When children from Ottawa elementary schools were asked to name a species at risk most answered with ‘polar bear!’. Endangered bird species that nest or roost in Ottawa were rarely mentioned. Hoping to bring greater awareness to local species at risk, Nature Canada’s NatureHood team paid visits to over a dozen Ottawa-area schools, meeting with 700 children in kindergarten through to grade seven. Staff gave presentations about four of Ottawa’s species at risk – chimney swift, bobolink, barn swallow and monarch butterfly – and introduced simple actions that could be taken to help protect the species, ranging from keeping cats indoors to installing a bird feeder. The children were also… read more →
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… read more →
Nature Canada’s Bird Day Fair was proud to host the Innis Point Bird Observatory’s (IPBO) band-a-visitor station which sought to teach children about wild bird data collection methods. The station proved to be a fun and creative way to engage a youth audience with the data collection techniques used in the tracking of bird populations and their migratory patterns. At the station, the visiting guest was given a wrist band with a tracking number corresponding to a bird which had been previously caught and released by the Observatory. Visitors could use this number to log on to Nature Canada’s “I was banded” website after the fair and learn about the… read more →
More than 800 people attended Bird Day Fair this year in Andrew Haydon Park in Ottawa-Gatineau’s Lac Deschênes Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. For the third year in a row Nature Canada celebrated Bird Day in Ottawa with local groups, businesses, families and friends with crafts, nature walks, live bird demonstrations and more. New additions to this year’s fair included a ‘Bird Day passport’ which attendees could have stamped at each participating organization’s tent; a milkweed stand for those interested in learning more about using this plant to attract monarch butterflies; a roaming turtle; and presentations by bird and wildlife experts amongst other activities. The live bird of prey demonstrations by… read more →
Join us for Bird Day Fair at Andrew Haydon Park, Saturday May 31st – 10am-4pm Just as our migratory birds are returning to Canada from their wintering grounds south of the border, a huge celebration is unfolding across the continent to celebrate birds – and you can be part of it! Bird Day is a celebration of migratory birds and the wild spaces they inhabit. Join Nature Canada in a celebration of the incredible migration journey of birds through a day of fun activities for the whole family. There will be nature walks, crafts and activities, a live raptor demonstration, and an opportunity to meet local groups working to protect… read more →
Join Nature Canada and local naturalist experts for a fall BioBlitz at Mud Lake and help us locate and identify as many species as possible around the site. Follow local naturalist experts on a guided walk and learn to identify plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and more! Everyone is welcome. Be prepared to get out and get your hands dirty. Remember to dress for the weather, wear solid shoes or rain boots and bring a snack and a water bottle. If you have field guides, binoculars, magnifying glasses or any other critter examining tools feel free to bring them along. The BioBlitz will run for 24 hours starting on Friday September… read more →
In the heart of Canada’s National Capital Region, the Lac Deschênes – Ottawa River Important Bird Area provides important stopover habitat to continentally significant populations of waterbirds and waterfowl, and foraging areas to nationally significant numbers of the Threatened Chimney Swift. This interprovincial IBA includes well known natural areas including Britannia’s Mud Lake, the Deschênes Rapids, Breckenridge swamp, Shirley’s Bay and the small archipelago of islands around the Champlain Bridge. Nature Canada is actively engaged in raising awareness and helping conserve the IBAs and its historically significant natural waterways.
You’ll find the latest news on events happening in and around Lac Deschênes on this page. Check back often to see what’s happening in your Naturehood! Nature Canada Events: Scion City Chase – Saturday July 27th, 2013 from 10am to 4pm Nature Canada will be hiding at an undisclosed location in Ottawa, ready to test City Chase participants with a physical and humorously educational bird-related challenge. Will you be able to find us? Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays – August 18th, 2013 from 9am to 12pm Stop at the scenic Conroy Island Lookout or along the Parkway to talk to Nature Canada staff about the Lac Deschênes IBA and birds in the area.… read more →