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Notes from the Field – Spring 2018

Darlene, Jordyn & Jane. photo: Dorthea

An evening visit to  Roehl Wetland Reserve to monitor frog calls. 

Jordyn, Darlene & Jane (photo: Dorthea)

With evening temperatures of plus 10 but ice and snow still covering sections of the Roehl wetland, it was anybody’s guess what we would hear.  On cue at dusk, the first trills and choruses of the male spring peepers started up and subsided, started up again, and subsided; as though warming up their vocal chords for the main performance.  

By dark we had identified three or four distinct choruses of Spring Peepers around us, and so we are happy to report that spring is definitely back and hopefully will not be thwarted again.

Darlene and Jane will continue to monitor this site with occasional assistance from Jordyn.   – April 24, 2018

All over Conservancy wetlands, volunteers are now monitoring frog calls for the season, and we look forward to reporting back their results to you. 




Agnew Tree MaintenanceVolunteer Bruce Duncan visited the Thomas C. Agnew Nature Reserve on April 5th, ready to manage a number of hazardous trees. 

There were seven trees that were dealt with – some had fallen across the trail, others were likely to fall soon! Learn more about this property and visit the trails. Thanks Bruce for helping keep the trails safe!



Liz Schamehorn Painting on Roehl

photo: David J. Hawke


The sun is shining and the blackflies are absent… what better time to be outdoors painting a scene for our 25th Anniversary Legacy Landscape art show. Liz Schamehorn is on the bank of the Head River within the Kris Starr Sanctuary. She was ‘discovered’ by Dave Hawke while he was doing some trail work on the property. Be sure to book time to see the art show in November! – March 23, 2018





photo: Dorthea Hangaard


Meagan takes an unplanned dip in one of the streams at Roehl Wetland Reserve, officially marking the beginning of the spring field season.

We’re planning for a new Water Team who will monitor the two streams that flow through the Roehl Reserve, eventually emptying into Sparrow Lake.   – March 23, 2018








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