Projects


Number of Projects: 376

Ottawa Gatineau Christmas Bird Count 2020 – Sunday, Dec 20

Ottawa Gatineau Christmas Bird Count 2020 - Sunday, Dec 20

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club (OFNC)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Annual Event – Sunday, Dec 20 2020 All Day

Objective:

The Birds Committee organizes the Ottawa contribution to the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

This North-America wide birding tradition started in 1900 and the OFNC has participated continuously since 1920. In recent years the OFNC partnered with the Club des ornithologues de l’Outaouais in this effort. The Ottawa-Gatineau Count usually takes place in mid-December and involves teams of volunteers who spend most of the day outdoors tallying species and numbers of birds within a 7.5 mile (12 km) radius of the Peace Tower. Other volunteers contribute by noting the birds that come to their backyard feeders on the day of the count.

There are a number of nearby counts that touch on the OFNC 50 km. study area.

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Christmas Bird Counts 2020 – Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

Christmas Bird Counts 2020 - Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Annual Event in December

Objective:

Once again it is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count season! This is the 121th year of Christmas Bird Counts and there are three planned for our area; Rideau Ferry, Carleton Place, and Lanark Highlands. Birders and nature enthusiasts in the three CBCs and surrounding areas can join citizen scientists throughout the world and participate in the Audubon Society’s longest-running wintertime tradition, the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Thousands of individuals participate in counts beyond between December 14 and January 5 each year. Every CBC volunteer is an important contributor, helping to shape the overall direction of bird conservation. Birds Canada and its partner, the National Audubon Society in the United States rely on data from the CBC database to monitor bird populations.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the CBC. You don’t need to be an expert but it helps to be familiar with local bird species. This year will be very different as the counts will need to be done in line with all local health guidelines regards COVID 19. For the count day it means first and foremost no one should participate unless they are showing no symptoms and feel safe doing a day in the field. Secondly, field observers should only share the same vehicle with others if they are safe doing so. Thirdly all participates should have a mask available whenever required. Finally, there will be no count meeting at the end of the day. Instead each coordinator will arrange to distribute the results to participants. For more information or to register for the CBC at any of the 3 count circles please contact one of the following CBC Coordinators:

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The Canadian Access Project – Beyond the Farm Gate

The Canadian Access Project - Beyond the Farm Gate

(Theme 5 – Food)

Organization: Canadian Organic Growers (COG)

Timeline for Completion: Aug, 2020 – Aug 2022

Objective:

This project will identify current barriers in the organic food supply chain, help the Canadian organic industry fulfill its economic potential, and provide Canadians with increased access to regionally-grown, organic food.

More specifically, the project will identify the systemic, cultural and sectoral supply chain barriers preventing increased domestic supply of organic products from reaching market efficiently and achieving the related environment benefits of organic practices.

The project relies on the active engagement of farmers across Canada. To stay up-to-date on this project and be informed of opportunities to contribute, sign up for our monthly newsletter (see website).

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The Great Backyard Bird Count – February 12-15, 2021

The Great Backyard Bird Count - February 12-15, 2021

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Birds Canada

Timeline for Completion: Feb 12-15, 2021 Annual event

Objective:

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a joint partnership between Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Bird Studies Canada as the official Canadian partner. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages birdwatchers of all ages across North America in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate, from beginners to experts. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the birds!

It’s as simple as counting the birds at a location near you,estimating how many birds you saw of each species, and filling out an online checklist on the Great Backyard Bird Count website. As the count progresses, you can visit the GBBC website to view results and share photographs. You can also enter the photo contest, win prizes, and share your experiences on the Facebook and Twitter social networks.

To read more about the GBBC and to find out how you can join, please visit: www.birdcount.org

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Keddy Nature Sanctuary – Visits by prior arrangement with MMLT

Keddy Nature Sanctuary – Visits by prior arrangement with MMLT

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The Keddy Nature Sanctuary (KNS) encompasses close to a square mile of forest and wetland on the very edge of the Canadian shield, just an hour west of Ottawa on the east side of Lanark County.

In late January 2014, MMLT finalized a conservation easement agreement with Paul and Cathy Keddy on their beautiful 530-acre property located in the northeastern corner of Drummond-North Elmsley Township. The Keddys, both professional ecologists, first discovered this spectacular property back in the ‘70s, long before the area was designated a Provincially Significant Wetland Complex.

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Poole Family Nature Sanctuary – Open to the Public Year-Round

Poole Family Nature Sanctuary – Open to the Public Year-Round

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The 110 acre Poole Family Nature Sanctuary is the latest addition to MMLT’s property portfolio, bringing the total area protected to 2,664 ac. (11 km2/4 mi2). It is located at 318 Concession 11 of Drummond Twp., one of the concession roads mapped out around 1816 when the Perth Military Settlement was established. It was purchased by the Poole family in 1850 and has remained largely wooded since that time, likely because of the shallow soil and rocky conditions.

This Ecological Gift property is adjacent to the 530 acre Keddy Nature Sanctuary, bringing the total contiguous protected area to 640 ac. It contains part of the Scotch Corners Provincially Significant Wetland Complex.

Approximately 8 km west of Carleton Place on Highway #7, turn south on Scotch Corners Rd. and travel 5.2 km. Turn right on the 11th Line Beckwith which soon becomes Drummond Con. 11 and travel 1.3 km. The trailhead is located at # 318

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Rose Hill Nature Reserve – Open to the Public Year-Round

Rose Hill Nature Reserve – Open to the Public Year-Round

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

The first 100-acre parcel of Rose Hill Nature Reserve was donated to MMLT in December 2011 by Bethany Armstrong and Charlene Bernhardt. It had been in the hands of the donors’ family since the 1940s. Their property had been used recreationally for periodic hikes and picnics beside Moose Pond. The rugged Pumpkin Trail traverses the property.

To find Rose Hill Nature Reserve, take Highway 41 to the junction of Rose Hill Rd. which is 2.4 km. north of Denbigh. Turn east on Rose Hill Rd. and drive for 3.4 km.

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High Lonesome Nature Reserve – Open to the Public Year-Round

High Lonesome Nature Reserve – Open to the Public Year-Round

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT)

Timeline for Completion: Founded 2012 Ongoing

Objective:

High Lonesome Nature Reserve, a 200 acre property located in the Pakenham Hills, was donated to the MMLT by the family of the late Barry Spicer in April 2012. A network of trails through the forests, over the hills and streams, by the ponds and through the meadows has been developed and cared for by the donor’s brother Ken Spicer. Ken has documented many of the natural riches found there, shared them with the MMLT and encouraged the Land Trust to complete the work he began. MMLT has committed to conserve High Lonesome as a nature reserve in perpetuity.

There are 8 km of trails winding through the property, providing opportunities to see the varied habitats and if you’re lucky, to see some interesting wildlife. The property is open to the public and parking is available at the end of Carbine Rd., just outside the gate, which limits ATV access. There is a small gate for pedestrians.

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Blueberry Mountain at cliffLAND – Open to the public year-round to come for hikes

Blueberry Mountain at cliffLAND – Open to the public year-round to come for hikes

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT)

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

CliffLAND is open to the public to come for hikes or to be used by groups for nature education. A network of hiking trails on the property lead to such scenic natural features as Blueberry Mountain and Pike’s Peak, two of the highest elevations in Lanark County. As you follow the trail up the mountain you follow a picturesque waterfall which tumbles down a series of rock cliffs. You can visit a 150-year-old pine grove and an old cedar grove which includes an ancient tree over 300 years old. Another trail leads to the secluded Mann Lake, inaccessible by road.

Location: 502 Hills of Peace Rd, Flower Station, Ont.

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Help track bird collisions at bus shelters and LRT stations

Help track bird collisions at bus shelters and LRT stations

(Theme 3 – Design, Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Safe Wings Ottawa and OC Transpo

Project Start Date: July 2020

Objective:

Safe Wings Ottawa is pleased to be collaborating with OC Transpo and the City of Ottawa on a pilot project to reduce birds colliding with glass bus shelters.

Three shelters in different parts of the city now sport a bird-friendly dot pattern, and Safe Wings is collecting data at these and other shelters to support the case for making all transit structures, including LRT stations, safer for birds.

Signage in each of the three shelters explains what the dots are for and how they prevent bird collisions, and provides instructions on reporting collisions to Safe Wings.

OC Transpo is using this pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of bird-friendly patterns on glass transit structures, and to ensure that the dot pattern does not present any issues for visually impaired clients. Ultimately, Safe Wings hopes Ottawa will follow the example of public transit systems in other cities such as San Francisco and Minneapolis, by incorporating permanently etched, printed or ceramic frit patterns into all new and replacement transit structures.

As part of this pilot project, Safe Wings Ottawa is gathering data on bird collisions at transit structures.

Safe Wings has offered to provide input into the development of the Stage 2 LRT stations to ensure that they are built with bird-friendly design and landscaping.

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