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The Church Woods Nature Reserve: Protecting urban wild spaces

In Climate Change, Fauna, Flora, Nature Reserves & Easements, Property Maintenance, Species at Risk, Stewardship by couchiching

Walking through The Church Woods Nature Reserve on a spring day is a sublime experience. Spring ephemerals such as Blue Cohosh, Trout Lily, White Trillium, and Red Trillium colour the forest understory beautifully. If you look closely though, you’ll notice a few things are amiss, thick patches of invasive garlic …

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The Crisis Marches On

In Climate Change by couchiching

As poppies bloom on lapels across the country it is time to turn our attention to the legacy of war. Despite the time set aside to give thanks and reflect, war is an unthinkable thing. With news coming thick and fast from Ukraine, it is still impossible to imagine the …

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Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy

In Climate Change by couchiching

Today we join 90+ nature groups in urging Steven Guilbeault to ensure that Canada’s first-ever climate adaptation strategy advances the protection of critical ecosystems (forests, wetlands, coastlines and oceans) upon which our survival depends. #cdnpoli

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Remembering the Anthropocene

In Climate Change, Past News, Species at Risk by couchiching

Remembrance Day holds a great deal of gravity for me. I know the stories of my grandfathers, great grandfathers and great-great uncles. I know which of my great grandmothers worked in munitions factories, I have held my grandmother’s ration card, and seen pictures of Nan the day the war ended. …

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Re-defining Ecological Perspectives: An Indigenous-Led Bioblitz.

In 3 - Fall, Bats, Birds, Climate Change, Community Science, Events, Fauna, Flora, Frogs, Nature Reserves & Easements, People, Property Maintenance, Salamanders, Species at Risk, Stewardship, Turtles by couchiching

Join Gary Pritchard of Curve Lake First Nation and principal consultant, 4 Directions of Conservation. On the shores of the Black River in Treaty Territory 20 and Williams Treaties, Gary will teach us about decolonizing conservation and learning to value all of our relations.  All life deserves a space on …

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Notes from the Field: Summer 2021

In 2 - Summer, Bats, Birds, Carden Alvar, Climate Change, Community Science, Fauna, Flora, Frogs, Nature Reserves & Easements, Past News, Property Maintenance, Salamanders, Species at Risk, Stewardship, Turtles, Water by couchiching

Monarch Monitoring Begins:  Canadian Conservation Corps Interns Ryan and Claire, along with staff member Aiesha – have spent numerous days mapping out milkweed habitats and setting up new monarch monitoring sites at two Conservancy Nature Reserves. The new protocols for this pilot project are currently being tested in the field …

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Monthly Villager Feature: Building Resilience

In Climate Change by couchiching

We were sitting around the lunch table at the office laughing and joking about building resilience in children yesterday. Enjoying a laugh with coworkers and friends can really lift your spirits, especially funny stories of kids. That same day I went home, and after reading a few heavy articles on the …