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Summer Conservation Project

I have spent much of this summer working with other volunteers from the Friends of the Morgan Arboretum to renovate and recreate a new trail in the Arboretum. It will be formally opened on Sunday. I thought readers of this journal would enjoy taking a short photographic walk along the trail and finding out why I have had such fun in excellent company. Follow the link below: http://www.greenbirding.ca/a-trail-garden-in-the-forest/  

By | 2017-09-18T15:13:15+00:00 September 18th, 2017|arboretum, conservation|0 Comments

A “Garden in the Forest” – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we posted here about the volunteer creation of the wildlife feeding "Garden in the Forest" at the Arboretum - you can read it here:  http://www.greenbirding.ca/making-a-garden-in-the-forest/ to find out what it's about. Time for an update. All the trees, bushes and shrubs are now planted and the site has been thoroughly dug over to try to get rid of big, thuggish weeds and ferns. Needless to say, that's a vain hope but [...]

By | 2017-06-04T18:34:20+00:00 June 4th, 2017|arboretum, wildlife|1 Comment

Arboretum birding (with photographs)

Towards the end of April, Chris and led a birding field trip in the arboretum for members of Bird Protection Quebec that turned out to be stunningly successful with slightly over 50 species seen ... which for April, when the snows have barely departed, is exceptionally successful. Today we repeated the exercise for members of the Arboretum itself (we do this every year towards the end of May) timed to coincide reasonably well with peak [...]

By | 2017-08-12T17:45:12+00:00 May 27th, 2017|arboretum, birds|0 Comments

Making a “Garden in the Forest”

I have been involved this spring in a wonderful volunteer project in the Arboretum ... we are creating a new trail (which I won't spoil for you here, there will be an official announcement and unveiling later in the year) and alongside it a small group of us are creating a "Garden in the Forest". It's a lot of fun, really, despite the complaints from my back and the ever hungry mosquitoes. The garden is [...]

By | 2017-05-25T19:21:10+00:00 May 25th, 2017|arboretum|2 Comments

Arboretum addendum – with audio

While walking the Orange trail yesterday (see the previous post here for details and photographs) I was experimenting with recording bird songs using my iPhone and the Røde audio recording app. In the summer months there are lots of Red-eyed Vireos singing in the forest and I turned the microphone on what I thought was one just off the trail (I never saw it) and got a good, clear recording with frog croak accompaniment from [...]

By | 2017-05-18T17:17:24+00:00 May 18th, 2017|arboretum, audio, birds|0 Comments

Today in the Arboretum

What a difference a few days make at this time of the year ... here is the entrance to the Orange Trail just west of the Conservation Centre on 3 May and again today (17 May). The pictures below are of the same stretch of the trail at the same time of day. Last week we took a detailed walk around the Orange Trail specifically focussed on the ephemeral flowers that briefly show themselves in the [...]

By | 2017-05-17T17:50:20+00:00 May 17th, 2017|amphibians, arboretum, flowers|0 Comments

Ephemerally Botanising … spring in the Arboretum

LOTS of pictures for you today ... For about two weeks at the start of May (hereabouts) the leaves have not fully opened on the trees and the flowers on the forest floor make the most of the light before they are cast in shade for the rest of the summer ... these "spring ephemerals" are showing beautifully this year. The photos that follow were all taken on a walk this morning along the orange [...]

By | 2017-05-10T18:28:33+00:00 May 10th, 2017|arboretum, flowers|1 Comment

Arboretum April Record

Chris (who has way better birding ears than this old guy ... well, he is younger) and I led a group of 26 birders on Bird Protection Quebec field trip this morning in the Morgan Arboretum and the adjacent fields. To be honest, we started with 26 but ten got eaten by bears as we ended with 16 ... but it was cold, and grey and damp and we walked for four and a half [...]

By | 2017-04-22T15:05:48+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|arboretum, birding, birds|3 Comments

Hard Bird Slogging

This morning I was booked to lead a birding field trip in the Arboretum … this winter one I usually lead people along the snowshoe trail and last year the day was cold, bright and contained three Owls, one ripping a squirrel to pieces which was a lot of fun. This morning the weather was unseasonably warm with a few inches of overnight snow but at kick-off time this morning it had turned to light [...]

By | 2016-02-20T13:56:53+00:00 February 20th, 2016|birding, birds, BPQ, field trip, winter|0 Comments

Autumn arrives at the Arboretum

A gloriously warm and bright Thanksgiving drew us to the arboretum this morning along with a plenty of others ... we are not quite at peak colour yet (soon) but the next couple of days are forecast to be wet. Very few birds around due to the high number of people though Nuthatches were blowing their plastic squeakers not far away almost throughout our visit. The red squirrels were equally vociferous and looking forward to have [...]

By | 2015-10-12T14:50:21+00:00 October 12th, 2015|arboretum, birds, fall|0 Comments