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Bird Tweet of the Week: Warbling Vireo
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Warbling Vireo

The Warbling Vireo, known in French as Viréo mélodieux, is a very vocal bird that sings regularly throughout the day in order to defend its nesting territory. Its melody sounds somewhat like a wind-up toy. [caption id="attachment_14881" align="alignleft" width="300"]warbling vireo Warbling Vireo. Photographed by Phil Myers[/caption] 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. Catch up on past episodes here on our website.

Spring BioBlitz at Mud Lake
Image provided by Rock Chan
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Spring BioBlitz at Mud Lake

Nature Canada invites you to join in the Spring BioBlitz. Come join Nature Canada for its annual spring BioBlitz Saturday June 14, 2014 at Mud Lake! BioBlitzes are 24 hour surveys of a location where we attempt to identify as many living things as possible in the area. [map w="690" h="350" z="14" marker="yes" infowindow="Spring BioBlitz" infowindowdefault="yes" maptype="HYBRID" hidecontrols="false" address="45.373795,-75.795559"] Visitor events will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day. They include guided walks, and tours where guests can learn to identify the diverse wildlife found at Mud Lake. Each guided nature walk will focus on a different topic. This year’s subjects to be explored include: song birds, water birds, mosses, liverworts, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Our last Fall bioblitz was a huge success. Over 200 people came out and helped us identify 295 different species including four which are considered to be at risk: the Common Nighthawk, the Rusty Blackbird, the Butternut tree and the Snapping Turtle. A special thanks to our volunteers: Emily Bird, Alex MacDonald, Linda Ley, Michelle Locke, Serguei Ponomarkenko and Julie Chateuvert for leading this year’s guided walks. Check out the schedule and see which walk you would like to join, or come out for them all. Experts and beginners alike are welcome. We hope to see you all there! Check in at the Nature Canada tent to register for your walk. We will be meting at Mud Lake (noertheast of Britannia Park) at the end of Cassels St just before the water filtration plant. Schedule for Nature Canada's spring BioBlitz 2014 Image in this post provided by Rock Chan.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Grasshopper Sparrow
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Grasshopper Sparrow

The Grasshopper Sparrow is considered a rare songbird in our Ottawa region. It prefers to nest and feed in large, open grassland areas, which limits the places where you may encounter this species locally. [caption id="attachment_14878" align="alignleft" width="300"]Grasshopper Sparrow Grasshopper Sparrow[/caption] 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. Catch up on past episode here on our website. This episode aired on Saturday June 7, 2014.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

This tiny bird is actually a long-distance migrant that spends its winters in Central America. The Ruby-throated hummingbird can beat its wings more than 50 times a second! [caption id="attachment_14870" align="alignleft" width="300"]Ruby throated Hummingbird Ruby-Throated Hummingbird[/caption] 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 May 31, 2014.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Northern Parula
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Northern Parula

The Northern Parula builds amazing hanging nests high in the tree canopy. These nests are made from beard lichen and other materials that work together to make a hollow mass with an entrance hole. [caption id="attachment_14867" align="alignleft" width="300"]northern parula Northern Parula. Photographed by Charles Francis[/caption] 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 May 24, 2014.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Palm Warbler
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Palm Warbler

The Palm Warbler was originally described as a species living in the Caribbean, where there’s no shortage of palm trees. But the Palm Warbler actually nests in the bogs and wetlands of Canada’s evergreen-dominated forests east of the Rockies. [caption id="attachment_14862" align="alignleft" width="300"]palm warbler Palm Warbler[/caption] 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 May 17, 2014.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Despite its name, that implies to the Kinglet as “little” or “petty”, the female of this tiny songbird can lay up to 12 eggs. As for the male, it will chase away predators many times his size. [caption id="attachment_14857" align="alignleft" width="300"]Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Ruby-Crowned Kinglet[/caption] 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. Catch up on past episodes here on our website.

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The Osprey is known in French as Balbuzard Pêcheur. It hunts mainly fish by soaring high above the water, diving straight down and plunging into the water feet first to grab the fish before flying back to its nest or a nearby perch. The Osprey can be described as the nightmare of young fish due to its keen eyesight and sharp talons. [caption id="attachment_14852" align="alignleft" width="300"]osprey Osprey. Photographed by Jim Adams[/caption] 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 May 3, 2014.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

The name of this species comes from the fact that they tap trees in the spring, just like humans do. The Sapsucker drills neat, horizontal lines of holes into tree trunks and feeds on the sap during the spring and summer. The alternating black and white stripes on the head of the Sapsucker create an elegant look. [caption id="attachment_14848" align="alignleft" width="165"]yellow-bellied sapsucker Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. Photographed by Patrick Coin.[/caption] 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 April 26, 2014.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Mallard Duck
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Mallard Duck

The Mallard is the most common and widespread duck in the Northern Hemisphere and they are also the most frequently hunted duck species. They have small curled feathers that resemble John Travolta’s hair in Grease. [caption id="attachment_14844" align="alignleft" width="300"]mallard Female and Male Mallard. Photographed by Richard Bartz.[/caption] 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 April 19, 2014.

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