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.

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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 showcasing what subjects I am able to capture. My goal is to have a set of notes and visuals, synopsizing my experiences this summer, in one of my favourite places.

Following the completion of administrative tasks, I was able to venture into the field with one of my supervisors, David Hawke, Stewardship Program Manager, to the Butler Reserve in Severn, Ontario for a garlic mustard pull. Volunteers also joined us. Afterwards, we hiked the glacially-influenced landscape, where wild columbine, tent caterpillars, and various dragonflies were present. I learned that moose desire striped maple, giving it the nickname moose maple.

On Thursday I worked in Carden where I met another one of my supervisors, Ron Reid, Carden Coordinator. I learned about the projects I’ll be involved with which pertain to Species at Risk.

Other cool sightings included seeing a porcupine in a tree for the first time, a mother noisy killdeer with its 5 chicks, American kestrel and indian paintbrush and prairie smoke alvar wildflowers in bloom. A great first week, with many long, eventful, and exciting days to come!

Future journal articles are primarily going to consist of sightings, and activities that happened in the field. If interested, I hope you enjoy following my adventures this summer!