Field notes: our OFNC blog

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

Beware of dive-bombing Redwings

by Ted Farnworth When I first took on the job of trying to clean up the pond of Flowering Rush (Butomus umbellatus L.), I was warned about the Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentine). Apparently we have some pretty big ones living and nesting around d the pond. The boot sucking muck on the bottom was also something that I soon discovered as a waded out into the weed patch. But no-one warned me about the Red Winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus). No, [...]

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|Tags: , , |

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 Management Committee this year (see The FWG loves its volunteers) is waging a war against the invasive species in what we call "the gully" at [...]

June 30th, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|Tags: , , , , |

Turtle alert

by Ted Farnworth When I arrived at the pond this morning – before the rain, I met a brave/foolhardy father and daughter who had just put a female snapping turtle into the pond. They found it making a nest in the parking lot. Maybe it was better than getting run over. Anyways, it seems that turtle egg laying has begun. On my way home from the Resource Centre, in the middle of the downpour, I saw another female turtle at [...]

June 13th, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

CFN Issue 131(4) is Now Online

By William Halliday, Journal Manager of CFN The latest issue of The Canadian Field-Naturalist has now been published online! This issue contains a lot of content focused on birds: from Bald Eagles and Merlins to Red-winged Blackbirds, Buffleheads, and Herons. Other manuscripts focus on the influence of salmon on foodwebs, and new records for fish species in Canada, among other topics. Special this issue, we have a summary of BioBlitzes in the Northwest Territories as part of the Canada 150 [...]

June 6th, 2018|Categories: CFN|

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 with Dr. Jessica Forrest of Ottawa U. It was a standing room only crowd of over 25 people. We learned that bees (like thrips) are [...]

May 24th, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|Tags: , , |

Call for bird photos

Call for bird photos by Anouk Hoedeman Safe Wings Ottawa is looking for photos of local birds in local habitat to illustrate the Ottawa Bird Strategy, a document we are developing based on the Vancouver Bird Strategy  We specifically would like images showing: typical Ottawa bird(s) against recognizable backdrops like Parliament Hill birds in forests, wetlands, river, fields, urban backyards, suburban and rural areas, etc. birds in different seasons (fall colours, winter). Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River Important Bird Area landscaping with native plants [...]

May 11th, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, News|

5th annual OFNC members’ photo night: from here to there and back again

by Barry Cottam The fifth annual OFNC members photo night almost didn’t happen. A last-minute glitch forced cancellation of the initial event, scheduled as usual on a January evening to help ward off the winter blues. But Doug Luoma, one of the presenters, just happens to work in the activities department of Villagia in the Glebe Residence. He suggested the ball-room there could accommodate our event and we jumped at the chance. Most of the original presenters booked on and, [...]

May 9th, 2018|Categories: OFNC event|

Jane’s Walk 2018

By Gordon Robertson with input from Sandra Garland Our first Jane’s Walk/Open House was a great success. We were prepared for about 40 people but were pleasantly surprised with about 100. Fortunately, seven volunteers showed up to give walks around the grounds. Thanks to Sandra Garland, Lucy Patterson, Lynn Ovenden, Ted Farnworth, and Marilyn Ward, for donating their time and knowledge. A special thanks to Lynn for making tea and purchasing cookies for refreshments after the walks. Each walk lasted [...]

May 7th, 2018|Categories: OFNC event|

FWG Volunteer Spring Fling

By Ted Farnworth This year’s Fletcher Wildlife Garden Spring Fling attracted over thirty new and return volunteers. It was a good time to get caught up with old long time friends, and to talk about activities planned this season for the Garden. The potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. Most people join the Fletcher volunteer group to have an excuse to get out and work in the out of doors. We get free exercise and at the same time we [...]

May 4th, 2018|Categories: Fletcher Wildlife Garden|Tags: |