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Pinhey Sand Dune Tours

  • Ant Lions and Giant Robber Flies - August 9

See the video about this important project: Saving the sand dune

Please note: individuals who are interested in the tours should consult the Biodiversity Conservancy Facebook page regarding cancellations of tours due to inclement weather.

Address: 94 Four Seasons Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2E 7S1 - Telephone: 613-825-5492 - Email: hakkakuj@biodiversityconservancy.org - Website: http://biodiversityconservancy.org/sand_dune.html

Support a Private Nature Reserve application near Aylmer, Quebec

The Laidlaw family invites OFNC members to visit and explore their 122-acre farm property on the Ottawa River just west of Aylmer, Quebec. There is a maple-cedar forest on the shale escarpment of the river, a forest of old beech, maple and conifers at the north end of the property, a small creek, temporary ponds and two marsh areas, as well as fields and pastures.

Biologists are monitoring the site for the red-headed woodpecker and western chorus frog. Jamie Laidlaw is applying to have Quebec recognize this property as a Private Nature Reserve. Our interest, observations and photographs can help him describe natural features of the farm that warrant preservation and deserve protection from development pressures.

To learn more or to arrange a visit, please contact Jamie at 819-332-1705 or jamielaidlaw@videotron.ca.

Encourage the government to do the right thing!

You have probably heard that the government of Ontario has proposed a dramatic reduction in the use of neonicontinoid pesticides. The Grain Farmers of Ontario are against limiting the use of these pesticides and have launched ads in a number of newspapers asking people to complain to the provincial government that farmers are under attack.

If you think neonics should be banned or limited, take a minute and send the premier an email. There will be a lot of pressure on the government to cave in to the farmers' demands. The government needs to see there is widespread support for limiting these toxic pesticides.

We like to complain when the government does the wrong things, but we also need to encourage them to do the right things. Email Kathleen Wynne at premier@ontario.ca.

Birds and Windows Project

The University of Alberta has developed the Birds and Windows Project to study bird window collisions at your home. We encourage everyone - whether you've had a bird collision or not - to take a look at our website and participate in the study.

What is the issue?
It has been estimated up to 1 billion birds are killed in North America each year as a result of bird window collisions! This is one of the largest threats to bird populations, with residential homes representing the majority of building-related mortality.

Get involved!
To better understand what can be done to reduce bird window collisions, the University of Alberta has developed this project to actively involve YOU in data collection. We are asking you to think about bird window collisions you have observed in the past and would like you to regularly search around your residence for evidence of bird window collisions in the future. By collecting this data we hope to identify the factors that make some windows more risky for birds than others.

As a citizen scientist you can help!
Visit the website - http://birdswindows.biology.ualberta.ca/.

The project consists of a brief survey (10 minutes) on the characteristics of your home and any previous history of bird window collisions. After this is completed you are encouraged to actively participate in the study for an extended period by completing daily perimeter searches around your home. Each time you complete a perimeter search we'd like you to enter your observation into our online calendar (which the survey will link you to once you've completed the first stage). If daily searches do not fit you lifestyle we still encourage you to participate. As well, there is no limit to how long you can participate.

Thank you for helping us make our homes a healthy habitat for us and all our neighbours!

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