In the Field

Notes From The Field – Summer 2017

A look at volunteer and staff activities at some of the properties we help to protect and care for with your support! Check back often.


You can Help Protect the Black River Wildlands

Black River Wildlands

The Couchiching Conservancy has a rare opportunity to protect more than 4 kms of Black River shoreline, winding through 730 acres of intact wilderness. Working with Ontario Parks, the Conservancy is racing to raise $575,000 to purchase this parcel which will fill a significant gap in Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park.


Conserving Creativity with the Orillia Museum

Bird House Building with OMAH. Photo by Deb Halbot

The Orillia Museum of Art & History and The Couchiching Conservancy are proud to announce, Conserving Creativity, as part of 2017’s Ontario150 celebrations in showcasing the legacy of our cultural landscape.


We have events for you to go outside and play this fall!

I know, I know, it can be shocking at first, maybe even a little upsetting, but when the leaves begin to change colour there is magic in the air


How birds keep cool in summer heat

During one of the very few really hot days we had this summer, a lady asked me how birds keep cool during those conditions.
They have a number of methods of beating the heat.


Art at Grant`s Woods: “Art is Where You Find It”

The Couchiching Conservancy land trust has partnered with the Orillia Museum of Art and History to present a special event of installation artworks along the trails of the Grant’s Woods Nature Reserve. Funding for this project was generously provided by the Ontario 150 program.


Over 2,000 sign 17% Pledge to Protect Nature

Property Monitoring Special: Who wants to be a scientist?

A Wild Partnership with the Ganaraska Trail

Black River area map

As we work to protect the Black River Wildlands just east of Washago, I have become aware of how much time I have wasted in a car to get to places I perceived to be pristine escapes.


Featured Bird: Cuckoos (Not Just on Clocks!)

I also was delighted by the farm houses, because in those days, most had a cuckoo clock.? I was also thrilled, with a little help, to pull the long chains which wound up the clock mechanisms. Little did I know that there was a real bird called a Cuckoo!


Passport to Nature: “Passport Please”

Have you ever lost or misplaced your passport? Anxious moments for humans. Do you ever wonder who carries out passport control for Mother Nature? She was here long before “we” put up these artificial borders.


A tale of two adventurers, not long from now

Weekend hikers and paddlers, your attention please.

I give you two scenarios: Sally and Sid…


Events at Black River Wildlands

Get to know what will be the Black River Wildlands with some upcoming events. Donate to participate in a Hike, Bike or Paddle!