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Moths at large
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For the past several years Jim des Rivières has been photographing local moths and butterflies, but mainly moths. Working with specimens he collects himself, Jim captures high resolution digital images directly with a desktop flatbed scanner, from which he makes large prints using an inkjet printer. The large prints allow the viewer to see the creatures close up without need of a magnifying glass. This reveals a marvellous world of intricate shapes, structures, and colours that surprise and delight viewers of all ages. In this talk Jim will run through the stages involved in producing these works of art on paper, and showcase some of his favourite local moths.
Jim des Rivières is a photographer and fine art printer. Jim is best known for his exhibition of 45 large format moth images (http://moths.ca/exhibit/) which was first shown at Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature in 2010 and is currently touring nature museums in cities across Canada and the USA, including New York City, Edmonton, and Saint John.
More info: Hume Douglas 613-759-7128, or Vasily Grebennikov 613-759-7519. All persons interested in moths are invited to attend.
Be a volunteer steward for a Nature Conservancy of Canada property close to Ottawa
Note: Bilingual requirement now removed and deadline extended to August 29
It's one thing to enjoy nature, but another to protect it. The Nature Conservancy of Canada specializes in: identifying the most important sites to protect from the point of view of biodiversity; protecting them through purchase, easements, agreements, and other means; and then taking care of them on the ground, i.e., doing stewardship. For example, the OFNC is responsible for much of the stewardship of the Fletcher Wildlife Garden.
If you are bilingual, interested in this kind of work, and can get yourself to the Breckenridge Preserve located a 20-minute drive west of Gatineau (30 min. from Ottawa), why not apply to be a steward at this special site that boasts numerous species at risk and a variety of habitats?
Note that if you receive an error message when you click on the Visitors Form, simply ignore that part.
Posted by Robert Alvo
Support a Private Nature Reserve application near Aylmer, Quebec
The Laidlaw family invites OFNC members to visit and explore their 122-acre farm property on the Ottawa River just west of Aylmer, Quebec. There is a maple-cedar forest on the shale escarpment of the river, a forest of old beech, maple and conifers at the north end of the property, a small creek, temporary ponds and two marsh areas, as well as fields and pastures.
Biologists are monitoring the site for the red-headed woodpecker and western chorus frog. Jamie Laidlaw is applying to have Quebec recognize this property as a Private Nature Reserve. Our interest, observations and photographs can help him describe natural features of the farm that warrant preservation and deserve protection from development pressures.
To learn more or to arrange a visit, please contact Jamie at 819-332-1705 or email@example.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?
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!