“Do we have this one yet?” Harold Sotomayor asked his friend and project partner Patrick Killeen after we came across a white capped mushroom covered by bushes to the side of the trail. “Well, let’s snap a photo of it anyways, just in case.” Welcome to the world of the Mud Lake Biodiversity project, an ongoing citizen science experiment in which the goal is to document and record every living organism in the Mud Lake Conservation Area of Ottawa, Ontario. The project, which has attracted photo contributions from outside members of the community, is a mix of deductive science and taxonomic gamification and has helped its creators learn a lot about their local environment and its biodiversity. Sotomayor explained the… read more →
Nature Canada wants to thank the wonderful volunteers at Foresters for joining us at the Fall BioBlitz. Foresters insurance company partners with charitable organizations to support families and communities through volunteering events. The Fall BioBlitz was one such event. 15 volunteers joined Nature Canada at the Fall BioBlitz at Mud Lake to build bird and bat houses. In total 24 bird houses and 12 bat houses were constructed and donated to Nature Canada. We will work with communities to place the bird and bat houses in critical spots around the city to support healthy urban wildlife populations. Thank you Foresters volunteers! Photography by Susanne Ure.
Thanks to everyone who came out to take part in the adventure and help us identify local wildlife at Nature Canada’s Fall BioBlitz. Over 150 citizens of the national capital region accompanied local expert naturalists on guided walks where they learned to identify plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and more! The BioBlitz brought out experts and amateur enthusiasts alike on one of the first brisk weekends of the fall to Mud Lake conservation area. Mud Lake is considered by many to be a wilderness gem in the heart of our busy city and is found within the Lac Deschênes- Ottawa River Important Bird Area. It was the perfect location for such an inventory. Easy to get to and containing various habitats… read more →
Mark your calendars! Did you know September 21st is Zero Emissions Days? This event aims towards giving our planet a break and reducing the use of fossil fuels in our everyday lives. What do this day entail? Here are some fun facts and ways to participate: This day was specifically chosen because the length of days and nights are equal! It is the same day as International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day The Goal: Have minimal use of gas, oil, coal, or electricity generated by fossil fuels One way to do this is to eat food that does not require the use of energy to make, or prepare your food a day early Join the fun and make… read more →
This past weekend Nature Canada hosted a Fall BioBlitz at Mud Lake Conservation Area in Ottawa, ON. Over 150 local citizens came out to explore the area and learn the secrets of identifying birds, plants, insects, reptiles and more! Everyone had a great time enjoying the beautiful area and the brisk weather. Here are some photos from the event. Thanks to our wonderful experts for making this event possible. You can read full details of the event and see the complete list of species identified at the BioBlitz (coming soon).
Vancouver now has over 75 of them; Halifax 25; and Ottawa, at least 40. No matter where you look in Canada, community gardens are becoming one of the country’s quickest growing outdoor activities as more people look for a way to get outdoors, grow their own plants and get back to nature. A community garden is an urban green space allotted to the growing of plants by the public. All manner of plants can be grown, from herbs and vegetables to fruits and flowers. The green space is divided into plots and each plot is assigned to the public on a first come first serve basis. The spaces themselves are as diverse as the plants grown on them. Some are… read more →
Fall is officially here! The BioBlitz will go on rain or shine, so dress for the weather and meet us for a day of fun in the sun or rain. Come join Nature Canada for its annual fall BioBlitz Friday September 12 at 3pm until Saturday September 13 at 3pm at Mud Lake! Help us explore your NatureHood. BioBlitzes are a great way to get out and learn about nature from the experts as we survey Mud Lake and attempt to identify as many living things as possible in the area. Visitor events 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… read more →
How often do you see many different species of birds flying through the sky together all at once ? Maybe on the day Nature Canada organized the Ottawa Bird Day parade! Around 60 students from the Centennial Public School got creative and made puppets of many different species of birds to bring on their walk along the Ottawa River, along with masks they made to match their winged friends, and started their journey. These energetic birds ranged from a Red-Throated Hummingbird to an American Goldfinch, a Grey Goose and so much more! Once they reached Bate Island, located in the Ottawa river, they stopped for a quick snack of sunflower seeds. Once their “bird feeding” was finished, they grabbed their garbage… read more →
Seed paper is a type of handmade paper that contains plant seeds. It’s made with recycled paper such as newspapers, magazines or envelopes and can be turned into cards, bookmarks, gift wrap or whatever your imagine can come up with. Once the paper is planted the seeds will sprout. Instant garden! This fun, easy activity is eco-friendly and made with simple materials. You can customize your seed paper by creating designs or adding colour to the papers. Things you will need Scrap paper: can be from newspaper, magazines, old cards, flyers, etc. Seeds: must be flat and small. It is best to use native seeds. Check with your local field naturalist club for ideas. Water Scissors or paper shredder (or tear… read more →
The lazy summer months are a great time to travel to your local museum of natural history. In fact, many of Canada’s museums have special programming going on right now! We’ve assembled a list of seven of the coolest nature exhibits taking place at museums across Canada this season. Exhibit: The Wild Horses of Sable Island Where is it?: The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The once treacherous Sable Island, located off the coast of Nova Scotia, has been the site of over 475 shipwrecks since the early seventeenth century. Never settled by humans, today, the area hosts a population of around 300 feral horses who are the only terrestrial mammals living on the land. Roberto… read more →