An Orgne air ambulance flight crew captured this photo of a maple leaf in a field yesterday (June 28) as they returned from Peterborough and shared it on Twitter.
Here’s the original tweet and photo from Ornge.
— Ornge (@Ornge) June 29, 2017
When we first posted this story, we didn’t know the location or who made it, but thanks to social media a couple of people helped us out (a tip of the hat to Donna and James).
The maple leaf is located in Whitby, southwest of Brooklin, on the edge of the Heber Down Conservation Area, across from the North Whitby Off-Leash Dog Park and the Whitby Aeromodellers RC Club.
It’s the first step of Central Lake Ontario Conservation’s Canada 150 Project at Heber Down Conservation Area. Here’s a drone video of the maple leaf, which was completed in early June:
VIDEO: Drone Flight Over Heber Down Conservation Area’s Canada 150 Project
Information under the video describes the project in more detail:
“The first step in cutting the area in the shape of a 3-acre maple leaf was completed in early June. The project was first designed in our GIS Department then marked in the field using GPS coordinates to guide the areas staff in cutting the grass.
“The project is scheduled to be completed in late fall and will include a 750 metre accessible trail loop, picnic areas with a shelter, washroom facilities and a new viewing platform for our raptor watch program. The Canada 150 Project is currently under construction across from the Whitby leash-free dog park and the end of Cochrane Street, south of Winchester Road West.”
“This will be a wonderful addition to the north-east corner of Heber Down Conservation Area for visitors looking to relax, enjoy some family time and reconnect with the natural environment.
Thank you to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for funding the project and Jonnell Santa Rosa from the Whitby Aero Modellers RC Club for the drone flight.”