Category Archive for 'Mammals'


Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

As the weather has improved and the chance of seeing insects is ever increasing, I’ve begun taking two or three walks around the farm each day. Yesterday, on my second outing, I came upon the above female Bronze Jumping Spider (Eris militaris), with her prey, on a cherry tree back in the woods. She was […]

the first casualty & my bioblitz wrap-up

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

The first casualty of the beaver was spotted yesterday when Sabrina and I went out for our morning walk. There was no sign of the beaver — just a poplar tree felled next to the water. I won’t grieve much over the tree as poplar grow like weeds around our place. In fact, it’s too […]

the dilemma

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I’ve just finished uploading the last of the bioblitz photos from the farm into my online galleries on Pbase. Later today, I’ll go through all of the images and ID and caption as many as I can, and then fill in a report sheet to send to the team that will be compiling the data […]

Day Two – full of little surprises

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Our second day of bioblitzing took place at a couple of our favourite conservation areas in the Lanark Highlands region of eastern Ontario. We didn’t encounter anything near as exciting as the encounter with the snapping turtle seen the previous day, but we did discover many wonderful little surprises that might have been overlooked if […]

Day One – a turtle steals the show

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

We decided to kick off our week of bioblitzing by recording interesting sightings while hiking a couple of sections of the trail system at Murphys Point Provincial Park here in eastern Ontario. We set out around noon and finished up a little over three hours later. We didn’t try to count absolutely everything, as that […]

up in a tree

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Saturday, Don and I spent about 3 hours hiking around at Mill Pond Conservation Area near Portland, Ontario. It’s one of our favourite places, and we’ve spent many long days spanning all four seasons, either hiking the trails, or paddling our canoe on Mill Pond. A short way down the roadway leading to one of […]

porcupine quill box

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

A couple of days ago, I wrote about Porcupines here in eastern Ontario. This morning, while casting about for an idea for something to write about, I happened to look at the above quillwork box and thought how well it would relate to the Porcupine piece. The round box in these three photos was made […]