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West Island Wildlife #1

West Island Wildlife #1 A new venture ...  A 14 page illustrated "webzine" to introduce readers to the amazing variety of wildlife and plants to be found in the green spaces, parks and gardens of the West Island of Montreal. This is the first of what is hoped to become an occasional [...]

2020-09-24T16:39:17-04:00Thursday, September 24, 2020|

Fungal Bonanza

That time of year again A couple of days ago we took our exercise in the arboretum (again) and found the trail we were exploring to be leading us past one after another after another "mushroom" which were popping up and spore shedding everywhere we looked. There will be more in the coming [...]

2020-08-14T12:17:36-04:00Friday, August 14, 2020|

Afternoon Snack

Common Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) About this time of year we start to enjoy the big webs and bright yellow bodies of the Yellow Garden Spider. Today we found one busily wrapping up a snack she had caught in her web ... hard to tell, but just possibly a Japanese Beetle. [...]

2020-09-24T16:38:05-04:00Saturday, August 8, 2020|

Socially Distant Gardening – update 24 May

There is a famous phrase from a chidrens’ poem written in the 1760s by Isaac Watts that asks: “How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour?” ... and the answer in our case is by industrious labouring in our Socially Distant Garden. What, you will be wondering, loyal reader, has [...]

2020-05-23T14:08:33-04:00Sunday, May 24, 2020|

New Website … 1000 Species

For the last few weeks we have been posting a weekly summary of the daily 1000 Species Project posts that hitherto we have been sharing on Facebook ... This project seems to be developing a good and reliable following (at least on Facebook where there are 50 named followers and growing) and [...]

2020-04-12T07:28:10-04:00Sunday, April 12, 2020|

1000 Species project #30 – 36

Species #30 to #36  Dates: 29 February and 4 April 2020 We are now into the second month of the 1000 Species Project. Things are going well, though I will be pleased when spring really gets into its stride and flowers and migrating Warblers start appearing nearby. These were the "Lifeforms of the [...]

2020-04-04T16:55:23-04:00Sunday, April 5, 2020|

1000 Species – Summary 23-29

Species #23 to #29 Dates: 22 March and 1-7 March 2020 These were the "Lifeforms of the Day" for the past week ... they originally appeared on this Facebook page. If you would like to follow that page you will get a new species to enjoy and learn about each day until some [...]

2020-03-28T10:42:49-04:00Sunday, March 29, 2020|

1000 Species #16-22 (Summary)

Species #16 to #22 Dates: 15 March and 21 March 2020 These were the "Lifeforms of the Day" for the past week ... they originally appeared on this Facebook page. If you would like to follow that page you will get a new species to enjoy and learn about each day until some [...]

2020-03-21T16:45:59-04:00Sunday, March 22, 2020|

1000 Species Summary – #9 – 15

Species #9 to #15 Dates: 8 -14 March 2020 These were the "Lifeforms of the Day" for the second week ... they originally appeared on this Facebook page. If you would like to follow that page you will get a new species to enjoy and learn about each day until some embuggerment or [...]

2020-03-14T16:59:51-04:00Sunday, March 15, 2020|

1000 Species Summary – #1-8

Species #1 to #8 Dates: 24 February and 1-7 March 2020 These are the "Lifeforms of the Day" for the past week ... they originally appeared on this Facebook page. If you would like to follow that page you will get a new species to enjoy and learn about each day until some [...]

2020-03-04T14:21:16-05:00Sunday, March 8, 2020|
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