Archive for May, 2007

a rather confusing story

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Part of the fascination of studying nature is that things are often not as simple and uncomplicated as they appear. This is one of those stories that starts off seeming to be one thing, but ends up being something quite else. Let me take you back to the beginning. There’s an old plastic lawnchair sitting […]

nature field day

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

As promised, here’s a brief report on the nature field day that my friend, Eric Snyder, and I led at the Richmond Conservation Area on May 28, 2007. We spent much of the day exploring the nature trails with twenty of Lisa Hetherington’s science students from Bell High School. I believe this was our fourth […]

in the vegetable garden

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Yesterday’s field trip with the high schools students went very well. I’ll post something about it tomorrow after all of the photos are up online. As it turned out, we spent most of our time walking along discussing interesting things found along the trail. As a consequence, we ended up not having time to do […]

beetling off

Monday, May 28th, 2007

This was meant to be a more substantial post, but I have to beetle off in a few minutes. We’ve had a busy weekend, and this morning I’m off to meet up with a Grade 10 science class from one of the schools in the city. A friend, Eric Snyder, and I have been doing […]

raise the alarm!

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

I believe the average person’s reaction to seeing an Eastern Tent Caterpillar nest may be to become grossed out, or perhaps angry and determined to rip it down. I’ll admit that I experience some of that urge to rip down nests when I discover them in our apple trees. In that case, I generally cut […]

electric vehicles

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Zap Motors Xebra Pickup – Digital Image by Gus Frederick As you might guess, I have an interest in ways of saving on energy. We harness the power of the wind and sun to do all of the clothes drying around here, summer and winter. Lately, I’ve been musing over building a small greenhouse to […]

eastern ontario nature blogs

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

As mentioned yesterday, things are really picking up around here. I’m seeing many creatures wherever I look. The bird feeders have been very active, with many Goldfinches, Purple Finches, Cardinals, Chickadees and various sparrows. There are Spring Peepers calling from the drainage creek and American Toads trilling from all around in the evening, and Gray […]