Monthly Archives: May 2013

Carden Challenge – Another Successful Year

Team Lagerhead

Cool and sunny weather and fields of alvar flowers greeted the twelve teams who took part in the 2013 Carden Challenge held May 24-25th.

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Trilliums; symbolic woodland beauties

There are four species of trilliums growing in our area; white trilliums, red trillium, which are both widespread, while the painted trillium and nodding trillium are both rare and uncommon.

White trilliums bloom in early spring in forested areas before the trees above them leaf out and block the sunlight. Spring forest flowers take advantage of the time between the thawing of the soil and the unfurling of tree leaves when the forest floor is warm enabling the flowers to grow very rapidly.

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Heartwood Fund Reaches a New Milestone

The Couchiching Conservancy has reached a major milestone for the Heartwood Fund…$1 million in pledges.

A group of 40 Conservancy supporters gathered at the home of Bob and Wendy Sullivan to celebrate the achievements of the Heartwood Fund, an endowment fund that was launched one year ago. This fund will support the operations of the Conservancy in perpetuity and is made up of legacy contributions such as wills, donations of insurance policies, land, stocks and cash.

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American robin; a welcome spring visitor

American Robins are members of the Thrush family, which also includes Eastern Bluebirds, and like other members of the family they are one of the first of our backyard birds to set up house and raise a family. In just a few days after their arrival back in our area from their migration, the nest building begins. Some individuals will build in the same location as long as they live and then other members of the family will continue the tradition. The bracket attaching a coach light to our house has been a nesting location for Robins since we built the house many years ago. A pair of Robins may have three different broods each year, raising 3-5 young in each brood. Females incubate the eggs for about 14 days. Both parents will feed the young.

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