Category Archives: Birds

The Carden Challenge: Working Together for Nature

It’s around 5:30 pm on Friday and the teams are starting to gather at the cabin. Tents are being pitched, cars parked and tally sheets distributed. It’s nearly time for the Carden Challenge to start.


Feature Bird: Eastern Towhees

After a minute or so listening and watching, the noise stopped and from out of the undergrowth, a male Eastern Towhee flew up to the rail fence, tipped his head up and began to sing his heart out….”drink your tea…drink your tea!”


It’s Event Season! Join the Passport, Challenge & Walk

Volunteers in Action

Birding, Walking, Biodiversity and Wilderness. Take part in some of the great upcoming events to connect with nature in our neighbourhood!


The Fantastic World of Bird Nicknames

Pileated Woodpecker

Reading an article on woodpeckers, the author referred to a Pileated woodpecker as a “Logcock”. That was a term I had never heard and it got me thinking. How many birds do I know that have nicknames?


In the News: Wildlife On the Move

A decade ago, we would visit Niagara-on-the-Lake for a glimpse of these species, and marvel that their ranges just barely reached into the southernmost bits of Ontario.


Love Is In The Air – Barred Owls

Barred Owl. Photo by Arni Stinnissen.

Barred owls do not migrate, they are year round residents, so there is plenty of opportunity to see and hear them. Learn about these feathered friends.


Migrating Ducks are on the Move

It can really be an exciting time of the year, especially if you live by a lake as we do, for you never know from one day to the next, what species of bird will appear on the lake.


Roosting Boxes: Building a home for the winter

Roosting and Nesting Boxes

Many bird lovers either purchase or build nest boxes for their favourite wild birds: bluebirds, swallows, chickadees, nuthatches and many more. These boxes vary in size and shapes and in particular, the size of the entrance hole, depending on the desired species. We have had as many as 40 swallow houses on our property, and an equal number of bluebird houses on fence posts along the sides of the roads in our area but only after receiving the permission of the landowner.


Feeding birds during cooler weather


It’s fall again, and for many who do not feed birds all summer, it is now time to get those feeders out. Learn some insights from avid birder, David Homer.


Birding: A Run-in with Double-crested Cormorants

A. Stinnissen Double Crested Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorants are anything but a pretty bird. They are prehistoric in looks and age, one of oldest bird species at about two million years. Painted images of them have been found in ancient North American caves and Egyptian tombs. There are about thirty Cormorant species throughout the world, the Double-crested are the only species in North America.