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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 …

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Volunteer take on invaders to care for our earth

In Flora, Past News by couchiching

Garlic mustard. Purple loosestrife. Phragmites reed. Dog-strangling vine. The list of invading plants keeps getting longer, and our knowledge of how to battle them is ever changing. The species listed here, plus many more, are ones that have shown up in the Couchiching region from their distant home ranges, and they are quickly displacing the native species.

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The tree name game – Blue Beech

In Flora, Past News by couchiching

Common names for plants can be an easy way to identify them; mention trillium, and a familiar image quickly comes to mind. But sometimes the common name, or names, we give flora can create all kinds of confusion.

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Carden Wildflowers: More than just alvar aesthetics

In Flora, Past News by couchiching

As a Conservation Assistant completing fieldwork at the Carden Alvar Natural Area with the Couchiching Conservancy, I’ve had the opportunity to observe several wildflowers unique to this globally-rare alvar environment. They impact the various species of wildlife that call Carden home, and are worth appreciating.