Monthly Archives: January 2014

Highlights of the 2014 Annual General Meeting

Some of the founding members of The Couchiching Conservancy

The Annual General Meeting and 20th anniversary was featured in the Orillia Packet & Times.

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Seeking a Better Way for Pits and Quarries

Quarry Tour

If you live in Severn Township, Oro-Medonte, Ramara, or Carden, chances are good that you are familiar with a gravel pit or stone quarry in your neighbourhood.

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Articles of Continuance and Updated By-laws

Trillium in Copeland Forest

The Couchiching Conservancy was incorporated in 1993 under the Canada Corporations Act. The Act has now been updated and the Conservancy is creating and filing new by-laws to govern how we will operate going forward.

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American Tree Sparrow; a welcome visitor

Tree Sparrow by Arni Stinnissen

Although it may not be as colourful and dazzling as other birds of winter such as chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, juncos and northern shrikes, The American Tree sparrow is a welcomed visitor. One cannot deny its beauty either, for with its rufous- coloured crown and stripe behind its eye, the streaking on its back and the dark spot on its predominantly gray breast, it is a lovely looking bird.

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Heads out of the covers; winter plant seeds

The dried stalk and seed pods of a swamp milkweed appear above the deep snow cover, providing an opportunity to discover more about the natural world in winter. Various species of plants have tall flower spikes visible now in our region's open fields and wetlands.

It’s an understatement to say that this winter so far has been a very snowy one. And it may seem that there is little to observe in our natural world right now. But a snowshoe trek around wetlands and meadows reveals an interesting and important part of the life cycle of certain plants. Rising above the blanket of white are the stalks and seed heads of plants that have evolved to disperse their seeds in the late fall and winter.

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Christmas Bird Count Season Coming to a Close

Whatever today’s weather brings, there will be 25 or more hardy souls out and about in the Carden Alvar area, scouring the countryside for winter birds. The first weekend in January marks the tail-end of the Christmas Bird Count season, a volunteer tradition now in its 114th year.

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