The flamboyantly coloured Magnolia Warbler originally had a much more literal, much less botanical name. Find out what it was in this week’s Tweet of the Week! Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. This August, Nicolas Conroy, Nature Canada’s Conservation Intern, shares interesting facts about birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to the “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, September 5th, 2015. Email: *Join Now!
Despite its size and secretive ways, the Marsh Wren is no bird to mess with! Competition for food and territory leads this tiny songbird to plunder and remove the nests of other wetland birds twice its size. 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. Email: *Join Now!
The colourful Wood Duck gets its name in part because it nests in tree cavities – up to 20 metres high – in wooded areas near water. At as young as 1-day-old the nestlings jump from the nest to join their mother in heading to water. But that doesn’t make them ‘quacks’ – this duck actually whistles! Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. This August, Nicolas Conroy, Nature Canada’s Conservation Intern, shares interesting facts about birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to the “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to… read more →
Nature Canada held A Swift Evening Out at the Dominican University College on August 12th 2015. A Swift Evening Out is an outdoor event featuring presentations, activities, and easy bird watching to raise public awareness of the Chimney Swift, a provincially and nationally threatened bird found in Ottawa. For more information, visit our previous blog to read about Chimney Swifts and our Swift Evening Out events. With a group of approx 50 people, Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Senior Conservation Manager for Urban Nature and Species at Risk, led visitors to the lot in the Dominican University College. There, Nicolas Conroy, Nature Canada’s Conservation Intern, and Alex, gave a brief overview of the life cycle of Chimney Swift. This species only has… read more →
The beginning of Moth Week began the 3rd weekend of July, the same day as Day 1 of our 2015 Summer NatureBlitz. National Moth week is used to celebrate the wonders of moths, all over the world. This way, we can identify areas with great moth diversity, and find species that may be uncommon or rare! Our expert for the night was Diane Lepage. An excellent moth expert indeed, she was able to identify many of the species that ended up making an appearance. The event began at 9:30 pm, with a great show of fireflies leading up to the event. Fireflies have an amazing chemical reaction in their abdomen that causes illumination. Scientists are studying fireflies very closely, as… read more →
by Nicholas Conroy, NatureHood Conservation Intern Day 2 began early the following morning of day 1 (July 18th). A warm, sticky morning made for a successful songbird walk, guided by Emily Bird. There were a few surprises, including a great species for the Ottawa region, the Blackburnian Warbler. These birds are gorgeous; deep orange patches on its head, and black and white streaking on their back. The morning is always a great time to bird. Why? This is due to birds calling out to the surrounding area, letting other birds know “I’m here!” Although in the spring, males will have a different sound, this time they’ll sing a song, trying to attract females to be potential mates. Between 8 am and… read more →
Media Advisory Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Who: Hosted by Nature Canada Speakers include: Alex MacDonald, CBC Radio 1’s In Town and Out weekly bird tweeter and Senior Conservation Manager at Nature Canada What: A Swift Evening Out is an outdoor event featuring presentations, activities and easy birdwatching to raise public awareness of the Chimney Swift, a provincially and nationally threatened bird found in Ottawa. Event participants will observe the sunset behaviour of the Chimney Swift; each evening the Swifts fly into suitable chimneys and human structures throughout the region – often hundreds of birds at a time – where they roost for the night in large groups. The birds dive headfirst into the chimneys, reaching speeds of 60 km/hr before entering, making… read more →
Join Nature Canada for a Swift Evening Out in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 12th, at 7pm in the parking area of the Dalhousie Community Centre, at 755 Somerset Street West in Ottawa’s Chinatown (map here and below). This event will showcase the aerial acrobatics of the Chimney Swift, one of Canada’s most amazing species at risk. As their name suggests, these phenomenal migratory birds nest and roost in chimneys, as well as air ducts and other human structures. Because they are so closely associated with human structures, it’s relatively easy to see Chimney Swifts in towns and cities across eastern Canada. And if you know where to look, it’s easy to watch them return – en masse – to their roosts at dusk. That’s where the idea… read more →
During one of the hottest weekends in July, Nature Canada beat the heat with a NatureBlitz held in Ottawa’s Carlington Woods area. The 24-hour event on July 18th & 19th (see the schedule here) was a great success and featured guided walks with local plant and wildlife experts, children’s activities, fun with ultrasonic bat detectors, and a live amphibian demonstration by the Ontario-based group, Save the Salamanders. On behalf of Nature Canada, we would like to thank our volunteers, our experts and the public on coming out! So what is a NatureBlitz? It’s very much like a BioBlitz, i.e., an effort to inventory as many living things as possible in a given area during a given time, usually 24 hours). However,… read more →
Have you ever wondered if there are bats in your neighbourhood? What about your yard? If so, Nature Canada can help you answer this question with the handheld bat detectors we have available through our lending library! If you live in the National Capital Region, you can borrow a detector – free of charge – for up to one week. But we’re not doing this for just any reason. Here’s the scoop: Have you heard about White-nose Syndrome (WNS), an introduced fungal disease (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) that’s decimating many bat populations in North America? Estimates place the death toll from WNS at over 6 million bats since it was first detected in North America in 2006 (read Ontario’s response plan here). Sadly, populations of up to 7 different bat species… read more →