Category Archives: Environment

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

Further west down the path into the woods Adrian Bradley has been continuing the effort to smother Japanese Knotweed, Continue reading

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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Treeplanters Wanted – September 17

Want to be a “Treeplanter” in Champlain Park? Volunteers are needed to prepare the ground for National Tree Day, and plans for Grade 3 students from St. George Elementary School to plant trees.

Contact Daniel Buckles (Daniel.buckles@gmail.com) to pitch in from 6:45 to 7:30 pm this week. We’ll start Monday evening, Sept 17 and continue each evening until it is done. We will dig holes for 8 trees to be planted in the NCC forest along Pontiac Ave. as part of the Champlain Park Community Association partnership with the NCC. If you don’t want to dig, you can help prepare the fences needed to protect the saplings.
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Friends of the Farm Fall Activities

Since they mentioned tree tours…
– Alex

Subject: Friends of the Farm Fall Events and Activities
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:15:15 -0400
From: Friends of the Farm <info@friendsofthefarm.ca>

Hello, here are the Friends of the Farm events and activities for Fall 2018. Please help us get the word out, thank you.

September 23rd– Friends of the Farm Tree Tour at 10am Blgd 72, Arboretum.  Citizen Science: How to Document Trees. Tour leader Owen Clarkin will focus on how and why to document trees to the family, genus, and species levels for scientific/conservation databases, emphasizing techniques in photography.  Free, public welcome.  Register online http://friendsofthefarm.ca/arboretum-tree-tours/ or 613-230-3276
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Ecology Ottawa Tree Event for Municipal Candidates

From: Debra Huron <debra@debrahuron.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 10:40:52 -0400

Ecology Ottawa is inviting YOU to create a tree-loving event for candidates in YOUR ward. It’s all about putting trees on the agenda for the Oct 22 municipal election. Get active now and make our voices heard during National Forest Week, Sept 23-29. https://ecologyottawa.ca/2018/08/24/this-national-forest-week-make-trees-an-election-issue/

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Debra Isabel Huron
http://www.debrahuron.com
Phone: 613 859-8049
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Mapping Ottawa’s Lost Trees

Subject: FW: Mapping Ottawa’s lost trees
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 08:26:10 -0400
From: DANIEL BUCKLES <dbuckles@sas2.net>

Residents of Ottawa have witnessed and lamented the loss of 50,000 ash trees on city property alone destroyed due to an impact of climate change: the steady northern advance of the Emerald Ash Borer. Untempered intensification in the urban core is destroying front and back yard trees and dramatically reducing space for new trees. Wind and ice storms have also taken their toll.

Now you can record the lost trees and your memories on our interactive map. It allows you to:

  • plot lost trees due to human or natural causes.
  • record details such as tree type (species), approximate date of loss and size.
  • add a photograph and comments.
  • view the cumulative count of loss, by cause and by City ward.

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Water a Pontiac Planter!

From: DANIEL BUCKLES <dbuckles@sas2.net>
Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2018 08:32:38 -0400

Dog Walkers and River Riders

The community now has 7 planters to beautify the extension of Champlain Park at Pontiac Avenue, cared for by volunteer gardeners. To help them along, we invite dog walkers and any others that enjoy going down to the river at Carleton Avenue to take some water with them for the plants. Soak a plant in a planter, rather than sprinkling water around, so that roots go deeper. This will help ease the worry of the volunteer gardeners throughout the season.

[Planter filled with freshly planted plants]

We would like to also give a big shout out to Councillor Jeff Leiper, and assistant Fiona Mitchell, for their dedication and hard work to get the planters in place and set for planting this season. Thank you, thank you, thank you.