Field notes: our OFNC blog

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

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: , |

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. Although we appreciate all our volunteers and the hard work they do, these six "exceed expectations" and deserve special thanks. Christine Hanrahan Christine has been [...]

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|Tags: , |

Plaque honouring James Fletcher

OFNC's historian, Dan Brunton (left), was on hand to provide background when Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment, unveiled a plaque recognizing James Fletcher  By Ted Farnworth On February 15, 2016, James Fletcher was designated a national historic person of Canada by Parks Canada. A plaque to honour him was dedicated on November 9, 2017 by Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment. Invited guests included Fletcher Wildlife Garden volunteers, Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club members, and officials and staff  from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Canadian Museum [...]

November 29th, 2017|Categories: 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 them and his impressions of the meeting here. Thanks also to Howard Simkover, who was kind enough to clarify technical points.] Arrival There was a [...]

November 20th, 2017|Categories: OFNC event|Tags: , |

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 the Navan area to see Sandhill Cranes among the waterfowl. Venturing out to the Casselman area, we spotted several hawks, harriers, and a few American Pipits [...]

November 5th, 2017|Categories: OFNC event|Tags: , , , , , , |