OTTAWA (September 10, 2014) ― Nature Canada and naturalist experts from across the National Capital Region are gathering this weekend to host a fall “BioBlitz” in Ottawa’s Mud Lake area near Britannia Park. The event is open to the general public and is part of a larger effort to learn more about the state of local biodiversity and catalogue changes over time in population patterns. The event runs over a 24 hour period from 3pm on Friday to 3pm on Saturday and includes guided tours for the general public focussing on how to identify groups such as plants, birds, amphibians and reptiles. “Our goal is to involve the general public in the scientific process and to have fun while doing… read more →
On Tuesday, March 8, the Kingston Field Naturalists organized a special workshop on the significance of eastern Lake Ontario for birds in light of several proposals to build wind energy projects in the area, and the high number of bird casualties reported at Wolfe Island wind energy plant . Representing Nature Canada, I gave a presentation on the Important Bird Area Program, placing the Wolfe Island wind plant and the proposed Ostrander Point wind plant in the context of this program. Kingston Field Naturalists have a rich and long history of documenting birds within the Kingston area, which stretches from the west end of Prince Edward County to the Thousand Islands on the extreme east end of Lake Ontario. The… read more →
If you’re still looking for something to make 2011 a year to remember, why not join your local naturalists’ club? These groups organize wildlife hikes, bird identification, and nature seminars among many other activities. Whether you already have a passion for nature or are just starting your connection with our natural world, a naturalists’ club is a great way to learn more about the world around us. And don’t forget to tell us about your adventures in nature in the comments. There’s no time like the present to make the commitment to connect with nature!
Hello Readers! Bonjours lecteurs! Yesterday I posted information about a survey that Nature Canada is conducting to determine naturalists’ and nature enthusiasts’ views on the condition/state of Environment Canada’s protected areas. To be more specific, I posted information on the English version of this survey. Mais, veuillez noter qu’il y a aussi une version française du sondage disponible içi. Once again, the French version of Nature Canada’s survey is available here. Thanks for your interest! Merci infiniment de votre intérêt!
Hello Readers! Have you ever visited one of Canada’s National Wildlife Areas or Migratory Bird Sanctuaries? These sites make up Environment Canada’s network of protected areas and complement our national parks system and provincial/territorial protected areas networks from coast to coast, to coast. Eventually, Marine Wildlife Areas will also make up Environment Canada’s network, with the Scott Islands off of northern Vancouver Island slated as the first addition in 2012. Regardless of how you answer the above question, Nature Canada would like to know your views on National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries. In fact, we’re in the process of conducting of survey of naturalists and nature enthusiasts across Canada (and beyond) to better understand their views on the… read more →
A growing body of evidence confirms that when children spend time in nature they are healthier, happier, and smarter. Since 2000, the Young Naturalists’ Club of BC has been connecting children with nature through a growing network of volunteer-led family and school nature clubs across the province. Sharp-shinned hawks, long-toed salamanders, sea otters – these are some of the wild neighbours Young Naturalists’ Club members meet on Explorer Days, learn about in NatureWILD Magazine or work to protect while earning Action Awards. Celebrate the YNC’s birthday with a present for you – a chance at winning a signed Robert Bateman Print! Robert Bateman’s artwork reflects his deep connection with the natural world. He, better than anyone, knows the importance of… read more →
Have you ever heard of a Labrador Duck? I hadn’t, until a unique event to be held this weekend at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto was brought to my attention. The Labrador Duck once inhabited the eastern coast of North America and was a common breeder in the area of Cartwright, Labrador over 300 years ago. It has been extinct for more than 100 years, with only 55 known stuffed specimens in collections, both public and private, around the world. The ROM has one of these specimens – previously locked in a fireproof safe for decades – that is recognized as the world’s best preserved. They will be bringing it out of the vault on the afternoon of Sunday,… read more →
A co-worker of mine, Sue, came across this while walking through trails this weekend 12km from Bon Echo Provincial Park. Not sure what it was, she quickly snapped a photo and brought it into the office. So what is it? Says staff naturalist Ted Cheskey: The plant in Sue’s photo is called Indian Pipe. The white colour betrays the fact that this is a plant – but a strange one, in that it does not produce chlorophyll – the green pigment used in photosynthesis that normally is used to place an organism in the plant kingdom. In other words, this is an exceptional plant. Not being able to photosynthesize, it gets its energy from other plants, by tapping into them… read more →
Jim Dubois, from Nature Canada’s online community, just sent us these pics of a Pileated Woodpecker and a Northern Flicker in his yard — enjoy! From Jim: I have a pair of Flickers, and a female Pileated Woodpecker getting suet to take back to their nests at the moment. Since I flat refuse to feed Starlings, I take the feeder down when they’re around, and only put it back up when I hear the woodpeckers yelling. The Pileated did today, so I went out and hung it up. She only climbed a little bit up the tree, then watched me as I hung it beneath her, and was at it before I got to the back steps. I sat on… read more →
In our latest highly unscientific (but fun!) Quick Poll we asked our online community members how they like to spend their winters. Do they grab the wax and head for the slopes, or cosy up to the fire and stay toasty indoors? Do they start building the outdoor hockey rink or start packing their bags for Florida? Turns out many of you see the winter months as a good time to wildlife watch. According to our Quick Poll results, 41% of voters chose wildlife watching as their favourite winter activity. While the next largest group – 24% – preferred staying indoors, a review of the posted comments reveal many people actually do their wildlife watching from the comfort of their… read more →