Yearly Archives: 2014


“For a swift return” – campaign to rebuild chimney a success

by Sandy Garland, based on notes from the campaign blog The chimney swifts are back, and they're moving right in to their new roosting site in Shawville, Quebec! In summer 2013, the West Quebec School Board hired contractors to shorten and cap a now-unused tall chimney on McDowell school in Shawville. What they didn't know [...]

2018-01-03T01:31:23-05:00May 15th, 2014|News|

Getting started in birding

Sharp-shinned Hawk by Christine Hanrahan So you want to be a birdwatcher, but you just don't know where to begin? And the thought of trying to distinguish a nighthawk from a nuthatch reduces you to despair? Don't worry, help is at hand! The following information will provide you with everything (well, almost everything) [...]

2018-01-02T18:39:46-05:00May 11th, 2014|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

An eye on Ospreys

by Sandy Garland with much help from Rémy Poulin (OFNC) and Bill Petrie (IPBO) First photo from the newly installed webcam at Innis Point Bird Observatory Plans to install a webcam on an Osprey nesting platform with a live feed to the Internet took a leap forward this spring. Although wireless service is [...]

2018-03-24T04:55:12-04:00April 29th, 2014|News|

Showing up at City Hall

by Lynn Ovenden Expo at City Hall with Brenda McCrea and Barbara Riley Backyard Biodiversity was the theme last Friday night (April 11) at City Hall. As part of the City of Ottawa Wildlife Speaker Series, the evening featured talks by two guest speakers. Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl from Nature Canada spoke about features that [...]

2018-01-03T00:55:53-05:00April 18th, 2014|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Stories from Australia’s waves, caves, and animal graves

by Natalie Sopinka On April 8, OFNC members met for the third time at the new meeting location at the Central Experimental Farm. Murray Citron recited his first-ever published poem (in Trail & Landscape!) which captured all elements of an Ottawa spring: wind, snow and sun. On that note, as spring temperatures rise, so do [...]

2018-01-03T00:56:50-05:00April 14th, 2014|OFNC event|

Ottawa Regional Science Fair: and the awards go to…

by Natalie Sopinka This year the Ottawa Regional Science Fair was held April 4-5 at Carleton University. With over 200 students from grades 7-12, the event was filled with young bright minds asking questions about energy, the environment, human health, and natural resources. Kathleen Conlan and Natalie Sopinka were on hand to judge projects that demonstrated [...]

2018-01-03T00:57:17-05:00April 9th, 2014|News|

Birds for beginners

by Bev McBride Editor's note: In the interests of full disclosure, this Red-winged Blackbird was not photographed during this excursion, nor was it photographed at Mud Lake. However, Bev says this species was "emblematic" of the morning's very successful field trip. Photo by Gillian Mastromatteo About 20 people came out for this morning's [...]

2014-04-06T22:43:27-04:00April 6th, 2014|OFNC event|

Glimpses of wildlife II – a collection of short videos

by Sandy Garland Collage of some of Jeewa's many photos of local wildlife We see thousands of snow geese take off from a field near Winchester, a stunning scarlet tanager calling to a rival from the top of a spruce tree, a nest of baby blackbirds developing to fledgling size, a pair of trumpeter [...]

2014-03-24T12:34:53-04:00March 24th, 2014|OFNC event|

Here we are, with Paul Keddy

Paul Keddy (left), with OFNC friends Paul Catling and Dan Brunton by Lynn Ovenden Dr. Paul Keddy drove to Ottawa last Tuesday from his home deep in the forest of Lanark County to speak to a large meeting of OFNC members in the Neatby Building. He drove from forest on the marble and [...]

2018-01-03T00:59:14-05:00March 18th, 2014|OFNC event|