Field notes: our OFNC blog

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

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: , , , , , , |

Ontario Invasive Plants Conference

This year's OIPC conference included many field trips that allowed participants to try out tools, such as the green Weeder and orange Extractigator to remove dog-strangling vine and small shrubs. by Lynn Ovenden The Ontario Invasive Plants Council hosted their 10th annual meeting and conference in Ottawa this year. The event began on October 10, 2017 with a field trip to the Leitrum wetland, Mud Lake and Macoun Marsh to view the invasive plant situation at each place. On Wednesday Oct. 11, [...]

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 of these organizations has volunteer groups that have recently come to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden to help us. Our regular volunteers do a great job, [...]

Dead on the road

Holly Jasmine Long, Brittany Quesnel, and David Seburn collect data on a turtle found during 1 of 57 road surveys across eastern Ontario this summer. Photo by Brandon Holden. by David Seburn [Note: This is the third in a series of blog posts on a project of the OFNC and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. See also: Hunting for the elusive Blanding's Turtle and Build it and they will hatch.] Turtles as a group have been around for over 200 million years. [...]

A perfect autumn day (Sept. 16, 2017)

We lazily walked in to a place we know as "Rock-wall Pond" at Pakenham, finding a Spring Peeper, Wood Frog, and Leopard Frog, and many American Toads beside the trail, and passing pale asters as we went. We ate lunch on flowing steps of thick moss on a rocky hilltop, and resumed our ambling. When we reached our destination, a floating bog, we found that high water levels had tripled the width of the moat to about 10 feet, which [...]

September 20th, 2017|Categories: Macoun Field Club|Tags: , , |

Start-up meeting (Sept. 9, 2017)

We began, as we do every meeting, with "Observations." What have we seen in the natural world since we last met? In this case it had been more than two months. Gabriel had been out whale-watching on the east coast, and Jan in B.C.. It's pretty hard to beat Humpback Whales and Orcas. But Julia had brought in a rearing cage containing five bright green Monarch chrysalises dotted with gold, waiting to turn into butterflies. And then someone remembered the [...]

September 10th, 2017|Categories: Macoun Field Club|