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Volunteer for Bug Day 2014

Saturday, September 6
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Agricultural Museum

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.

Moa’s Ark: rethinking the biogeography of New Zealand

Thursday, September 18, 7:30 pm
Salon B, K.W. Neatby Building
Central Experimental Farm
960 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

Come see an illustrated talk by K.G. Andrew Hamilton on one of the big topics of world biogeography. From spittlebugs to glacial phenomena, a northern perspective on the geological history of Down Under offers some alternative ideas on the significance of moa and other strange critters.

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

Beyond the Edge: Artists' Gardens

Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa
Prince of Wales Drive at intersection to Hartwells Locks (traffic lights)
June 26 to Sept 27, 2014

An outdoor exhibition of plant-based installations
Artists: Barbara Brown, Karl Ciesluk, cj fleury, Glynis Logue and Deirdre Logue, Deborah Margo

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
Friday and Saturday, September 12-13

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.

Right now the schedule is totally open, so if you are interested let me know when you would be available.

Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl
Conservation Coordinator
Nature Canada

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 masonjl@xplornet.com.

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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