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Notes From The Field – Spring 2019

2019 Earth Day Clean Up

Over 30 volunteers pitched in on Earth Day and  picked up 50 bags of garbage at Wilson Point Wetland and the surrounding neighbourhood. 

In a span of only two hours, these dedicated people picked up 50 bags of garbage, household items and waste. Wilson Point Wetland is a nine-hectare Nature Reserve near Lake Couchiching in Orillia that was protected in 1996 thanks to Charles Grant and his sisters Sandra and Kerry.


The property is a good example of wooded swamp with mixed coniferous and deciduous species. Nature Reserves like this act as a critical filtration system. The care of this property is made possible thanks to members, supporters and volunteers.

“We are so grateful for the people who step up to protect the Earth, on this day, and every of the year. It was disappointing to see how much garbage we collected in a relatively small area of Orillia,” said Joelle Burnie, Engagement Organizer with the Conservancy.

Thank you everyone!

photo: John F. Wright

Our Frog Monitoring Team at Bluebird Ranch reports that the Western Chorus Frogs were calling on April 17th! The Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs will not be far behind.  Western Chorus Frogs are listed as a “Threatened” species Federally, but in our region we find they are fairly abundant in Ramara and Carden.  

Our Bluebird Ranch team of John F. Wright and Morris Ilyniak also sent in photos of the Barn Swallow structure:  apparently the woodpeckers have discovered it!  

Barn Swallows are listed Federally and Provincially as  “Threatened”.  As wooden barns go, so go the Barn Swallows.  Ron Reid built this structure several years ago and it has been successfully occupied by nesting Barn Swallows.  


John, Jan, Mel, Sue, Craig, David & David. Al Tuck missed the photo (photo: Dorthea)

While we wait for the snow and ice to melt, training courses for the citizen science program continue through April and May.  On April 3rd,  seven volunteers joined Dave Hawke to learn the basics of operating a GPS handheld device.   

Knowing how to track your route and identify the location of significant wildlife sightings is an essential tool for all of our monitoring activities.  

Click here to see what training courses are coming up next