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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|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, conservation, plants|

500 … and a change of pace

500 days ago I set myself the daily challenge of identifying and then sharing at least one different species of bird, insect, plant etc that I could find locally. Yesterday the number reached the 500 mark. My intention is to double that and reach at least 1000 species but no longer will I [...]

2021-07-18T11:09:17-04:00Sunday, July 18, 2021|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, environment|

Electric Future

Saving the planet, one electron at a time About six weeks ago now, we got rid of our very low mileage (kilometrage?) Honda Civic with only 16,500km on the clock after four years driving in exchange for a spiffy all-electric cross-over Hyundai Kona. We get 460km out of a battery full of electrons [...]

2021-06-16T18:29:54-04:00Tuesday, June 15, 2021|commentary, conservation|

Wild Garden Record

We get a number of requests from interested gardeners wishing to see our developing "Lo-Mow" ex-lawn. Accordingly this year, as visiting and seeing in person is still not wise under present circumstances, we are creating a page on this website devoted to seasonal changes. In essence, every week or two we will add [...]

2021-05-06T17:22:26-04:00Thursday, May 6, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, conservation, Garden, Gardening|

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|1000 Species, flowers, plants, science|

Communicating the Value of Things

I’m just getting into a collection of essays ("Vesper Flights" - Helen Macdonald) by a Historian of Science at Cambridge. I was struck by this paragraph from her introduction. "What science does is what I would like more literature to do too: show us that we are living in an exquisitely complicated [...]

2020-10-08T15:21:53-04:00Monday, October 5, 2020|commentary, environment|

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl on the Winter Solstice We spent all of a very cold (-14C) and breezy Winter Solstice doing "our" route as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. There were not as many birds as we usually expect - the absence of Snow Buntings was particularly badly felt as they are favourites [...]

2019-12-21T17:15:58-05:00Sunday, December 22, 2019|Birding, birds|

A Non-abundance of Birds

The uncomfortable silence of 2.9-billion missing birds ** I usually confine my political or controversial comments to Facebook and face-to-face but this editorial from the 5th October Globe & Mail newspaper says it equally as well, if not better, than I could ... so here are my thoughts written by someone else. The last couple [...]

2019-10-05T15:55:04-04:00Sunday, October 6, 2019|birds, conservation|

Planting an Orchard

This has been a busy couple of weeks, culminating today with the planting of a new community orchard in our little town of Baie-D'Urfé. This is NOT me ... Those of you who knew our garden in England 21+ years ago will remember that we had lots of fruit trees, bees [...]

2019-09-29T08:19:16-04:00Sunday, September 29, 2019|Baie-D'Urfe, environment, trees|
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