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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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Ottawa Entomology Club presents
Butterfly Hotspots of the National Capital Region
Blessed with a wide diversity of habitats, the Ottawa-Gatineau area boasts a corresponding wide diversity of butterfly species. However, when searching for some of our rarities, the "where" and the "when" can be critical. This talk will discuss butterfly hotspots in eastern Ontario and southwestern Quebec, what's special about them, the noteworthy species, and when to visit them. Rick will also cover how to use resources like the Ontario Butterfly Atlas, the butterfly_obs email list, and eButterfly. He will also touch on his use of photographic equipment.
Rick Cavasin is an amateur naturalist/photographer who has specialized in Butterflies for over a decade. His work can be seen on his website - www.ontariobutterflies.ca . In recent years, he has made a special effort to locate and photograph some of the more rare species of Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. He is a top contributor to eButterfly, and his images are to be included in the upcoming ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario.
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.
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.
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Winter finch study needs locations
The Canadian Wildlife Service, based in Ottawa, is initiating a pilot project this fall/winter on a group of winter finches. Specifically, we'll be using mist nets, set up beside residential bird feeders, to capture and band Evening and Pine Grosbeaks. We'll also be plucking a single feather from each captured bird for stable isotope analysis, to try and figure out the breeding origins of individuals of these two species. The study area for this pilot year will be eastern Ontario, since we still need to test and refine methods.
We are writing to local naturalist clubs in hopes of soliciting their membership for locations (backyard feeders) in which to catch and band these two species. We hope to start this work as soon as flocks start to arrive. If you have groups of either species reliably frequenting your backyard feeder (for 2-3 days or more) and would be interested in participating in this pilot study, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone (613) 991-9903.
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!
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!
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.