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6th Annual Geoheritage Day

Saturday, October 18
10 am to 3 pm

Come join at us your local parks and green spaces during National Science and Technology Week for our 6th Annual Geoheritage Day! Volunteers from Carleton University's Department of Earth Sciences and the Ottawa Gatineau Geoheritage Project will be on hand at local sites to explain what there is to see and how each site fits into the local geological history. You will have a chance to learn how geological processes have shaped the regional landscape, given us a glimpse into past environments and life forms, and provided resources for our use. There will be some new sites to explore this year, so come out and spend the day with some remarkable rocks, minerals and fossils!

Sites we hope to host include:

  • Champlain Lookout, Gatineau Park
  • Champlain Bridge Stromatolites, Gatineau
  • Hogs Back Park, Ottawa
  • South March Highlands, Kanata - begins at 12 noon*
  • Pinhey's Point Heritage Site, Dunrobin - Earthcache activities
  • Mer Bleue Bog, Orleans
  • Cardinal Creek Karst, Orleans
  • Pinhey Sand Dunes, Nepean
  • Carleton University's Geoheritage Display

Updates and more information


Saturday, October 25 10 am to 4 pm

Pre-registration required by October 17. Hosted by the Friends of Murphy's Point Park and open to the public via pre-registration. For further information, please click here.

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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