Monthly Archives: January 2015

Winter Family Fun: Take it outside!

Don’t let the weather get you down…Need some ideas for fun, outdoor family activities? Look no further! Read Education Coordinator, Julia Wolst’s suggestions on how to take it outside!


The Greening of Ontario’s Aggregate Industry

Quarry Tour

new voluntary standards for the aggregate industry by the Cornerstone Standards Council is welcome news for communities struggling to cope with pits and quarries. The region around Orillia already has dozens of these operations in the limestone bedrock areas of Carden, Ramara, and Severn, and in the gravel areas on the Oro Moraine. A recent provincial review has identified this region as a major source area for future aggregate supplies, so the potential conflicts associated with this industry are only going to grow.


Volunteer Teams Care for Carden

Wolf Run Alvar Stewardship Walk

The Couchiching Conservancy’s mission is to protect nature for future generations – a big statement that encompasses all of the work that they do today. Once a property is acquired (though a straight purchase, easement or partnership), they work to protect it with a number of volunteer property teams that conduct stewardship walks at least four times a year. These walks act as an important way to keep records, species seen and any issues that arise like dumping. It’s like keeping a pulse on the property and checking that it’s healthy and thriving. So what exactly happens on a Stewardship walk? Read this article to follow along on a Stewardship walk of Wolf Run Alvar.


Bird Watching: Tufted Titmouse

A. Stinnissen Tuffed Titmouse

Tufted Titmice are members of the Paridae family of birds and are close relatives of Chickadees. They look and act much like them, although they are a little larger, don’t have a black cap, but they do have a gray crest on their head. They have gray under parts and rusty coloured flanks. I knew I would recognize one when I saw it!