Tag Archives: wildlife

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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Tracking wildlife in the winter

Snow provides a unique way of recording the passing-by of various species of wildlife. Their tracks and trails reveal not only what species are hanging around for the winter, but may also reveal some of their behaviours: Are they solitary or travelling as a family? Eating plants or catching prey? Denning in the snow or constantly moving?

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Birding: Mallards galore in Ontario

Mallard ducks are now so common in our area that they can be found just about anywhere there is water. But it was not always so. When I was a small boy living in eastern Ontario, Mallards were seldom seen and when they were, they were referred to as “western ducks”. The most bountiful wild duck we had at the time was the American Black duck, a close relative of the Mallard. Now we see few “Blacks” and lots of Mallards. Both however are very beautiful birds.

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Bird Behaviour: Survival of the fittest

Bird behaviour, like human behaviour is sometimes very cruel, but nonetheless very fascinating!

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At the feeder: Red-bellied Woodpecker

In 2012 the Carden Christmas Bird count recorded two individuals during the count. This year Carden had three individuals. Two individuals were recorded during the Orillia count this year. So it seems the species is certainly putting down roots in our area.

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American Tree Sparrow; a welcome visitor

Although it may not be as colourful and dazzling as other birds of winter such as chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, juncos and northern shrikes, The American Tree sparrow is a welcomed visitor. One cannot deny its beauty either, for with its rufous- coloured crown and stripe behind its eye, the streaking on its back and the dark spot on its predominantly gray breast, it is a lovely looking bird.

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Mourning Doves: our year-round visitors

Although we do have many different species of birds visit us all winter long, we can always depend on three species to stay around our property year-round: White breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped chickadee and one other favourite, especially in the winter, The Mourning Dove.

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The Black-capped chickadee

The Black-capped chickadee, the species found in our area, has been described variously as sociable, industrious, agile, inquisitive, gregarious, trusting and acrobatic, and while they are all true, none of these adjectives fully describe this little bundle of cheerfulness.

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Reflections from Summer Staff

From April thru August the Couchiching Conservancy has employed Rianna van de Hoef and Nick Shurben as summer staff; this is their second article reflecting on their experiences.

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Summer 2013 Notes from the Field

A special feature updated regularly with notes and photos of our staff in the field. Featuring our summer interns, Nick and Rianna, our stewardship manager, Dave Hawke, and the desk-bound who manager to escape every now and again.

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