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Ottawa Entomology Club - A World of Japanese Beetles

17 April, 7:30
Salon B, K.W. Neatby Building
Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Avenue

An illustrated talk by Hiraku Yoshitake, Natural Resources Inventory Center, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan

Japan, which was originally attached to the eastern coast of the Eurasian continent, includes three zoogeographic regions: Palearctic, Oriental and Oceanic. Japan's most recent census lists more than 10,000 Coleoptera species for Japan. This presentation will be a general introduction of the beetle fauna of Japan for Canadian colleagues, showing the lives of Japanese beetles (weevils, in particular) taken by Hiraku and Naoko Yoshitake, and their friends.

All persons interested in insects are invited to attend. More info: Hume Douglas 613-759-7128, or Vasily Grebennikov 613-759-7519


You're invited to join us at the 45th Annual General Meeting of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Registration at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting commences at 7 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier avenue, West); Colonel By Room

The meeting agenda and meeting documentation will be posted to our website the first week of April.

Special Presentation: In addition to the updates on chapter affairs and on our conservation programs, we are pleased to offer a special presentation on our youth engagement and education program. CPAWS Ottawa Valley’s Education Coordinator will provide details on our CPAWS OV program, while our National Executive Director, Eric Hébert-Daly will provide an overview of some of the exciting education and engagement programs offered across Canada.

Open Trails Day at Bill Mason Outdoor Education Centre

3 May, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3088 Dunrobin Road (West Carleton Secondary School)
Follow Norman Way to the parking lot of the Bill Mason Centre

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board's Bill Mason Outdoor Education Centre Open Trails event allows everyone an opportunity to explore this unique environment. During the school year, this educational site offers curriculum-based field trips to elementary and secondary students. On average, about 5000 students attend the centre each year to learn first-hand about plants, wetlands, ecosystems, orienteering, and cross-country skiing.

The Open Trails event takes place all over the property of the Bill Mason Centre so maps will be available at the entrance.

OCDSB educational staff, as well as volunteers from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) will be offering scheduled guided exploration activities throughout the day at the various locations along the trail.

Hot dogs and drinks will be available for a small fee.

Be prepared to walk and dress for the weather! The entire event takes place outside on the trails!

For more information:

Ontario Invasive Plant Council hosting webinars

Starting Wednesday (March 19th), the OIPC in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources will begin a series of lunch-time webinars based on our Invasive Plants - Best Management Practices documents.

In preparation for the spring field season, every Wednesday for the next 7 weeks the OIPC will deliver a webinar on an invasive plant which will include a presentation and an open discussion where participants can ask questions to our expert panelists.

The webinars will be held during the lunch hour (12-1 pm EST) starting Wednesday March 19th.

We hope you can join us for some of the following webinars:

  • Common Buckthorn, March 19
  • Dog-strangling Vine, March 26
  • Garlic Mustard, April 2
  • Japanese Knotweed, April 9
  • Phragmites, April 16
  • Reed Canary Grass, April 23
  • Giant Hogweed, April 30

For more information contact Rachel@oninvasives.ca

Urgent accommodation needed for chimney swifts

Last year a well-used chimney at Dr. S.E. McDowell school in Shawville was capped making it unusable by swifts. The local Swift Stewardship Group is trying to raise funds to build a replacement chimney for the Shawville swifts before May.

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Wildlife talks

The City is hold a series of four events in the Wildlife Speakers' Series this year. The series is intended to increase residents' knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and promote coexistence through understanding and respect.

  • Backyard Biodiversity: Welcoming nature into your yard, not your home
    Friday, April 11, 2014
    City Hall, 110 Laurier

    The featured guest speakers are Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl, Conservation Coordinator, from Nature Canada, Canada’s oldest nature conservation charity, and Bill Dowd, CEO of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, Canada’s largest wildlife control company that partners with SPCAs/Humane Societies and animal control departments in communities across Canada.

    In addition to the presentations, there will be a nature slideshow and an environmental exposition from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife and natural environment and local environmental initiatives. Participants will include the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Ontario Electronic Stewardship will also have a booth and will be accepting old electronic equipment for recycling.
  • White-Tailed Deer: What you should know about White-Tails
    June 24, 2014
    City Hall, 110 Laurier
  • Winter is for the birds: How birds survive and thrive in Ottawa's winter
    December 9, 2014
    Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive

In addition to the presentations, information booths will also be on-hand for residents to acquire more information on Ottawa's wildlife and natural environment. These booths will be on display from 6 until 9 p.m.

For more information:
Amy MacPherson
Planning and Growth Management
613-580-2424, ext. 14873
E-mail: amy.macpherson@ottawa.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!

PhD student looking for snake hibernacula

I'm a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, as well as a member of the OFNC. As part of my PhD research, I'm investigating habitat selection behaviour of eastern garter snakes. I'm currently looking for snake hibernating sites (hibernacula) in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. If you have information on any known locations of hibernacula in the area, please let me know. Thanks!
William Halliday

OFNC T-shirts now available

Club T-shirts will be available for sale at the next monthly meeting. They feature original artwork by Education and Publicity Committee member Laura Penney. The shirts are 100% organic cotton and are available in sizes small to X-large $15 each.

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