The William J. “Bill” Cody Fern Trail

by Frank Pope On May 31, a new Fern Trail was dedicated at a ceremony in the Backyard Garden part of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. The whole Cody clan was in attendance. Standing (L to R) David Cody, Douglas Cody, Gordon Cody, Margaret Cody; seated Leslie Cody-Durocher Lis Allison, creator of the [...]

2015-08-18T23:48:19-04:00August 18th, 2015|OFNC event|

Tackling the hardest jobs

by Sandy Garland Yes, it's about dog-strangling vine (DSV) again, our major preoccupation at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. We're making a bit of progress in some areas and noting that many native species (like walnut trees, goldenrods, and raspberries) are holding their own or even out-competing DSV. But there are places where DSV is so [...]

2018-01-02T18:57:30-05:00August 7th, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Damselflies and Dragonflies at Petrie Island

by Lynn Ovenden A report on an OFNC excursion led by Gillian Mastromatteo on August 2, 2015 Petrie Island has quiet marshy interior bays, sandy beaches along the Ottawa River and lots of sunny openings in the forest in between. These make it a good place to find a variety of odonates. Gillian was hoping to [...]

2015-08-04T13:57:50-04:00August 4th, 2015|OFNC event|

The nightshades – deadly and otherwise

by Sandy Garland Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) On Tuesday, while working in the woods, our volunteer group came across a number of nightshade plants of two species. The same week, one of our Friday morning volunteers brought in another nightshade species with little white flowers. All this prompted some focused Googling and this [...]

2018-01-02T18:59:04-05:00August 1st, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

More tree planting

by Sandy Garland Although last Tuesday was one of the hottest days of the year, Ted, Kate, Catrina, Melanie, and Mirko all arrived ready to work. We had decided to plant more trees - not the best time of year for this activity, but we needed to get the trees into the ground where they [...]

2018-01-02T18:59:15-05:00August 1st, 2015|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|