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Volunteer for Bug Day 2014
Saturday, September 6
We can always use more volunteers, so it would be great if some members of the OFNC wanted to volunteer for Bug Day 2014. Entomological expertise is not necessary, as many of our activities (e.g. Bug Bingo) do not require any in depth knowledge of insects. If entomologically oriented members would like to organize a display or activity that would also be most welcomed. If you are interested in helping out please contact Sophie Cardinal at Sophie.Cardinal@AGR.GC.CA.
Beyond the Edge: Artists' Gardens
Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa
An outdoor exhibition of plant-based installations
Co-curated by Mary Faught (mary.l.faught(at)gmail.com) and Judith Parker (judithparker22(at)hotmail.com) for the Canadensis Botanical Garden Society, Ottawa
Beyond the Edge: Artists' Gardens is a three-month, outdoor exhibition of environmental / land art by visual artists who use living plant material as their artistic medium. Their projects are widely dispersed across the exhibition site's 10 acres, and include Red Oak Labyrinth by Brown, Mechanical Spiral by Ciesluk, Our Lady of Complete Protein by fleury, Mood Clusters by the Logue sisters, and From Seeds to Soup: Meet the Cucurbita Family by Margo.
The artist's installations explore ideas about agriculture and horticulture, crop cultivation and native plants, and gardening's social function to involve community and communal activities. Their projects also respond to the site's unique features such as a traditional red barn, a scientific isolation research plot and proximity to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden. Two projects use existing onsite vegetation; the others use newly cultivated plants and seeds – all engage our senses and imagination with their growth and change through the seasons.
BioBlitz at Mud Lake
Mud Lake, Cassels Road
We are looking for naturalists who are comfortable identifying local plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals or birds to come out and give a short introduction to identifying a certain taxon or leading small groups and assisting them with identification.
If you are interested, please let me know when you would be available. The event will likely run about the same as last year: approx 3 pm on Friday - 3 pm on Saturday.
Please let me know if you are interested in being involved. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Limerick Forest North
The Friends of Limerick Forest invite you to participate in an "Orchid Blitz" to be held in Limerick Forest North, located at the west end of Craig Road on Saturday June 14th from 9am to noon, rain or shine. This block contains both upland forest and wetland bog, so don't forget your boots, hat, sunscreen and bug dope. Pink Lady's Slipper is quite common here so bring your camera! Friends of Limerick volunteers will be on site to help you identify any other species of orchid found. Maps of the block and identification guides will also be available. Come on out and enjoy your community forest! For further information call the Forest manager at 613-342-3840 ext. 2416 or visit www.limerickforest.ca.
Inventory a 130-year-old cedar forest
The Ottawa Stewardship Council is looking for volunteers to conduct an inventory of a rare, 130 year old cedar forest in Stittsville. We need expertise in identifying plants, insects,, birds, animals, and soil/geology at 10 sample locations on the site. We would like to conduct the inventory on either Sunday, 15 June or during the week of 16-20 June, with the date being determined by volunteer availability. Please contact Janet Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
As a citizen scientist you can help!
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!