Posts Tagged "plants"

Nature in the City – a photo journey to explore the Urban Nature

Posted by on 31. March 2013 in Blog / Journal, Photography | 2 comments

Nature in the City – a photo journey to explore the Urban Nature

In May of this year I will be giving a public presentation on the topic of  “Nature in the City”. This talk is part of the week-long festival Wild About Saskatoon, to celebrate nature and culture in the City of Saskatoon. Here are the first few images from a photographic journey to uncover and, hopefully, better understand how we as urban dwellers connect with elements of nature in the city. Urban Nature is more than just remnants of wild nature that is surviving within the city limits after humans took over and modified the original environment to suit our needs. Urban Nature is all around us – an ornamental tree in the back alley, a planted flower in the raised garden bed. Urban Nature is part of Us, same as we are part of it.  ...

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Old Man on His Back – prairie with golden bean at dawn

Posted by on 10. November 2012 in Saskatchewan | Comments Off on Old Man on His Back – prairie with golden bean at dawn

Old Man on His Back – prairie with golden bean at dawn

Lush prairie with golden bean in bloom. Just a short walk north of the interpretative centre at Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area west of Claydon, Saskatchewan. Return to the Saskatchewan photo...

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Old Man on His Back – Nature Conservancy seeks conservation volunteers

Posted by on 4. August 2012 in Blog / Journal, Conservation, News & Events | Comments Off on Old Man on His Back – Nature Conservancy seeks conservation volunteers

Old Man on His Back – Nature Conservancy seeks conservation volunteers

Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting another exciting Conservation Volunteer event at their flagship conservation property in Saskatchewan, the Old Man on his Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area near Claydon (southwest of Eastend). Just a few weeks ago I attended a Conservation Volunteer  event at the NCC Maymont property and really enjoyed it. This 3-day event will run over the weekend of August 10-12, 2012 and is full of activities: bird, mammal and wildflower surveys and help with the management of the Plains Bison conservation herd. In the evening, participants will be able to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower  in an environment with minimal light pollution. Food and snacks will be provided and you can come for the whole weekend or participate in daily programs. Camping is available on-site. The OMB site also has a very nice interpretive centre where you can learn about the history of ranching in the area (and a lot of other stuff for kids to explore). Here is an email that I received promoting the event. Just follow the links to register for individual programs. Unfortunately, I will be in Europe visiting my family until mid August and will not be able to participate. Information provided by NCC: Old Man on His Back is near Claydon, between Grassland National Park and Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. It has sweeping vistas of the open prairie, incredible sunrises and sunsets, and an abundance of wildflowers and grassland birds. A herd of Plains Bison have been reintroduced in this area and Pronghorn Antelope are often sighted! Imperiled species such as the Burrowing Owl and Ferruginous Hawk are sometimes seen. Volunteers can stay for the whole weekend and camp at Old Man on his Back, or they can simply come out for a day or two. Meals and snacks will be provided! This weekend is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, and with Old Man on His Back’s open skies with no light pollution, it will be a great place to spend the weekend watching the skies at night. Plains Bison Ranch Hands will be on Friday, August 10. We will be helping to manage the Plains Bison herd by enhancing the bison handling facilities and in doing a bison calf count! On Saturday, August 11, we will be having Green Grass and Gone Weeds event. We will be surveying steel fence posts for nesting birds, as well as removing invasive plants and old equipment and debris. A short workshop on range health assessment will also be taking place! On Sunday, August 12, we will finish the weekend with Life in a Grassland Understory. Permanent transects for breeding bird surveys will be put in place, and we will also give these transects a test run! As well, there will be small mammal surveys taking place!  ...

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Meet Your Neighbours photo gallery

Posted by on 27. July 2012 in Blog / Journal, Conservation, News & Events | Comments Off on Meet Your Neighbours photo gallery

Meet Your Neighbours photo gallery

I posted a new gallery with sample images from the Meet Your Neighbours photography project that I have been contributing to over the last two years. Meet Your Neighboursis an international environmental photography initiative, created by Niall Benvie and Clay Bolt in 2009. Aim of the program is to encourage appreciation of common plants and animals in our neighbourhoods, species that often get overlooked. Each subject is photographed on location in a field studio with minimal disturbance. The photographs were made in partnership with the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan and Nature Saskatchewan, and will be used in their educational programs. For more information about the project, visit the Meet Your Neighbours web...

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Maymont – a new Nature Conservancy property in Saskatchewan

Posted by on 27. July 2012 in Blog / Journal, Conservation | 2 comments

Maymont – a new Nature Conservancy property in Saskatchewan

Last Sunday I joined members of the Saskatoon Nature Society on a field trip to one of the newest protected areas managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. We visited the Maymont property, which includes several sections of land along 5.5 km of riverbank on the south side of North Saskatchewan River near Maymont bridge. NCC secured the land over the last few years, with several large sections being purchased this spring. Currently, the organization manages approximately 3,500 acres of diverse plant communities of native grasslands, aspen parkland, heavily wooded area along the river bank, and a small wetland. We were taking part in the NCC Conservation Volunteer program, helping make an inventory of plants and animals on the property. The day before, members of the Native Plant Society did an inventory of plants in the same area. NCC runs the program throughout Saskatchewan and it is a great way to get outdoors, learn something new about nature from experts lading the trips (no previous experience is required), and contribute to a worthy cause. The Maymont property is a great place. I have visited it before, working on a project to photograph the NCC properties in Saskatchewan (see a gallery of images on the “old” web site. Here is one image from last September: There area spectacular views over the North Saskatchewan River valley from the north edge of the property. Native grasslands at Maymont property are in good shape, especially with the wet spring and summer we have had this year. Prairie wildflowers were in bloom everywhere and I was amazed with the richness and diversity of plant life. We saw a lot of butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies and mushrooms. We saw a Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle circling over the river, Veery and an American Redstart. And a few other interesting bird species. Below are a few images from the trip. An added bonus for me was a small herd of longhorn cattle that ran through the pasture right by out group. I managed to snap a few images as they thundered over the hill.    ...

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