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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|

Hunting for the elusive Blanding’s Turtle

Brandon Holden (pictured above) and David Seburn set out in search of the threatened Blanding’s Turtle... by David Seburn and Brandon Holden The Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club has partnered with the Canadian Wildlife Federation on a turtle conservation project in the Ottawa area. This is the first in a series of blog posts on this work. [...]

2017-08-16T16:10:05+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Research|

Andrenid bees at the FWG

by Christine Hanrahan Originally posted in May 2011 About 5 years ago, I discovered an aggregation of Andrenid bees nesting on the north slope of the Amphibian Pond. At that time they were in one location only. The next year I went back to the pond in early spring, hoping to find them. It wasn't [...]

2018-01-03T00:33:51+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

FWG: “One of nine top garden destinations in Canada”

by John Davidson Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) The Fletcher Wildlife Garden is included in one of the nine best gardens in Canada to visit, according to travel writer Katharine Fletcher. The article features several highlights in and around the Central Experimental Farm. About FWG, she writes, "Immediately adjacent to the Arboretum find the [...]

2018-01-03T00:33:09+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Gatineau park outing

by Sophie Roy On May 20, 21 birders enjoyed the bird life of Gatineau Park, with leaders Justin Peter and yours truly. Photo by Norbert Haché The group started the day off well with two Black-Billed Cuckoos calling at the meeting point, at P8. After birding the parking lot we headed to the nearby [...]

2017-06-02T16:41:41+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|OFNC event|

The regeneration begins

by John Davidson Michelle and other volunteers planted 1100 native plants on the south side of our pond today. One of the highlights of Fletcher Wildlife Garden—the Amphibian Pond—has undergone a major, and necessary reconstruction since last fall. Over the years, the pond had become a victim of invasive plant species which had [...]

2018-01-03T00:35:07+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

2017 OFNC award winners at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair

by Lucy Patterson A raven’s view of the Ottawa Regional Science Fair at Carleton University It is that time of year again - when young scientists come together to present their science projects at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair. On March 31st and April 1st, 2017, students from grades 7 to 12 from [...]

2018-04-10T17:13:38+00:00 April 10th, 2017|News|

Victory! An end to the Snapping Turtle hunt

by David Seburn "Snapping Turtles take about 20 years to reach maturity in Ontario" - that's a long time to survive before being able to reproduce! (photo by David Seburn) Earlier this year, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) released proposed changes to the hunting regulations for the province. Among them [...]

2017-04-10T13:06:02+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Conservation|

Mudpuppy night for the OFNC

photos by Bill Bowman According to Fred Schueler, Kemptville Creek, just below the dam at Oxford Mills, is the only place in Ontario where our giant aquatic Salamanders can be easily viewed during their winter activity. Searching for salamanders at this site is a regular weekly event for Fred, and he has [...]

2017-02-20T23:40:15+00:00 February 20th, 2017|OFNC event|