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Notes from the Field – Spring 2017

The Agnew/Fawcett Property Team got together on May 1st to share supper and discuss plans for property monitoring for the upcoming year.  From left to right:  Jane Sloley, Peter Robinson, Carol Sinclair, Noella Storry, Lisa Neville, Dave Hawke, and Gayle Carlyle (photo by Dorthea Hangaard).

 


 

 

Our 2017 Engagement Organizers, Kelcey and Grant have been braving the flooding in Carden not only to speak to our supporters and nature enthusiasts in the field, but also to help local wildlife get around. One important note from the field is that the turtles are out and about. Be careful when driving to take care of turtles, like the painted turtle seen here with Grant. 

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Use caution in Carden! For a bit of scale Engagement Organizer Kelcey is posing in front of a Wylie Road ‘puddle’ on May 11th. This remote area can be difficult to access at the best of times and with no indication of depth there is danger for you and your vehicle at these pond-like puddles. Stay safe, and if you see Kelcey and Grant tell them to just keep swimming!

 

 

 


 

A flood watch was posted for Carden the weekend of May 6th.  Bill and Vicki Sherwood didn’t want to miss the action at McGee Creek, which they steward as part of our Water Quality Monitoring Program.They  reported that water levels rose 14 centimetres between Thursday and Saturday, but the photos say it all.  See more here

If you have been considering joining the Water Monitoring Team, now is a great time to get involved.  The next training session for new volunteers is May 31, 2017

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Data Loggers are a great way to collect continuous information on stream temperature.  A small device is placed in the stream and collects temperature readings at regular intervals. At the end of the season, the data loggers are brought back to the office and the information downloaded onto a computer.  On Wednesday May 3rd, Meagan Coughlin and Dorthea Hangaard installed three data loggers in Conservancy streams.  Two more to go! 

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Gerry Church and John Pitts made their first property monitoring visit to the Kris Starr Sanctuary on Friday April 28th.   Its location just south of QEII Wildlands Provincial Park and reputation for Species at Risk make this an exciting property to visit and Friday’s monitoring trip didn’t disappoint.   Five-lined Skink (Ontario’s only Lizard and a Species at Risk), Sandhill Cranes,  and a Butternut Tree (also a Species at Risk) all made an appearance.    The Head River was flowing high. To see more photos from the trip click here.   If you would like to join a property monitoring team,  you can check out available properties here


Our newest property, the Adams Nature Reserve, is a 107 acre wildland on The Land Between, adjacent to the Kashe Lake Barrens and QEII Provincial Park. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, we already have a Property Monitoring Team established – Ron Reid and Janet Grand – as well as a Water Monitoring Team – Noella Storry and Peter Robinson.  Wetlands on the property drain into First Creek, which flows across the property to eventually merge with the Black River.  On the evening of April 24th, Noella and Peter took their first trip to First Creek with Dorthea to collect water quality data.  For a full year they will monitor twice per month, to give us a good baseline of information to compare against future years.  P.S:  The mosquitoes are out. 

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A warm and sunny day April 24th made for a very relaxing refresher course for some of the water team members.  In attendance were Mary Mick, Bill & Vicki Sherwood, Ron and Sharon Hancock.  Dorthea and Meagan Coughlin led the session.   Thanks to Bill Sherwood for taking photos.  You can see more photos from the day on our flickr album here.

 

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Photo by Ginny Moore

 

Wolf Run Alvar in Carden is remote enough that we set aside our expectations of securing volunteers to monitor the site.  Tom Wilson, however, is no shrinking violet, and not only pulls off a visit in every season, but invites other to come along with him. On April 22nd, Tom Wilson, Ginny Moore, John Ford, Arthur Gladstone &  Sue McIntosh conducted the spring site visit, in part to help John Ford prepare for his fall Passport to Nature Event called, “Rock, Dirt, Glaciers and Grikes”.   You will have the opportunity to visit this unique property on September 16th.  Register here.

 

 

 


Grant Wetland has a new property monitoring team:  Adrienne Kohl and Alyson Karson.  On April 20th, Adrienne took her first monitoring trip of the property, accompanied by Dave Hawke Dorthea Hangaard.  Grant Wetland is our most urban property, but we saw four kinds of willow trees and heard the mating call of a Wood Frog.  We looked for suckers in Sundial Creek, who could show up any day now, but found none.   Property Monitoring Teams are assigned a permanent property to caretake and visit at least one per season.  If you are interested in becoming a Property Monitor, click here.  


 

Garry Fell and Geri Poisson are the new Property Monitoring Team for Church Woods, our southern-most property.  On April 13th, Geri made his first site visit to the property with Dave Hawke and Dorthea Hangaard.   Wild Leek were in abundance, and Coltsfoot was just beginning to bloom.  Large Beech Trees and a mature stand of Black Walnut were observed, and one remaining living Butternut Tree.   Garry and Geri will continue to monitor this property seasonally.  If you think you’d like to be a Property Monitor, click here for the job description and available opportunities


 

 

While some Water Teams never stopped testing this winter (Andrew McPhee, Morris Ilyniak, Alyson Karson, Laura Robert), most teams are now ready for the spring freshet.  The deep and fast-moving waters in spring make it extra-challenging to collect samples safely and effectively.  Here’s Adrienne Kohl sampling from the Talbot River at Doyle Road using the lay-on-the-culvert method.  April 12, 2017.  Photo by Jennie Clark.

 

 

 


Bill and Vicki Sherwood made an early start at their water monitoring site on Shrike Road in Carden.  On a balmy Sunday afternoon on April 2nd, they spotted this Brook Stickleback in McGee Creek as well as Bluebirds, Robins, and Turkey Vultures.  All are sure signs of spring! The Stickleback posed for a quick photo and was returned to his stream unharmed.  Click here to see more water team photos