Category Archives: Environment

Environmental Initiatives Meeting – January 17

Interested in learning about and contributing to environmental initiatives in Champlain Park? Meet with us on Thursday, January 17 from 7-9 PM at the Field House. We will discuss the steps we can take together to foster sustainable living in a healthy urban environment, including:

  • Rehabilitation of the “Little Woods” (Patricia and Clearview northeast corner lot)
  • Discuss extension and widening of the existing trail between Carleton, Northwestern and the Remic Rapids Woods
  • Rehabilitation of selected sections of the Champlain Woods (invasive species, tree planting)
  • City’s plan for the Northwestern median
  • Options for planting street trees
  • Update on the Pontiac Street closure
  • The Planters and potential for community garden.

Convened by Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley, Co-Chairs, Environment Committee of the Champlain Park Community Association.

Environmental Initiatives Meeting – January 17

Interested in learning about and contributing to environmental initiatives in Champlain Park? Meet with us on Thursday, January 17 from 7-9 PM at the Field House. We will discuss street trees, wooded areas in Champlain Park and along the edge of the community, the Park extension and other steps we can take together to foster sustainable living in a healthy urban environment.

Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley, Co-Chairs, Environment Committee of the Champlain Park Community Association.

Bird Count – Sunday

Subject: K9: Bird count this Sunday

2018 marks the 100th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, and is conducted by volunteers. This year’s count will be on Sunday, December 16. The count involves monitoring your bird feeder and counting the birds that come by. Participants will be given a checklist and are asked to report the numbers at noon and final numbers at the end of the day.

Gillian Koh, Hintonburg Community Association board member, will be administering the CBC for the Kitchissippi. If you would like to participate, please email her at gillian.a.koh@gmail.com.

https://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc/

Halifax Urban Trees Video

Subject: Fwd: [CANUFNET] Short video about the importance of trees from Halifax, NS
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:48:55 -0500
From: Heather Pearl <hpearl2012@gmail.com>

Dare I say that this five minute video is worth a thousand words?

Heather

From: David Foster via CANUFNET <canufnet@list.web.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 at 15:19
Subject: [CANUFNET] Short video about the importance of trees from Halifax, NS

Hi CANUFNET folks,

A collaboration between the Halifax Regional Municipality and PLANifax, a local group of planning enthusiasts/students/videographers has produced a new video about the importance of trees to urban environments. Share widely to help spread the word about the unsung heroes of our cities! Thanks for your help getting it out.

YouTube: Trees of all Trades (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyXDjOamDj8)

Regards,

David Foster

David E. Foster, BSc, MREM
PhD Student
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
e: david.foster@dal.ca
t: 902-880-8712

City Consulting on Significant Woodlands

Subject: Fwd: Significant Woodlands Guidelines — public consultation
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:36:29 -0500
From: Heather Pearl <hpearl2012@gmail.com>

Hi all. This is FYI, and to be posted on the web site.

The City is inviting comments on the Draft Significant Woodlands Guidelines, just posted on the City of Ottawa website. Here are the full links and the re-directs:

https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/significant-woodlands or https://Ottawa.ca/woodlands

https://ottawa.ca/fr/hotel-de-ville/engagement-du-public/projets/boises-dimportance or https://Ottawa.ca/boisés

The deadline for public comment is December 17, 2018.
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Champlain Park’s Intrepid Volunteers (Champlain Woods)

from Daniel Buckles

Wonder what the blue flags near the Carleton/Pontiac entrance to the river are all about? To the west of the entrance, Catherine Shearer has been protecting a patch of the common milkweed, a plant critical to the Monarch Butterfly. This emblematic butterfly is making something of a come back this year (see here for details). In the same area she is also removing seeds of the Dog Strangling Vine, an invasive species that if left unchecked will form a dense mat that smothers trees, shrubs and everything else. Along the main trail to the river are flags showing where a house for Purple Martins will be installed next spring (rescued from the old Trailhead building by Adrian Bradley, and fixed up by Alan Ramunus and Catherine Shearer).

[Catherine Shearer and a patch of Common Milkweed]

Catherine Shearer and a patch of Common Milkweed

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Champlain Park’s Intrepid Volunteers (Planters)

Have you enjoyed the flowers, grasses and herbs in the 7 planters on Pontiac Street? They were established and cared for this summer by 8 local volunteers:

  • Lianne Bellisario
  • Alexi Cambell
  • Kathy Choquette
  • Alexandra Evershed
  • Lori Kibbee
  • Heather Pearl
  • Lauren Simon
  • Kelly Wiles

Daniel Buckles coordinated the activity and liaised with the City of Ottawa and Councillor Leiper’s office.

Thanks to you all!

[Flowers 1]
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