Small Town Biodiversity

IS THIS THE ‘MOST BIODIVERSE” COMMUNITY IN CANADA For a five day period that took in last weekend we took part in a Canada-wide “Bioblitz” organized by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. We (and our little town of Baie-D’Urfé) came within a whisker of being the top [...]

2021-08-07T15:10:50-04:00Saturday, August 7, 2021|

Scientific Stamp Collecting

I am reading and enjoying a fascinating memoir at the moment. If you'd like to read it, look for "A Curious Boy: The Making of a Scientist" by Richard Fortey. The author is a contemporary of mine, just a couple of years older, and was a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in [...]

2021-03-25T20:43:11-04:00Thursday, March 25, 2021|

Is it Poisonous?

Another error of common naming A common tree/shrub in North America is the Sumac, around here mostly the Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina), athough there are several other species in the genus. A good row of them grow along the boundary of the Garden at Fritz where I volunteer every summer and shelter [...]

2019-07-28T06:04:26-04:00Sunday, July 28, 2019|

Waterfall Moss

Moss - Fruiting Bodies One of the several mosses lining the sides of the waterfall in our garden - the elevated parts are the spore-containing reproductive capsules which together with their stalks form the sporophyte of the plant.

2019-06-16T14:35:52-04:00Sunday, June 16, 2019|

Forest Berries #2

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Morgan Arboretum EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use any of these images, but for non-commercial purposes [...]

2018-09-16T09:54:59-04:00Wednesday, September 12, 2018|

Forest Berries #1

White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) Morgan Arboretum Not something to be added to your daily fruit requirement but otherwise to be enouraged as our birds are well served by its presence ... the following is lifted from Wikipedia:  "Baneberry contains cardiogenic toxins that can have an immediate sedative effect on human cardiac muscle. The berries [...]

2018-09-16T10:01:12-04:00Wednesday, September 12, 2018|
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