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Now in PRINT !!

Earlier this year, just in time for spring, I completed an early version of my book 1001 Species: A Natural History of a Small Town and offered it to the public as free PDF download. It enjoyed moderate success in the very small and rather niche market it was offered to and [...]

2022-09-16T18:21:51-04:00Friday, September 16, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Book, wildflowers, wildlife|

We (almost) won Canada !!

The five day Nature Conservancy Canada Bioblitz ended last night and we came in eighth out of 1788 participants (8/1788). That's two spots down the league table from last year but at 249 species we increased our total by 32 ... eighth place out of all of Canada. Must say we are [...]

2022-08-03T09:20:07-04:00Tuesday, August 2, 2022|1000 Species, wildlife|

The Kingdom of the Savannah Sparrow

Iles-de-la-Madeleine 2022 There is a small archipelago of beautiful islands a couple of hours flight north-east of Montreal in the middle of the Gulf of St-Lawrence where we have just passed a splendid week watching birds, discovering wild flowers and eating marvellously fresh seafood. This post is simply a brief record of the [...]

2022-06-29T14:33:07-04:00Wednesday, June 29, 2022|Accounts, animals, flowers, Quebec, sparrows, wildlife|

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|

Spring on the Forest Floor

We spent this sunny morning wandering in the arboretum. The leaves have barely started to appear until the last day or two and so the forest floor is covered with ephemeral species flowers and simply glorious. It will only be like this for a week or so now and the weather forecast [...]

2022-05-05T15:05:45-04:00Thursday, May 5, 2022|arboretum, Birding, birds, canada, flowers, spring|

Hawks and Snow Mist

Temperatures have been up and down like a yo-yo recently and after a bit of snow last night this morning was one of the warmer times so the snow was giving off "snow mist" with a white hazy fog amongst the trees when we went out to see birds. A late lurking Tufted [...]

2021-12-16T17:37:16-05:00Thursday, December 16, 2021|Birding, birds, winter|

A Week to Mid-Winter.

Snow - then a brief marginal thaw - and now cold again with ice. Only a week though to the winter solstice after which the days begin to lengthen again on the way to the return of spring. Before that, however, we have January and February and serious winter days ahead. [...]

2021-12-15T14:55:11-05:00Wednesday, December 15, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, winter|

Winter Birding Duties Recommence

The beginning of December brings with it our return to winter birding tasks - tasks we spend all summer, especially during the too hot months, looking forward to. Regular readers will know that these duties involve weekly (weekdays for us, a couple of friends do weekends) visits to the nearby bird banding station [...]

2021-12-03T13:56:10-05:00Thursday, December 2, 2021|Birding, birds, winter|

Coming – Spring 2022

HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE The sole point of this post is to make sure, by making a public commitment, that my current project is actually going to be completed on time. After 23 years just looking at wildlife in this region and after the daily species blog posts I published for a couple of [...]

2021-11-29T14:48:57-05:00Tuesday, November 23, 2021|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe|
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