Loss of Habitat in Baie-D’Urfé

The Quebec Government have just published a very interesting interactive map of the province which shows the changes in various habitat types for the period from about 1990 to 2009 ... what has happened since 2009 we can only surmise, but it's fair to say it hasn't got any better. Here are some parts of the map for the Baie-D'Urfé municipality - of particular interest as it's where I live. Basically green is [...]

By |2018-06-20T13:58:08-04:00June 20th, 2018|Baie-D'Urfé, conservation, environment|1 Comment

Technoparc Birding

[PICTURES BELOW THE TEXT] Went birding this morning (6:30 am … why didn’t I take up botany, I could have been out at a more civilised hour?) in the St-Laurent Technoparc wetlands. Thanks to Jane for putting the outing together and to Joel for sharing his knowledge of the site. It was very instructive, and a new location for me. Even if only 20 minutes from home I had not visited before … in fact, [...]

By |2016-07-01T14:39:15-04:00July 1st, 2016|birding, birds, environment|7 Comments

Kenauk for the day

This is the first year since 1998 that J and I will not be renting a cabin at Kenauk - for excellent reasons - and we had resigned ourselves to missing a September week in our favourite place on earth. Thus, it was a very welcome surprise to be invited by our friends at the Nature Conservancy (NCC) to spend an afternoon there in the company of a select group of sponsors and supporters … [...]

By |2015-09-06T11:41:03-04:00September 6th, 2015|birding, birds, conservation, environment, landscape, Trees|0 Comments

Iceland – a synopsis

The first two weeks of July were passed in Iceland revelling in scenery, birds and flowers ... and eating lots of fish. For those readers who would enjoy more information and a larger selection of photographs than can be posted here, please head over to the trip report page where you can indulge yourselves in just a small selection of what we encountered. For those with only a few minutes to spare here are a very [...]

By |2015-07-21T11:14:55-04:00July 21st, 2015|birding, birds, environment, flowers, landscape|2 Comments

Conserving the common species …

Although I began my birding with an interest in listing, and although I still keep lists of what I have seen (and not only birds), the advent of "GreenBirding", the need to keep our carbon emissions down, a need to know things with greater depth than width and my training as a biologist have turned my focus in recent years and I am more and more interested in the creatures and plants that we live [...]

By |2014-11-04T16:00:02-04:00November 4th, 2014|birding, birds, conservation, environment|1 Comment

Government crackdown

You will all be already aware of the crackdown by the government on inconvenient conservation charities - they are doing this by telling the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to conduct audits on political activities and threatening the withdrawal of charitable status. This cartoon appeared in the Globe and Mail newspaper this morning - sums it all up very nicely.

By |2014-10-20T11:46:10-04:00October 20th, 2014|conservation, environment|0 Comments

Birds and Beavers at Kenauk 2014

KENAUK 7-12 September 2014 Being a brief and illustrated account of the most enjoyable wildlifing we know "West of Montreal”. This year was the 17th annual visit we have made to stay in the Kenauk nature sanctuary, now owned in good part by our friends at Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC). Always the same week of the year, always the same cabin on the same lake. When I say it's the best wildlifing I really mean [...]

By |2014-09-14T14:47:09-04:00September 14th, 2014|autumn, birding, birds, conservation, environment, fall, mammals, migration|0 Comments

Vote for Bob

OK - I know I live in Canada these days but what happens to wildlife in the UK is still pretty important for me and, well for everyone because once one rich country forgets what matters others will follow them into the abyss. You can vote for Bob from a Canadian address and you don't even have to be a UK citizen to do so ... so add your voice to Bob's campaign today.

By |2014-08-22T16:01:01-04:00August 22nd, 2014|climate change, conservation, environment|0 Comments