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Biocontrol of Dog-strangling Vine

Does Hypena opulenta prefer DSV grown in the sun or does it thrive better on shade-grown plants? by Sharla Foster, MSc candidate, University of Ottawa and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Dog-strangling vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum, DSV) has been plaguing Ontario and Quebec for decades. With few effective control strategies practical for use at large scales, the biocontrol [...]

2019-10-07T19:55:21+00:00 October 7th, 2019|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Baby Snapping Turtles

Much excitement at the FWG on Tuesday morning, when we discovered that a much-watched nest was open. by Sandy Garland A turtle nest cage consists of a wooden frame with a wire grid over the top to prevent digging. It's placed over the nest with wedges under the edges to allow hatching turtles to [...]

2019-10-02T08:32:59+00:00 October 2nd, 2019|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Birding Petrie Island

We saw many of these plants loaded with colourful red berries, “highbush cranberries,” either the native North American or introduced European subspecies of Viburnum opulus. According to the experts present, these berries are edible, but when raw they are very sour, and have an unpleasant taste and smell. According to one source, “When you eat these berries [...]

2019-10-15T11:07:04+00:00 September 13th, 2019|OFNC event|

Carlington Woods – a fine place for a nature walk

Carlington Woods is a natural wonder in the middle of the city. by Bev McBride What a treat it was to go on the Carlington Woods Ramble this morning! This was a joint event with the OFNC and the Friends of Carlington Hill. Convener-leader Owen Clarkin met the group at the trailhead. It was a [...]

2019-08-11T17:53:43+00:00 August 11th, 2019|OFNC event|

Finding pollinators at the FWG

Our Backyard Garden was the hot spot for pollinators on this sunny July afternoon. by Sandy Garland The only way to learn to identify pollinators is to keep looking for them. As a member of the Wild Pollinator Partners network, the FWG has been participating in a number of pollinator surveys this year. We want [...]

2019-07-24T17:34:49+00:00 July 24th, 2019|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

OFNC butterfly count 2019

Three new species and new record high counts for eight others in this year's butterfly count. by Jeff Skevington The final totals are all in for yesterday's (6 July 2019) OFNC butterfly count, and we ended up with 1143 butterflies of 48 species. The count diversity was average but higher than expected, because we missed [...]

2019-07-07T21:48:22+00:00 July 7th, 2019|OFNC event|

Trip to Rockcliffe Airport woods

by Greg Zbitnew, photo of Northern Parula by Sandra Dashney On 11 May, 17 enthusiasts enjoyed a trip to the east end's little known gem, the woods and fields east of the Rockcliffe Airport. Conditions and results were excellent for mid-migration, just prior to the peak. Quite a few birds had just arrived - literally [...]

2019-05-14T10:58:18+00:00 May 14th, 2019|OFNC event|

Transit Explorer Series (Dominion) trip a success!

Beachcombing at Westboro Beach: what plant does this come from? by Bev McBride A small but appreciative crowd of two, including the leader, had a great, nature-focussed trek around the general area accessible from the Dominion Transitway station. We both arrived by bus. It was supposed to be pouring rain, but we had none. There [...]

2019-04-20T18:54:14+00:00 April 20th, 2019|OFNC event|

Stand up for species at risk

from the Conservation Committee of the OFNC The question is simple really. Do you care about species at risk? Do you care about Barn Swallows, Blanding’s Turtles, Eastern Whip-poor-wills, or Monarch Butterflies? If you care about these species and the other 200 species at risk in Ontario, then it is time to stand up for [...]

2019-02-11T20:32:38+00:00 February 11th, 2019|Conservation|

Birding in bleak mid-winter

Report on the 26 January 2019 field trip along the Rideau River by Gregory Zbitnew Nine participants enjoyed a pleasantly bleak mid-winter morning near Hurdman, the Adawe Bridge, and Billings Bridge. Conditions were actually almost pleasant, or at any rate only slightly uncomfortable, with average temperatures, little wind, and a bit of sun. We saw 15 species [...]

2019-01-29T16:47:36+00:00 January 29th, 2019|OFNC event|