Tag Archives: forests

Non-hibernating Mode; Nature in Winter

Anyone who knows me knows I am not a huge fan of winter. In fact, that would be putting it mildly.
Given that humans have not evolved to hibernate through winter, I must figure out a way to make it through to springtime

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You and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

We are not the owners of this Earth, we are merely its guardians for a short time. That being said, the pace of world trade, manufacturing and consumption has grown exponentially in the past century.

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Nature Deficit Disorder – we can fix this!

As parents, we are constantly bombarded with all the things that we must be doing wrong. Blame and finger pointing is prevalent. There is even a trendy new label for this crisis of disconnect and inactivity – “Nature Deficit Disorder” – and the reported long-term effects of this syndrome are frightening.
But, here is the good news: we can fix this. We can turn it around. It is not too late.

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Wild Education: Nature in the Neighbourhood

Nature in the Neighborhood is The Couchiching Conservancy’s flagship youth engagement program. It was established to help ensure that students from all backgrounds have access to affordable, locally-based, outdoor education. By engaging students to seek and find the “wild” within their own community, we aim to empower our youth with the skills to explore the outdoors and nurture a love of the natural world.

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Life on the inside: Forest interiors

Several hundred years ago, lush, green forests covered almost all of southern Ontario. The forests were made up of trees of various species, sizes, and ages with shrubs and woodland flowers underneath. Wildlife abounded in these wooded areas. There were few openings in the forest canopy except where weather systems had downed trees or where native grasslands thrived.

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Bill Grant gives a living gift that will endure

Bill Grant left Grant’s Woods, a 52 acre forest in Orillia, Ontario, to The Couchiching Conservancy in memory of his brother Jack. When Bill passed away some months ago, he left another legacy to the Conservancy.

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Heads out of the covers; winter plant seeds

It’s an understatement to say that this winter so far has been a very snowy one. And it may seem that there is little to observe in our natural world right now. But a snowshoe trek around wetlands and meadows reveals an interesting and important part of the life cycle of certain plants. Rising above the blanket of white are the stalks and seed heads of plants that have evolved to disperse their seeds in the late fall and winter.

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More winter greenery than just Christmas trees

Now that late fall is here and leaves have fallen from the trees, it may seem like there isn’t much to see in our area forests until springtime.

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Celebrating 20 years of conservation

In 1993, a small group of residents of North Simcoe County were taking action as the regions forests, wetlands and grasslands began to slip away. At the time, there were many questions that didn’t have answers: What will happen to these lands? Will they still be there in 5 years? What about 50 years? Who is ensuring that this land is protected? In answer, The Couchiching Conservancy was formed with its mission “to protect nature for future generations”. Every year since then, they have continued to follow through on their promises.

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Tamarack: A different conifer

The name tamarack comes from an Algonkian word meaning “wood to make snowshoes”, telling us just how important this tree species was to the First Nation community.

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