Category Archive for 'Conservation'

First Annual Blogger BioBlitz

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Saturday, Don and I hiked a loop over several trails at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, stopping to photograph some mosses, a few remnants of what looked to be a Northern Flying Squirrel that must have been dropped by a predator (I’m sparing you the photo), and some Red Velvet Mites that we found wandering over […]

chimney swift migration watch – citizen science

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica) descending into the chimney of the Robie Tufts Nature Centre pavilion in Wolfville, N.S. – July 2005 I’ve just added an new link to the Citizen Science page on this blog. This one is for Chimney Swift spring sightings on the Driftwood Wildlife Association’s Chimney website. If you visit that […]

transfer of knowledge

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

This morning the temperature was -26C (-15F) with a strong northwest wind. With the windchill factor, it was -42C (-44F). I’ve been out for a couple of short walks so far today, but it’s a bit wicked when you get out into the field behind the barn. I’ll be very glad when we get into […]

and the survey says

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

A couple of days ago, a few of us got talking about bioindicators at Niches. That, in turn, got me thinking about various kinds of surveys that I’ve participated in over the years. For three summers, I worked on a stream survey project in a major watershed of our region. A couple of years ago, […]

clear water

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

This week, I’ve been thinking about rivers, lakes, canoes, and water. Maybe it’s just the weather. It’s finally turned cold and the rivers have frozen over. Last weekend, we saw ice-fishing huts here and there along the Rideau on our return home from hiking at the forestry centre. Perhaps it was going out to Mudpuppy […]

the wisdom of trees

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

This is the first of a couple of unrelated posts for today. Wayne at Niches has just posted about the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) which is due out Friday. I encourage you to have a wander over to his blog to learn more if you haven’t been keeping […]

the mystery of the marked trees

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

A couple of days ago, in my hiking report from Mill Pond Conservation Area, I wrote about some trees that are marked with numerals written in blue paint. We first noticed the marked stand of trees in one region of the forest some time ago – I can’t quite remember when, but it’s probably been […]