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The FWG loves its volunteers

FWG volunteers - Elizabeth Powles, Melanie Lyons, Catherine Shearer, plus 3 others - recognized for their exceptional work at the garden by Ted Farnworth At this year’s end-of-season brunch for volunteers, the Fletcher Wildlife Garden Management Committee presented volunteer recognition certificates to Christine Hanrahan, Sara Jinha, Melanie Lyons, Elizabeth Powles, Catherine Shearer, and Michelle St-Germaine. [...]

2017-12-30T21:42:37+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Meteors and meteorites – rocks from the sky

Howard Simkover, middle, in discussion with a guest after his presentation while other OFNC members examine samples of his "rocks from the sky." by Michael Swinton [Editor's note: Mike Swinton is a new member of the OFNC and the November 14 monthly meeting was his first. He took photos and notes and very kindly shared [...]

2017-12-30T21:46:19+00:00 November 20th, 2017|OFNC event|

Wild goose chase: OFNC birding outing

Our morning started at Petrie Island, with a calm breeze, blue skies, and soothing sunshine.  by Nina Stavlund and Tony Beck On 4 October, 34 excited birders met at Petrie Island where we started our "Wild Goose Chase" with the OFNC. After Petrie Island and a quick comfort stop at Tim Hortons, we went to [...]

2017-12-30T21:49:40+00:00 November 5th, 2017|OFNC event|

FWG gets outside help

Volunteers from the TD Bank dug up an aggressively spreading patch of Comfrey near Prince of Wales Drive. by Ted Farnworth Mountain of Dog-strangling Vine removed by Royal Ottawa volunteers. Price Waterhouse Coopers, the Royal Ottawa, TD Bank, Ernst & Young, and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. What do they have in common? Well, each [...]

2017-10-09T19:17:04+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Dead on the road

Holly Jasmine Long, Brittany Quesnel, and David Seburn collect data on a turtle found during 1 of 57 road surveys across eastern Ontario this summer. Photo by Brandon Holden. by David Seburn [Note: This is the third in a series of blog posts on a project of the OFNC and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. See also: [...]

2017-10-02T23:31:15+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Research|

Birding for beginners at the FWG

After a brief introduction to birding, Dave led participants around the trails at the FWG to see what birds could be found...  by Sandy Garland This spring, we were delighted when Dave Moore agreed to give three workshops for people who want to get started in bird watching or birding. The first two have been [...]

2017-08-16T16:08:13+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

A Carleton day of service

A team of enthusiastic Carleton students helped turn a field of DSV into a wildflower meadow... by Sandy Garland Just across the canal from the FWG, Carleton University has been a good neighbour to us over the years. Most recently, students have been volunteering at the garden during their annual Carleton Serves day in the [...]

2017-08-16T16:08:34+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Mission Monarch

The FWG is participating in Mission Monarch, a survey of Monarch caterpillars across Canada... by Sandy Garland Just as we were about to give up hope, we noticed this large caterpillar peaking over the edge of a leaf that it was systematically devouring. Last Saturday (July 22), Daphné Laurier Montpetit of Montréal's Insectarium [...]

2017-08-16T16:08:55+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Build it and they will hatch

One way to help ensure survival of hatchling turtles is to "cage" the nest of eggs as soon as they've been laid - harder than it sounds... by David Seburn [Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts on a project of the OFNC and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The first was [...]

2017-08-16T16:09:23+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Research|

Manion Corners Butterfly Count, 8 July 2017

Butterfly count organizer, Jeff Skevington (above), reports low numbers of species and individuals this year... by Jeff Skevington, photos by Angela Skevington Twenty-six participants had a fun day on the count this year, but were challenged by both water levels and weather. Heavy storms the night before left all of the vegetation wet. This, combined [...]

2017-08-16T16:09:46+00:00 July 13th, 2017|OFNC event|