NCC Creative Conservation Challenge: Mud Inspired 2015

NCC Creative Conservation Challenge: Mud Inspired 2015

There’s no question that I had a ‘wild’ 2015. My experiences in nature encapsulated discovery, wilderness, adventure, learning, and community-building. Through these experiences, I learned an abundance of natural heritage and ecological information about the Carden Alvar and other areas in Ontario. Close encounters in globally-rare environments have been ingrained into my memory thanks to countless days roaming the transitional southern boundary of the Canadian Shield in Central Ontario. I also became acquainted with several new species, some of which I…

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Hay Bales: Perfect for playgrounds – and conservation

Hay Bales: Perfect for playgrounds – and conservation

Who cares about environmental conservation? Or rather, how does one develop the deep care and concern to advocate for true preservation of our natural environment? I was struck by this question last week while I drove home from Carden Alvar Provincial Park in Sebright, Ontario. Following a sharp bend in the road I was face-to-face with a hayfield, where recently baled hay dotted the entire landscape.  I noticed 3 youngsters frolicking about hay bales, and wondered what these kids were…

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Carden Field Journal: Amphibians, reptiles and insects

Carden Field Journal: Amphibians, reptiles and insects

It’s starting to feel like summer here in Carden! Over the course of weeks five and six, I continued working with species at risk and partook in an invasive species control effort with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. This is meaningful work which will help Carden Alvar Natural Area thrive ecologically. Aside from work I had encounters with various wildlife. Amphibians, reptiles and insects delivered much excitement while I was driving down or exploring the back roads. One rainy day…

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Carden Field Journal: Busy time

Carden Field Journal: Busy time

One month has passed in Carden! Some great observations this week included: Yellow warbler nest with eggs; Sparrow nest with chicks; Great blue heron with 3 chicks; Tree swallow chicks; Watching the Eastern phoebe chicks fledge; American kestrels nesting in a box; Eastern meadowlark chick, waiting for its four siblings. The 9th Annual Carden Alvar Nature Festival, was also held in week four, which I will dedicate an article to in place of week five.

Carden Field Journal: Fast pheobes

Carden Field Journal: Fast pheobes

May 24th to May 30th was the quick period between the Carden Challenge last week and the forthcoming Carden Nature Festival. It was neat to check up on the Eastern phoebe chicks from last week, which I will now make a weekly habit. The Eastern phoebe chicks are doing well! They have grown significantly and have occupied all available space in their nest. Other interesting sightings this week included intense thunderstorms, white-tailed deer, and the entertainment of Carden cows. Next week will be…

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Carden Field Journal: Wildlife and The Carden Challenge!

Carden Field Journal: Wildlife and The Carden Challenge!

Week two was action-packed and full of exhilarating wildlife sightings! Highlights of the week included watching nesting birds with their young, attending the 10th annual Carden Challenge, and coming across several painted turtles. Throughout the week my co-workers and I saw several nesting birds. Some nests contained eggs, while others were home to already-hatched chicks! We had flushed an Eastern meadowlark from its nest on Windmill Ranch in Carden to find 4 healthy looking eggs in the grass-based nest. This…

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Carden Field Journal: Intro to field work

Carden Field Journal: Intro to field work

Monday, May 11th, 2015 marked the start of my 16 week adventure in the wilderness of Carden, Ontario. I will be working as a field/ conservation assistant, for my 5th UW co-op term, with the Couchiching Conservancy, an Environmental NGO – Land Trust. The organization aims to protect 12,000+ acres of natural land for the future in the Couchiching-Severn region, near Orillia, Ontario. I will be posting a weekly personal journal article documenting highlights from my experiences, including a few photos…

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The Role of Recreational Fishing in Environmental Conservation

The Role of Recreational Fishing in Environmental Conservation

With the spring season upon us, the excitement to venture outdoors has struck many nature enthusiasts in full force. Of the countless ways Canadians choose to enjoy the outdoors, recreational fishing serves a dual functionality. It is a great way to get outside and promote environmental conservation as well as achieve good health and wellness at the same time. While at first, recreational fishing may appear contradictory to environmental conservation, I believe it has the potential to be an impactful…

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Post-Storm Commotion in Carden : Eastern Screech Owls

Post-Storm Commotion in Carden : Eastern Screech Owls

Learning about species that I have never encountered in the past is one of the main factors that drives my desire to keep exploring!  The evening of Saturday, June 28th, 2014, around 10:30p.m. was no exception; I observed my first owls. While sitting around a campfire with family and friends, strange moaning-like noises were travelling across to our site from an adjacent field lined by a patch of forest. Specifically, the noise sounded like 2 animals were engaging in a…

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New Site this Summer

New Site this Summer

Whoa, the summer is flying by! Over the past month, MudInspired.com has been undergoing an upgrade/ redesign/ change. With an estimated date of completion in August 2014, the new site will contain everything there is to share with the community including all nature photo albums, a highlights gallery, and The Mud Blog. As well as links to supporting organizations, and MIP social media outlets. So far, all Mud Inspired-related posts from the 2014 Carden Nature Festival can be found on the…

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