Winter Moths and Forest Artwork

Two Fascinating Findings this Morning. We took today’s walk (we make it a rule to walk somewhere every day - got to fight off this ageing business) in the Arboretum which apart from a couple of dog walkers we had to ourselves. When we set off along the trail there were ice [...]

2021-11-17T22:16:49-05:00Wednesday, November 17, 2021|

Preparing the Wildlife Garden for Winter

Some simple suggestions ... Faithful readers of our posts will have gathered some ideas about how to attract wildlife to their gardens over spring, summer and early fall but now winter approaches and what do we do with all those native plants still standing tall? The neighbours are starting to look askance. [...]

2021-10-23T15:10:35-04:00Saturday, October 23, 2021|

Winter Arrivals

Dark-eyed Juncos As the temperatures start to fall towards zero (a few days yet) and the cold rain falls we are beginning to see the first arrivals of birds form the north that usually spend the winter with us. Today there was a flock of over a dozen Dark-eyed Juncos busily working [...]

2021-10-21T13:57:26-04:00Thursday, October 21, 2021|

Bright Winter with Tracks

Almost the end of February and a light snowfall overnight coated everything with a covering of snow and ice. The sun came out, the temperature was not many degrees below zero. In three or four weeks most of the snow will be gone (though more could arrive) and there will be a [...]

2021-02-25T14:07:52-05:00Thursday, February 25, 2021|

Half Way There with Pancakes

Candlemas - Imbolc - Lupercalia February 2 this year is the festival of Candlemas/Imbolc/Lupercalia and marks the half way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Solstice - without a doubt this is a date to celebrate. Any reason for a drink and a good meal is worth making note of. Appropriately, [...]

2021-01-31T17:35:13-05:00Sunday, January 31, 2021|

Snowshoe Day

18 January, and after a weekend of heavy snowfall we went out to enjoy the countryside on the West Island. Considering this in Montreal, it's very pleasing to have such places within a very short distance from home. Lovely deep snow with a thin and crisp topping to wade through - thank [...]

2021-01-18T15:45:01-05:00Monday, January 18, 2021|

“West Island Wildlife #2” – FREE

Do you know just how varied is the wildlife on the West Island in Winter? West Island Wildlife is an occasional webzine. It is FREE and fully illustrated, and has the intention of introducing readers to the surprisingly varied wildlife and native plants to be found on the West Island of Montreal. Following the [...]

2020-12-23T17:05:28-05:00Sunday, December 27, 2020|

The Dark Morris and Climate Change

Terry Pratchett wrote a wonderful book under the title of “Wintersmith” that mentioned the essential role of the annual silent performance of the Dark Morris in ensuring that winter arrives as it should. I was reminded today, the winter solstice, of this tradition and, as a former morris dancer/musician myself felt the need [...]

2020-12-22T09:09:44-05:00Tuesday, December 22, 2020|

Winter Music

This winter, instead of sorting through the CDs deciding what seasonal music to listen to while putting up the winter tree I opted to spend a happy afternoon creating a seasonally specific Spotify playlist - and sharing it. We do Christmas, of course we do, but we really enjoy the Winter Solstice [...]

2020-12-14T22:19:54-05:00Sunday, December 20, 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|
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