Wildlife tracks and signs

by Christine Hanrahan Identifying tracks is a good way to discover who is living in a particular woodland, field, or along a water body. Tracks in mud, sand, and snow also tell stories. You can see where animals, and sometimes birds, have interacted, perhaps to the misfortune of one of them. If you follow [...]

2018-04-16T14:54:29-04:00December 21st, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

A wild banquet for birds and mammals

by Christine Hanrahan American Goldfinch eating prickly lettuce seeds A well stocked wild banquet for wildlife can be found in woods and meadows, roadsides and shorelines, gardens and parklands, in fact, wherever plants grow. Of course, there is more to the diet of many birds and animals than plant-based foods, but that is [...]

2018-01-26T17:56:01-05:00December 10th, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

FWG has amazing volunteers (but, of course, we already knew that!)

FWG volunteers are amazing people who are dedicated to creating wildlife habitat and beauty not because they feel like they ought to , but as they genuinely enjoy mucking about! Isabelle always says how much she loves the BYG! At this year's volunteer potluck, Isabelle was recognised with our Annual Volunteer Award. Isabelle is the Habitat [...]

2018-01-02T18:04:11-05:00December 6th, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Discovering plant galls formed by insects

by Christine Hanrahan Gall: “An abnormal growth of plant tissue produced by a stimulus external to the plant itself.”  - S.W. Frost in Insect Life Galls are common formations on plants, usually caused by insects (but sometimes by a fungus or some other non-insect life form). Galls can form on roots, stems and twigs, leaves, [...]

2018-01-26T17:53:34-05:00December 1st, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Through the lens: a year in the Old Field

by Christine Hanrahan The rototilled section of the old field in later summer, showing the variety of species that appeared, including amaranth, evening primrose, and panic grass, contrasting with the goldenrod and wild raspberry behind. A dense stand of white sweet clover grew up along the old path through the centre of [...]

2018-01-02T18:06:16-05:00November 23rd, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Christine’s walks: insects in late October

by Christine Hanrahan The end of summer signals also the end of insect life – or does it? While summer is the peak season for insect activity, warmish days in late October can be surprisingly good for finding a variety of bugs, bees, beetles, flies and other creatures, including spiders. Over a period of two [...]

2018-01-02T18:08:20-05:00October 26th, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Growing native plants from seed : cold stratification

A damp vermiculite-filled baggie awaiting seed. In late October, although we're still waiting for some seeds to mature before we can collect them, others are ready for their winter treatment. So what is cold stratification? Essentially, it’s a temperature and moisture treatment used to break a seed’s dormancy and encourage germination. In nature, seeds fall to [...]

2018-01-02T18:10:30-05:00October 19th, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Christine’s walks: FWG on a rainy day

by Christine Hanrahan The September photo blog is now up, jump-started by a couple of gorgeous shots from Al (check out his photo of the locust borer… it generated five comments almost the moment I posted it!) Today, I headed off to the FWG in the rain, but it began coming down heavily and my [...]

2018-01-26T17:46:58-05:00September 18th, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|