Get to know some of the species at risk in the Lac Deschênes IBA with the Species Spotlight, aka “Sp-Spot”. Today meet the: Eastern Meadowlark Scientific Name: Sturnella magna SARA Status: No Status; Ontario: Threatened Taxonomic group: Birds Size: 19- 26 cm size, with a wingspan of 35-40 cm, and weighing 90-150 g The Eastern Meadowlark is a medium-size songbird, with a short tail and a long, slender bill. They are pale brown on the back with bright yellow throat and belly, and a large black “V” on the chest. There is also a yellow line above the eyes to the bill. Wing and tail feathers are brown with black stripes, and the white outer tail feathers are visible when… read more →
The Northern Cardinal, also known in French as Cardinal rouge, is a welcome visitor at any backyard feeder. Both male and female sing up to 20 different songs! Some Cardinal pairs mate for life and they may raise up to 3 broods per summer. Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Listen to past episodes on our website. This episode aired on Saturday December 21, 2013.
Get to know some of the species at risk in the Lac Deschênes IBA with the Species Spotlight, aka “Sp-Spot”. Today meet the: Chimney Swift Scientific Name: Chaetura pelagica SARA Status: Threatened; Ontario: Threatened; Quebec: Special Concern Taxonomic group: Birds Size: 12-14 cm size, with a wingspan of 27-30 cm. and weighing 17-30g Chimney Swifts fly constantly and are almost never seen perched. They are easily identified in flight by their silhouette characterised by long, narrow, curved wings. The Chimney Swift’s song is easy to notice once you’ve heard it. You’ll be surprised how often you can hear the high-pitched twittery cacophony once you start listening for it. When Chimney Swifts do stop flying they cling to the walls of… read more →
December 19, 2013 (Ottawa) – Nature Canada and BC Nature joined together today to express their profound disappointment at the decision of the Joint Review Panel to recommend the Northern Gateway pipeline project be allowed to proceed. Throughout the hearings, these joint intervenors have raised a host of concerns with the project including its impact on endangered caribou populations and Enbridge’s disquieting minimization of a catastrophic oil spill in a globally important hotspot for marine biodiversity. “Leading experts tell us that this pipeline has a one in four chance of spilling at some point during its lifetime. That’s 25 per cent,” said Ian Davidson, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “Think about that for just a second. Those are worse odds than… read more →
Get to know some of the species at risk in the Lac Deschenes Ottawa River IBA with the Species Spotlight, aka “Sp-Spot.” Today meet the: Greenside Darter Scientific Name: Etheostoma blennioides SARA Status: Special Concern Taxonomic group: Fishes Size: 76 mm length, but can reach up to 140 mm The Greenside darter has a cylindrical body, the head is wide and triangular, and the snout is rounded and is slightly extended to the mouth. It has two dorsal fins that are very close together, the caudal fin (tail) is slightly forked and pectoral fins (those along the sides) are slightly pointed, large and well-developed. Juveniles have more pointed pelvic fins than adults. Males are larger and more colorful than females.… read more →
Nature Exposed – December 2013 edition, a gallery on Flickr. This month, we bring you an assortment of some of the best photos that have been recently added to our Flickr Group. From colourful birds to some of nature’s most breathtaking winter scenes, our Flick Group members have submitted a great selection of spectacular photos for all to enjoy. You’ll notice that most of these images are copyrighted. Please respect the wishes of the photographers and consult with them (via Flickr) if you would like to use their photography in any way. Do you have nature photos that you’d like to share? Join the Nature Canada Flickr Group and start adding your favourite photos to the pool today!
Dear Nature Canada and Birdlife International supporter, We invite you to join us on a very special voyage in support of BirdLife and Nature Canada’s work with Important Bird Areas on Canada’s North East Coast. From June 29 to July 12, 2014, we are travelling aboard Adventure Canada’s “Newfoundland and Wild Labrador” cruise. Departing the French island of St. Pierre off the coast of Newfoundland, we’ll steam up the inside passage — and the sublime Wild Labrador coast — to Kuujjuaq, the largest northern Inuit community in Nunavik. This Adventure Canada tour will raise the profile of the region’s avifauna and globally important areas for birds. Nature Canada experts will be on hand to describe initiatives needed to protect the… read more →
Known in French as Grand Harle and collectively is called ‘sawbills’ given the serrated edges along the insides of their bills. These saw-like edges help mergansers – which are diving duck species – to catch and hold slippery fish and other food they gather during underwater dives. Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday… read more →
Get to know some of the species at risk in the Lac Deschênes IBA with the Species Spotlight, aka “Sp-Spot”. Today meet the: Eastern Musk Turtle Scientific Name: Sternotherus odoratus SARA Status: Threatened; Ontario: Threatened; Quebec: Threatened Taxonomic Group: Reptile Size: Typically between 5.1 and 11.5cm long, although the largest individual on record was 13.7 cm long. The musk turtle is one of the smallest species of turtles in North-America. It has two light yellow stripes on each side of its head, and barbels on the chin and the throat. The carapace (the upper shell) of the musk turtle is smooth and its color can vary amongst individuals between olive green, brown, and almost black. The plastron (the shell breastplate)… read more →
Get to know some of the species at risk in the Lac Deschênes IBA with the Species Spotlight, aka “Sp-Spot”. Today meet the: Least Bittern Scientific Name: Ixobrychus exilis SARA Status: Threatened; Ontario: Threatened; Quebec: Vulnerable Taxonomic Group: Birds Size: length of 28-36 cm, wingspan of 41-46 cm Least Bitterns are slightly larger than an American Robin. The Least Bittern has buffy and brown plumage with buff streaks on its white underside. Its back and crown are black in males and lighter in females and juveniles. It has a buffy patch on its wing that is visible in flight. The biggest threats to them are loss and degradation of habitat. Least Bitterns have declined in Canada by 30% in the… read more →