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Rejuvenating the Wildlife Pond

Over twenty years ago, faced with a large garden and looking for an interesting challenge we decided to install a garden pond. Edited anonymous quotation: I built my first backyard pond about twenty years ago. After seeing a massive pond on a rural garden tour, I was hooked. The sound of [...]

2022-06-03T21:43:19-04:00Friday, June 3, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Gardening, pond, wildlife|

What paths are for …

We mow narrow paths in the no-mow lawn (the "mead") so that the outdoor staff can easily get around in their constant search for a snack ... Download a FREE book 1001Species: A Natural History of a Small Town

2022-05-29T22:46:26-04:00Sunday, May 29, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|

Never-Mow Update … 25 May

No-mow May has taken off it seems judging by the dandelions seen on lawns as we walk around town - there have even been areas of parks that so far have remained longer than tradition dictates and at the council meeting earlier this year two councillors extolled the virtues of not mowing [...]

2022-05-26T17:10:23-04:00Thursday, May 26, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, environment, Garden, Gardening|

Today’s Visitors

Having established (see the previous post to this journal - LINK) overnight that the new trailcam records nighttime visitors in the dark, I set it up by the waterfall for a few hours during the day - here are some video highlights of the birds that dropped by the waterfall in the [...]

2022-05-22T18:29:27-04:00Sunday, May 22, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|

Creatures of the Night

New ventures in neighbour-watching ... four footed, furry neighbours. A member of an on-line naturalist group from Ontario recently posted some splendid trail-cam images of deer and other wildlife at a vernal pool. Inspiration was sparked. A few years ago, ten perhaps, we had purchased a trail-cam to watch birds visiting our garden [...]

2022-05-22T09:18:25-04:00Sunday, May 22, 2022|1000 Species, animals, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Trailcam|

Mining Bees – first of the year

Temperatures a bit above 10C in the past couple of days and some warm sunshine produced the emergence of a number of tiny bees busily investigating leaf litter and Sanguinaria and crocus flowers near the garden waterfall this afternoon ... the camera and I went outside to meet them. These bees are a [...]

2022-05-01T10:39:53-04:00Friday, April 29, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

Hydro-“engineering” the Pond

20+ years ago when we were new here, I would come home from work each day in late summer and spend an hour digging a hole for a pond in the garden and heaping up the excavated spoil into a hill for the eventual creation of a waterfall. I had not realised [...]

2022-04-29T14:42:00-04:00Thursday, April 28, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden|

Raccooning

We were visited by a couple of raccoons in the garden, one barely being impeded by next door's fence which it scaled without effort. The other passed through to investigate what we had, digging several holes with its busy little paws as it went. The sludge on the bottom of the only partially [...]

2022-04-17T15:42:33-04:00Sunday, April 17, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, mammals|
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