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Notes From the Field – 2022 Recap

In 1 - Spring, 2 - Summer, 3 - Fall, 4 - Winter, Community Science, Fauna, Flora, Frogs, People, Property Maintenance, Salamanders, Stewardship, Turtles, Water by couchiching

Check out what the Couchiching Conservancy Community Science teams and stewardship staff have been up to in 2022. We also have focused Notes from the field for Winter, Spring and Summer. On March 25, Aiesha and Toby set up acoustic monitoring devices on a tree overlooking a wetland. These devices …

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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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Notes from the Field: Fall 2021

In 3 - Fall, Bats, Birds, Carden Alvar, Community Science, Events, Fauna, Flora, Nature Reserves & Easements, Property Maintenance, Species at Risk, Stewardship, Truth and Reconciliation, Water by couchiching

While most of our Community Science monitoring activities have finished until next spring, the work of Land Stewards and Maintenance teams never stops.  This fall, Val Holt and Laurie Stanford picked up the mantle of stewarding Church Woods for the very active group of volunteers living around this popular nature …

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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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In Praise of Small

In 2 - Summer, Flora, Nature Reserves & Easements, Past News by couchiching

If there was one Couchiching Conservancy trail that could be considered micro – it would be the Periwinkle trail. It is our shortest trail at a mere 0.15km, at the Grant’s Woods Nature Reserve on Division Road West in Severn. Grant’s Woods is the home of The Couchiching Conservancy’s office …

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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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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.