78 Princess St.)

Both Thursdays we will meet from 6-9pm at 75 Queen St (ramp entrance).
You can RSVP on facebook here.

Spring Wildlife Tour

On Sunday April 10th, 30 people braved the unseasonably cold, spring morning for the Spring Wildlife Tour of the Inner Harbour, co-hosted by the Kingston Field Naturalists and Wellington X.

Our tour guides, Lesley Rudy and Gaye Beckwith, took us on a lovely walk along the water in Douglas Fluhrer Park, and then along the trail to Belle Island. Various Kingston Field Naturalists, including Paul McKenzie, Janis Grant and Mike, were kind enough to bring and share their telescopes and binoculars. Thank you!

Along the route, we also stopped at the narrowest point in Douglas Fluhrer Park to note that if the Wellington Street Extension were to be built, that with a 26 metre right-of-way there would be no park left. We also talked about the City of Kingston’s upcoming Community Visioning Exercise that will feed into the Secondary Plan Process, and the importance of community participation in upcoming city meetings, so that we can not only strongly articulate our opposition to the WSE, but also affirm our support for public waterfront access, public green space, sustainable transportation and so much more.

On our walk, we saw and heard 31 different species of birds, including red-winged black birds, golden-crowned kinglets, goldfinches, chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers. We also saw the handiwork of some beavers.

2016-04-10 spring tour beavers

Gaye also told us about, a website where you can document the species you see in different locations around the world. I was curious, so I logged in and saw that in Douglas Fluhrer Park 78 species of birds have been reported being seen. And in Belle Park 87 species have been seen. It’s pretty amazing that we can see this level of biodiversity in our neighbourhood. Gaye and others reported the 31 species we saw that morning. The list is below.

If you would like to do some bird watching, Kingston Field Naturalists are hosting bird walks every Wednesday in May at Lemoine Point (south entrance near the airport) at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm. Please bring your own binoculars. For more info about this, please contact Gaye: beckwithb(at)sympatico(dot)ca or 613-376-3716.

– Sayyida Jaffer

2016-04-10 spring tour group

31 species total (reported on April 10th). Note that an x is indicated when the number of that species was not able to be verified (i.e., too many in a group, etc).

  • 10 Canada Goose
  • 1 Gadwall
  • 6 Mallard
  • 200 Greater Scaup
  • 12 Bufflehead
  • 1 Common Loon
  • 35 Double-crested Cormorant
  • 2 Great Blue Heron
  • X Ring-billed Gull
  • 6 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
  • 2 Mourning Dove
  • 1 Downy Woodpecker
  • 1 Hairy Woodpecker
  • 2 Northern Flicker
  • 1 Pileated Woodpecker
  • 1 Blue Jay
  • X American Crow
  • 2 Black-capped Chickadee
  • 3 White-breasted Nuthatch
  • 3 Brown Creeper
  • 5 Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • 9 American Robin
  • X European Starling
  • 1 American Tree Sparrow
  • 1 Dark-eyed Junco
  • X Song Sparrow
  • 4 Northern Cardinal
  • X Red-winged Blackbird
  • X Common Grackle
  • 5 American Goldfinch
  • 2 House Sparrow