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NCC’s anti-buckthorn squad

Mission: eliminate buckthorn at the alvar in Aylmer, Quebec From the Nature Conservancy of Canada La version française suit Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Protects High Biodiversity Natural Habitats. The alvar is a type of rare habitat worldwide characterized by outcrops of limestone and colonized by a very specific plant community. The largest portion of [...]

2018-10-07T01:00:48+00:00 October 7th, 2018|News|

There’s a turtle team?!

After a washed out turtle nest was reported, the eggs were salvaged, examined, and reburied safely by OFNC member Dave Seburn and his "turtle team" - Hannah, Hannah, and Mackenzie. by Sandy Garland A rescue mission ended successfully today (July 27), but a happy ending depends on 28 baby turtles, now safely buried at the [...]

2018-08-24T18:29:47+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Gatineau Park birding outing

OFNC members compare bird songs, learn nesting etiquette, and enjoy spectacular birding along Gatineau trails.  by Sophie Roy with photos by Norbert Haché On the 9th of June, members of the OFNC enjoyed the birds of Gatineau park with leaders Justin Peter and Sophie Roy.  26 people attended the outing this year. As usual, we [...]

2018-08-24T18:30:27+00:00 July 11th, 2018|OFNC event|

Restoring the gully at the FWG

One FWG volunteer is reclaiming a wet meadow from invasive species and planting it with sedges, Swamp Milkweed, Meadowsweet, and other local wetland species.  by Sandy Garland, photos and strategy by Catherine Shearer Bumble bee visiting Comfrey flowers. Photo by Catherine Shearer. Catherine Shearer, who received a volunteer recognition award from the FWG [...]

2018-08-24T18:50:22+00:00 June 30th, 2018|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

The private lives of our native bees: talk and walk

by Lynn Ovenden, photos by Renate Sander-Regier Jessica Forrest checking her net for bees in the backyard garden at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. Bees are big this year. On May 12, the Wild Pollinator Partners network, led by Sandy Garland and Renate Sander-Regier, hosted a workshop on bees at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden [...]

2018-05-24T12:59:02+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Budding naturalists: OFNC award winners at the science fair

by Lucy Patterson How is plant growth affected by grey water? How can we build better passageways around dams for migrating fish? How does ocean acidification affect clam shells? These questions and more were tackled by bright young scientists at this year’s Ottawa Regional Science Fair. During this event, which occurred on April 6 and 7, [...]

2018-04-17T00:56:46+00:00 April 16th, 2018|News|

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|