Summer Student Reflections

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

Hickory Tussock Moth – AKA the black and white caterpillar

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

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: 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

Meet our Summer Students: Jenna Williamson

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

Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species!

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!

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

Meet our Summer Students: Isaac Noyes

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

Treevia – Honey Locust: unhuggable yet irresistable

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

Treevia – What’s your Christmas tree?

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?

Part 3: Planting native plants in your own back yard – a cure for extinction?

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?

Part 2: Shorelines work up a sweat!

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!

Part 1: Good eats from the natural shoreline menu

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

Mapping – From Hot-Air-Balloons to Satellites

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

The benthic crew wrap up the summer!

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!

It’s Never Too Early to Get Started On A Stewardship Plan

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