Join the Lower Mainland’s first NatureBlitz on Saturday, February 27th in the Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Alaksen National Wildlife Area, located at 5191 and 5421 Robertson Rd (respectively) on Westham Island in Delta, BC. This free, family-friendly nature adventure offers a dawn to dusk line-up of wildlife walks, outdoor exploration and even a photography contest, all with the help of local naturalists and nature experts from NatureKids BC, Nature Canada, the BC Waterfowl Society, the Delta Naturalists Society, the Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust and the Canadian Wildlife Service. PLEASE NOTE: Limited spaces are available for each activity during the NatureBlitz, so advance registration is required. You can register for free tickets by activity on our EventBrite page. We may open up… read more →
“There’s a female, over there in the shade!” exclaims my friend. We were standing on the edge of Roberts Bay in Sidney, British Columbia awaiting the arrival from the north of the first Buffleheads. It’s in small, protected shelters like Roberts Bay on the Saanich Peninsula where many of these delightful little ducks spend the winter. These energetic ‘butter ball of a duck’ return with clockwork regularity to the Sidney region on October 15th – the 298th day of the solar cycle. Buffleheads are the smallest of our diving ducks. During nesting season they are found in woodlands along the lakes, ponds and rivers of the boreal forest and in the higher elevation rangelands of British Columbia’s interior. They nest… read more →
Media Advisory Thursday, October 15, 2015 Who: Hosted by Friends of Shoal Harbour Society & Nature Canada Special Guests include: The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Lizanne Chicanot, Principal, Parkland Secondary School Bob Peart, Director, Friends of Shoal Harbour Society Sue Staniforth, Director, Friends of Shoal Harbour Society Alex MacDonald, CBC Radio 1’s In Town and Out weekly bird tweeter and Senior Conservation Manager at Nature Canada What: British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, will join Nature Canada representatives, the Friends of Shoal Harbour Society and 200 students to celebrate NaureHood on the Saanich Peninsula and mark All Buffleheads Day. NatureHood is a national program of Nature Canada that focuses on connecting urban Canadians to nearby… read more →
Join Nature Canada, the Child & Nature Alliance and local nature experts for a NatureBlitz on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th at Ottawa’s Forest & Nature School on 411 Corkstown Road (Wesley Clover Campground)! This event will feature walks*, nature-based activities and family fun from 10:30 am Saturday until 2 pm Sunday (map and daily schedules below). Help us explore your NatureHood in Ottawa’s amazing Greenbelt, and test your ability to migrate like a bird, find clues about animals preparing for winter, or detect bats using a special ultrasonic microphone! NatureBlitzes are a great way to get outside and learn about nature with members of your community and local nature experts! This is the first survey of its kind in this area and we hope to identify… read more →
With parents breathing a collective sigh of relief as the new school year begins, it is timely to feature the Ovenbird. Why is that? Find out in this weeks segment! 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, September 12th, 2015. Email: *Join Now!
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 →