Monthly Archives: September 2014

Our thanks to hundreds of volunteers

Yang Yu picking garlic mustard

If you have volunteered with us in the past year, we have an event just for you! We will be recognizing all of the efforts made this year to protect land in our area. Join us on Sunday, October 19th from 1:30pm – 3:30pm in Hall 1 of the Orillia Community Church (OCC) on Colborne Street.


Windmill Weekend worth the celebration

A. Stinnissen semi-palmated sandpiper

Come September, there seem to be few birds in our neighbourhood. Most of our summer residents are gone; off to their wintering grounds the places we dream about come winter. However, there are places, not that far off where birds are plentiful, especially shorebirds and ducks- that place is the Eastern Seaboard.


In the News: Carden Alvar Provincial Park

carden plain

After nearly decade on the wait list, a rare grassland ecosystem in Ramara Township has been formally protected as a provincial park.

The Ministry of Natural Resources announced Wednesday five nature areas would be added to the Ontario Parks docket — including Carden Alvar, near Lake Dalrymple.


Lighting up the autumn – fall wildflowers

White Turtlehead

September is a perfect time to get outside and discover the bursts of colour and texture these plants provide to the landscape; not to mention their importance in the ecosystem.


It takes a village, but the village needs a leader

Tim Crooks in Church Woods

The Couchiching Conservancy files on the Church Woods are thick.

This charming little 25-acre woodlot in Shanty Bay stands waiting today for anyone who has the inclination to wander through it, thanks to the enormous effort of a small group of neighbours who made it their business to protect it almost a decade ago.