Day Shift Hawks and Night Shift Owls: How Their Work Varies

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Day Shift Hawks and Night Shift Owls: How Their Work Varies

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Both hawks and owls are common raptor species seen in the region and often admired by nature lovers and photographers alike. Both can be spotted on hydro poles overlooking fields, their hunting grounds. I want to explore what makes these two magnificent hunters so drastically different. These two …

Winter Robins: Why They Stay & How to Help Them

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Winter Robins: Why They Stay & How to Help Them

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Ah, winter. I can hear it already.. many of you yelling at me through your computer screens, "Winter isn't here YET!". And you're right, it's not. But those sub-zero temperatures are creeping in, and the white stuff will be flying any day now. Most of our avian summer residen…

Become an Expert on Your "Home"

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Become an Expert on Your "Home"

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
What makes where you live special? Do you call it home? Do you connect with the landscape? What about the activities you do or the spaces you enjoy? Rich understanding and appreciation of our surroundings helps us to develop a sense of place. Today I want to talk about the value of citizen science …

Winter Owling in Ontario: Who's Here & How to Find Them

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Winter Owling in Ontario: Who's Here & How to Find Them

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
There's something about owls that has captivated birders and non-birders alike for centuries. In literature, they're referred to as wise, enigmatic, and mythical beings of the night. Walk in to a big box store and you can find them depicted on just about anything you can imagine, from cloth…

The Birds Are Trying To Tell Us Something

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Birds Are Trying To Tell Us Something

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
In light of recent research that highlighted the decline in global bird populations, we wanted to spend some time highlighting why birds are so important and what they can tell us about our environments.  The study highlighted a net loss of 3 billion birds or 29% of overall abundance since 197…

How to Have a Bird-Safe Halloween

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How to Have a Bird-Safe Halloween

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
If you're anything like me, you love Halloween. There's something about this time of year that just makes my slightly dark little heart happy. Creepy decorations, haunted houses, pumpkin carving, costumes, trick-or-treating, candy, the whole bit (I even like those hard-as-a-rock molasses c…

Getting a Lift: How Birds Fly

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Getting a Lift: How Birds Fly

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
If you asked a room full of people what superpower they would want if they could have anything, at least a handful would answer I want to be able to fly. Because the very idea of freely flying is mesmerizing, isn't it? It is part of what enthrals us about birds. They can freely fly where they p…

Cold-blooded Winter: How Turtles Hibernate

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Cold-blooded Winter: How Turtles Hibernate

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Nothing says summer like seeing rows of turtles basking on a log, taking in all the warmth from the sun's rays. But summer is over & the temperatures are dropping, and our ectotherm (cold-blooded) friends will soon be heading for their winter dwellings. While the whimsical thought of a tur…

Flying South for the Winter: Migrating Birds and How You Can Help

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Flying South for the Winter: Migrating Birds and How You Can Help

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The summer months seem to have come and gone too quickly, but alas it is that time again- migration! Songbirds, hawks and insects alike are heading south to their overwintering grounds. For birders, it is a second chance to see a lot of different species moving through the area. So, keep your feede…