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Using leaves, animal hair, spider silk, shells, stones, twine and grasses, birds build sophisticated structures that incorporate air conditioning, humidity controls, waterproofing and camouflage.There’s an interesting parallel to contemplate, looking past the twigs towards architect Raymond Moriyama’s 65-metre bridge straddling the valley to link the Centre’s exhibit halls.
The rotting trunk that’s channeling the voice of Bublé has an older – but similarly patriotic – provenance.It comes from a silver maple which grew on Laing Street in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood until a high wind knocked it over in July 2013.It was a fallen leaf from that very tree that is said to have inspired Alexander Muir – poet, soldier, school principal – to compose "The Maple Leaf Forever" in 1867 for Canada's Confederation.It remains Canada's most popular patriotic song next to "O Canada", which didn’t officially become our national anthem in both official languages until 1980.I am confident the Ontario Science Centre is the first and only place on Earth where you can listen to the voice of Michael Bublé emanating from the rotting trunk of a tree. The tree slide, like everything else along the trail, has a story to tell. It’s also a remarkable connection with a piece of Canadian history. The fact that the birdsong is competing with the hoots of summer-vacationing kids sliding down a nearby tree just makes it better.
After a particularly brutal Toronto winter – which included the coldest February in our recorded history – to walk the wood-chipped path of our newly-opened Cohon Family Nature Escape, sniffing the green and humid scents of a thriving forest, feels like liberation.
It was carved from an Eastern White Pine that grew in in the midst of the Centre’s 73 hectares of wooded slopes, ravine and wetland property for 125 years.
Weakened by carpenter ants, it was finally felled by high winds in 2012.
It took 500 hours to design, engineer, carve, preserve and install in its new form.
Then there’s the weird-looking bulb of woven willow branches surrounding a raised lookout platform.
It’s the closest thing you can get to experiencing the inside of a nest constructed by a Baltimore Oriole.