Every drop of water counts! At least that was the case for much of Southern Ontario in 2016 when we experienced record breaking drought conditions. The Lower Trent Conservation watershed region experienced a 7-month drought advisory throughout most of 2016, which was lifted in February 2017. Last year, beginning in early June, a Level 1… Read More Every Drop Counts!
Lower Trent Conservation’s operations this summer were bolstered with the arrival of six summer students thanks to federal and provincial employment programs. Acquiring summer students is a tradition lasting decades for the organization, as it is a genuine opportunity for both parties to grow. Students have the ability to work under professionals in there aspiring fields, as well… Read More Summer Student Reflections
As no surprise to anyone living in many parts of southern Ontario, it’s been dry. So dry in fact, the Lower Trent Conservation watershed region is faced with Level 2 low water conditions. This means residents are asked to voluntarily use 20% less water than normal. With the hot, dry months of July and August… Read More Household Water Saving Tips
Even though sugar maples don’t grow across all of Canada, their sweet nature has bolstered them onto the Canadian flag to represent an entire nation. That’s pretty special! Looking at the flag, you’ll notice that the maple leaf has 5 lobes that end in pointed tips. Don’t be fooled by the leaf on the new… Read More Treevia – Sweet Sugar Maple
It’ been a big year for the Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar. Higher-than-usual numbers of the fluffy white larvae with black markings have gained notoriety this summer as they have frequently been spotted in parks, yards and other naturalized areas. The Hickory Tussock Moth is a species of Tiger moth that is native to Ontario. Larvae… Read More Hickory Tussock Moth – AKA the black and white caterpillar
Every summer our office gets a breath of fresh air and new life – an influx of students bounding with energy and ideas. The office hums with activity. This summer was no different as we welcomed seven bright and talented post-secondary students to Lower Trent Conservation. Hopefully you have already met them by reading our… Read More Saying Goodbye to our Summer Students
Funded through the Federal and Provincial Government employment programs, Lower Trent Conservation has hired 7 post-secondary students for the summer. These opportunities give students on-the-job experience related to their field of study. Name: Samantha Nurse Area of Study: Environmental Studies Current School: Carleton University Job Title: Conservation Area Events and Marketing Assistant Samantha, or Sam,… Read More Meet our Summer Students: Samantha Nurse
Funded through the Federal and Provincial Government employment programs, Lower Trent Conservation has hired 7 post-secondary students for the summer. These opportunities give students on-the-job experience related to their field of study. Name: Jenna Williamson Area of Study: Bachelor of Education Current School: University of Victoria Job Title: Assistant Water Resources Technician This summer Jenna… Read More Meet our Summer Students: Jenna Williamson
This summer, Lower Trent Conservation in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) are working together to educate the public on invasive species as well as monitoring populations of invasive species in the Lower Trent watershed. Every year non-native species are introduced to Ontario’s waters and forests through a variety of pathways.… Read More Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species!
Funded through the Federal and Provincial Government employment programs, Lower Trent Conservation has hired 7 post-secondary students for the summer. These opportunities give students on-the-job experience related to their field of study. Name: Cameron Weston Area of Study: Environmental Technologist Current School: Loyalist College Job Title: Conservation Lands Staff Student This summer, Cameron joins the… Read More Meet our Summer Students: Cameron Weston
Funded through the Federal and Provincial Government employment programs, Lower Trent Conservation has hired 7 post-secondary students for the summer. These opportunities give students on-the-job experience related to their field of study. Name: Kayla Moore Area of Study: Marine and Freshwater Biology Current School: University of Guelph Job Title: Invasive Species Community Outreach Liaison This… Read More Meet our Summer Students: Kayla Moore
Funded through the Federal and Provincial Government employment programs, Lower Trent Conservation has hired 7 post-secondary students for the summer. These opportunities give students on-the-job experience related to their field of study. Name: Alexandra Foxon Area of Study: Ecosystem Management Technology Current School: School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences, Fleming College Job Title: Assistant… Read More Meet our Summer Students: Alexandra Foxon
Funded through the Federal and Provincial Government employment programs, Lower Trent Conservation has hired 7 post-secondary students for the summer. These opportunities give students on-the-job experience related to their field of study. Name: Brody Brown Area of Study: Civil Engineering Technologist Current School: St. Lawrence College Job Title: Conservation Lands Staff Student Brody has joined… Read More Meet our Summer Students: Brody Brown
Funded through the Federal and Provincial Government employment programs, Lower Trent Conservation has hired 7 post-secondary students for the summer. These opportunities give students on-the-job experience related to their field of study. Name: Isaac Noyes Area of Study: Life Physics – Coop Program Current School: University of Waterloo Job Title: Assistant Environmental Technician, Environmental Stewardship… Read More Meet our Summer Students: Isaac Noyes
Silver maple is one of my favourite trees, probably because I associate it with swamp forests and flying squirrels. Silver maples like to grow on rich moist soil along shores of streams and lakes, or even in swamps – just the type of place flying squirrels like hanging out in. Unlike many other trees, silver… Read More Treevia – Swamps shimmer with silver maples
Trees in the willow family, including poplars, aspens and cottonwoods, are always in a rush – in a rush to grow! Balsam poplars are part of this fast family whose members grow like weeds. Some people refer to poplars as pioneers since they are the first trees to move into and settle an open and recently… Read More Treevia – Balsam poplar: a tree in a hurry
Most of us think of trees as serene and peace-loving beings with patient growth habits and eye-pleasing forms. Ahhh… But there are a few rascals in the bunch that don’t like to play nice. Black walnuts are one such devious example. Mature walnut trees exude a toxic substance from their roots to inhibit the growth of… Read More Treevia – Black walnut don’t play nice
When you notice trees blushing in a month or two, you’ll know spring has arrived. Red maples are one of the first trees to flower in later winter and they do so with passion. Long before growing out their leaves red maples erupt with tiny flowers crowded in dense clusters. But it’s not… Read More Treevia – Red maple: the colour of love!
Have you ever nibbled on a nut from a butternut tree? If you did, you’d know why squirrels melt at the mere thought of them. Sadly, these tasty seeds are vanishing from our forests. Butternuts are threatened by butternut canker, a fungal disease which slowly kills infected trees. Stricken trees gradually lose their branches and… Read More Treevia – Melting over butternuts
Chances are that when you’re driving past a plantation in southern Ontario it’s full of red pines. Back in the 1920s and onwards, they were the go-to species for reforestation projects aimed at stopping soil erosion. These days you can also find red pines along most city streets and rural roads, but you have to… Read More Treevia – Red, red pine
The Honey locust tree, has a sweet sounding name. It’s probably called that because of its quaint perfumed flower clusters which attract clouds of bees. However, the trees are armed with wicked three-branched thorns on the stems and trunk so look before you hug! Fortunately, bees don’t mind this prickly armour. This is a unique and highly decorative… Read More Treevia – Honey Locust: unhuggable yet irresistable
If I were a tree I’d like to be an oak – strong, beautiful and able to weather the elements of time with character. There is a multitude of oak species around the world and here in southern Ontario they can be assigned to one of two groups: red oaks and white oaks. Species belonging… Read More Treevia – Oak tough
All trees across south eastern Ontario were turned into enchanting ice sculptures recently. Some trees bore the burden of the glacial glaze elegantly, but others shed limbs or fell right over. If you take a quick look around, you may find there is a pattern to which trees survived intact and which bore scars or… Read More Treevia – The ice tolerant Eastern White Cedar
White spruce and balsam fir are popular Christmas tree choices. Underneath all the ornaments, strings of lights and layers of tinsel they might seem the same, but when you get past the glitter you can recognize their unique personalities. Both species have evergreen needles, however spruce needles are square and pointy while the fir needles… Read More Treevia – What’s your Christmas tree?
“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the watershed Not a creature was stirring; they’d all gone to bed The river was nestled all snug in her banks Not a sign of erosion, for this we give thanks To the citizens who spent their time planting the trees And the native wildflowers that attracted… Read More A Watershed Christmas
If you don’t know what an ash tree looks like, I suggest you get to know one before a voracious little beetle beats you to it. There are five native species of ash trees in Ontario: white, black, green, blue and pumpkin (you can call it orange!). Their branches and leaves are arranged opposite of… Read More Treevia – Ash vs Beetle
This majestic evergreen is easy to recognize. Often, these giants poke through a woodland canopy showing off their feathery wind-styled coiffures. Up close, a white pine has long soft needles that come in bundles of five, one needle for each letter in its name: W-H-I-T-E. Found in most of Ontario, the eastern white pine can… Read More Treevia – Eastern White Pine
The good news is that we can restore, enhance or naturalize shorelines to make them more appealing to wildlife while protecting water quality at the same time. It can be as simple as parking the lawn mower and just letting the grass grow wild along the shoreline. It’s less work for the landowner and definitely… Read More Part 3: Planting native plants in your own back yard – a cure for extinction?
Healthy well vegetated shorelines do more than just attract wildlife. Shoreline plants also work hard to improve water quality. Plants use the nutrients that would otherwise wash down into a stream or pond. They intercept excess nutrients leaching from unmaintained septic beds or excessive fertilizer. The deep reaching roots of shrubs and trees growing along… Read More Part 2: Shorelines work up a sweat!
Did you know that shorelines, those areas along streams, rivers, lakes and ponds where water meets land, is where all the action happens? This meeting place of the aquatic and terrestrial realms is key to the survival of species that frequent both worlds. And it all starts with plants. A diversity of native plants makes… Read More Part 1: Good eats from the natural shoreline menu
‘Tis the time of year, when everyone is bustling about trying to find that perfect gift. This year, the gift of time could be the most valuable one you give. Take the time to create some Christmas memories that you will cherish long after the tinsel and ornaments are packed away. Time can be in… Read More All I Want for Christmas is … ?
Charles (Charlie) Puddephatt June 10, 1921 – November 27, 2010 Steve Flindall, a long time friend of Charlie Puddephatt, provided us with this story of Charlie … and his love for the Murray Marsh. “Charles Puddephatt moved to Fawn Farm with his family in 1934 and farmed with his brother, Jack, and his father until… Read More Charlie Puddephatt – he loved this land
Over the years, improvements in technology have allowed Lower Trent Conservation to gain an ever-increasing quality of mapping information. Maps form the basis of many of the decisions that we make for our watershed management activities. High quality maps help us answer questions such as: Where might a flood occur? Where are the sources of… Read More Mapping – From Hot-Air-Balloons to Satellites
My chickens have a stalker! I saw him again this morning as I was putting the hens’ breakfast in the coop: he was perched on a purple martin house looking hungry! Good thing the coop is an impenetrable fortress – no one gets in and no one gets out. Knock on wood! Northern Harriers are… Read More Bird of the Week – The Northern Harrier
Dear cottage lovers, Does the unmistakable call of a loon make you feel like you should be on a lake paddling a canoe someplace? Well, it certainly does for me. Thus, it was amazing, to hear that unique call of the wild flying right over my head as I was watering my chickens the other… Read More Bird of the Week – The Common Loon
Yesterday, in the middle of making millet burgers for dinner, I had an urgent call to check out a strange sound coming from a tree in front of the house. I heard a soft, distant “ku..ku..ku..ku…ku”. Strange indeed. I grabbed my binoculars, which are always at the ready by the door, and chased down the… Read More Bird of the Week – the Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Killdeer technically, are shorebirds. Thus, you’d expect to find them at the shore of a river or lake, or maybe even the beach, but no – they like to hang out in all sorts of other habitats like fields, parking lots, golf courses and gravely rooftops. I suppose being keen on human created habitats is… Read More Bird of the Week – The Killdeer
As some of you may know, last week I became a mother to five egg-laying hens. Having chickens has inspired me to write about a chicken-like bird. The trouble is, the bird of the week has to be migratory according to the going theme. So instead of telling you about yearlong residents like wild turkeys or… Read More Bird of the Week – the American Woodcock
Turkey vultures are one of my favourite birds simply because they are big and easy to see, plus they have really memorable personalities. They are impressive birds, it just takes a keen eye to recognize it. First of all, they are big and brown with a uniquely attractive fleshy red head. You will find them… Read More Bird of the Week – Turkey Vulture
These guys are the size of a large cigar with wings; shiny blue on top and white on the underside. Tree swallows live near water or wet fields where they can chase after bugs through the air, catching their food “on the wing”. You’re also sure to spot these skilled aerial feeders perched in long… Read More Bird of the Week – Tree Swallow
These guys are emerald green on the head and back with a whitish belly. Males have an iridescent red throat that shimmers depending on how the light hits it. They also have a long beak and virtually no legs. You may have already noticed that hummingbirds are fast fliers that can stop on a dime,… Read More Bird of the Week – Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Hey nature fans! Let’s learn a new bird each week to help you recognize some of the neat birds which have migrated back to our watershed this spring! Did you know that over 70% of the bird species that nest in Canada fly south for the winter?! This means Canadians share “our” birds with many… Read More Bird of the Week – Red Winged Blackbird
Posted by: Ewa Bednarczuk Finally!! After four weeks of patient watching and counting we’ve been rewarded with a new bird species at our feeders: Goldfinches! Three little beige birds with black bars on their wings discovered the nyjer seed we offer – at last! You’ve probably seen these guys in the spring when they are… Read More Birds and Binoculars
Posted by: The Nature Camp Summer time at Goodrich-Loomis Nature Camp has come to an end. Camp was a blast this summer! The weather was sunny and hot which didn’t stop campers and counsellors from exploring the creek and enjoying the cool shade of the forest. The GLNC crew are wrapping up all the summer… Read More Nature Camp Wrap Up!
Posted by: Jade and Jenni This summer at Lower Trent Conservation, we have been busy monitoring streams in our watershed through the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) protocol. We begin performing a ‘kick and sweep’ motion in the stream to collect benthic invertebrates (bugs that live in streams) which harbor themselves under rocks and along the stream… Read More The benthic crew wrap up the summer!
Posted by: Caroline Zawadzka Developing a stewardship plan for your property is nothing more than a list of action items to enhance the land, as well as your enjoyment and use of it. Your plan should be based on two things: one, the land itself. This may consist of woodlands, meadows, prairies, wetlands, shorelines, or if you are… Read More It’s Never Too Early to Get Started On A Stewardship Plan