Field notes: our OFNC blog

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Field notes: our OFNC blog 2018-01-04T14:38:10+00:00

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 at Carleton University’s “Raven’s Nest,” 164 students in grades 7-12 from the Ottawa-Gatineau region came together to present their science projects. Since 1961, this [...]

April 16th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

Back Yard Garden Black Locust Trees

By Ted Farnworth Stumps of two Black Locust trees removed from the edge of the Backyard Garden this week. Over the years we have watched the Black Locust trees spread up the north side of the ravine at the FWG. The week or so when they are in bloom has brought many oohs and awes from visitors, especially photographers. But as the locusts have grown, they have started to encroach on the Backyard Garden. In fact, they have [...]

April 15th, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|Tags: , |

CFN Issue 131(3) is online now – have you read it?

By William Halliday, Journal Manager of CFN Have you read the latest issue of The Canadian Field-Naturalist (CFN) yet? CFN is a peer-reviewed scientific journal, which is run by the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club (OFNC). CFN publishes articles and notes on all aspects of natural history in Canada, including articles documenting new species to Canada, novel behaviours of animals, and studies of the relationships between living organisms and the environment. CFN (including its predecessors) has been published continuously since 1880, providing [...]

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: CFN|Tags: |

The FWG’s Amphibian Pond – 2017

by Ted Farnworth   South bank of the pond spread with topsoil ready for planting, spring 2017 The rejuvenation of the Amphibian Pond, started in earnest in the fall of 2016, when a contractor brought in heavy duty equipment to dredge out the bottom sediment and spread it out along the south bank of the pond. Early in the spring of 2017, the contractor came back to finish off the pathway around the pond, and spread topsoil around [...]

March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|Tags: , |

Nature Quiz: What’s the Story Here? (Feb. 10, 2018)

Macoun Club members discover looped tree (White Pine) On Macoun Club field trips, we regularly encounter strangely shaped trees that are hard to figure out. On last weekend’s outing to Pakenham we found this sturdy White Pine sapling that had formed a complete loop. The tree had recently died, so we collected the loop for the upcoming Awards Night nature quiz. The annual rings at the base showed it to be 61 years old. It had been growing [...]

February 12th, 2018|Categories: Macoun Field Club|Tags: , |

Some success pulling Dog Strangling Vine in 2017

By Ted Farnworth Picked DSV in early June 2017 Most years we spend a lot of time battling Dog Strangling Vine (DSV) at the FWG. Over the years, we have developed many techniques. The most labour intensive method is “just pulling the plant.” This very low tech activity is ideal for many people because it can be done at any time during the growing season, it can be done by an individual or a group, and depending on [...]

February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Alta Vista birding

January 28th, 2018 We had a good morning traipsing through parts of the Alta Vista neighbourhood looking for birds. We found some of the “best birds” before even leaving our meeting place at the Billings Bridge shopping centre parking lot. Dave spotted a Peregrine Falcon perched on a nearby building, and then a second one. Jakob picked out a Pileated Woodpecker in the large trees near the Rideau River. After checking out the duck gathering in open water under the [...]

January 29th, 2018|Categories: OFNC event|Tags: |

Birding in the bleak mid-winter

Thanks to all the participants in the field trip January 27th, “Birding in the Bleak midwinter-searching for life on the Rideau River”. We had a grand total of 14 species in our three stops (two eBird checklists-Hurdman was combined with the stop at the Adàwe Crossing).  It proved to be a bit bleaker than hoped, since some of the specialty birds were not present. Also, the planned walk to Carleton University had to be cancelled due to icy conditions. However, [...]

January 29th, 2018|Categories: OFNC event|Tags: |

Fun in the sun, at the beginning of winter (Dec. 16, 2017)

The Pakenham Hills were perfect for a field trip today — fresh, fluffy snow six inches deep that we could walk through easily, unusual rocks and logs to play on, and abundant dry firewood for a lunch fire. The forest was criss-crossed with tracks we identified as Coyote, Snowshoe Hare, White-tailed Deer, Fisher, and various small mammals — weasels, voles, mice, and shrews. We saw three deer, too, and an immature Bald Eagle. Turkeys had kicked up the leaf litter [...]

December 17th, 2017|Categories: Macoun Field Club|Tags: , |