The Importance of Beavers
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by Caitlin Rafters
6d ago
The Importance of Beavers By: Kate Dickson Canada’s beaver: An iconic species beloved enough to make it onto our coinage on one hand, but labeled as a “nuisance” and a “pest” on the other. What is it about this character that makes some of us love it so much from afar, but detest it so much when it gets too close? In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at why landowners have such an issue sharing space with beavers, why these issues are often overblown, and why trapping and/or relocation to eliminate a nuisance beaver is ineffective and costs more in the long term. We’ll then discuss seve ..read more
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Unveiling the Silent Crisis: The Decline of Earth’s Vital Insects
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by Caitlin Rafters
1M ago
Unveiling the Silent Crisis: The Decline of Earth’s Vital Insects  By: Meghan Ward In the intricate tapestry of Earth’s ecosystems, insects weave a role more vital than most realize. From pollution to nutrient cycling, insects are the unsung heroes that uphold the delicate balance of our planet’s biodiversity. However, in the past few decades a disquieting phenomenon has been unfolding – the silent decline of insect populations. Recent research has shown that insect populations have declined by more than 45% since the 1980s, and another 40% of all insect species will be at risk of ex ..read more
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How to be Fish-Friendly: Tips and Tricks for Responsible Recreational Fishing
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by Caitlin Rafters
1M ago
How to be Fish-Friendly: Tips and Tricks for Responsible Recreational Fishing By Angela Vander Eyken For many, casting a line out on a calm lake sounds like the perfect way to spend a late summer’s evening. Avid anglers are no strangers to waking at the crack of dawn to hop in a boat with a rod and tackle box in hand (and maybe a morning coffee too!). Despite the early mornings,  there is no doubt that recreational fishing can be an extremely relaxing, enjoyable and oftentimes addicting hobby – it is so easy to get lost in time and think about nothing else in the moment aside from tha ..read more
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Conlin’s Corner – Giants of the Night – Unraveling our Giant Silk Moths
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by Caitlin Rafters
2M ago
Conlin's Corner - Giants of the Night – Unraveling our Giant Silk Moths By: Basil Conlin We’re excited to introduce you to a new monthly installment on our blog: Conlin’s Corner, written by guest writer for The Land Between, Basil Conlin! Basil is a lifelong naturalist, amateur lepidopterist, and native plant gardening enthusiast. He grew up in the Black Oak Savannas of Toronto, the Drumlins of Peterborough, and recently relocated to the rolling hills and valleys of the Haliburton Highlands where he operates a small native plant nursery, 'Haliburton Micromeadows', dedicated to making nativ ..read more
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Salamanders: Nature’s Unsung Heroes
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by Caitlin Rafters
2M ago
By Siena Smith Salamanders, the reclusive, lesser known cousins of frogs and toads, are among the cutest animals we have here in The Land Between. Often mistaken for lizards, salamanders are actually amphibians; they have moist skin, are usually small, and come in lots of fun colours and patterns. Salamanders are usually found in damp, shady, forested areas such as under rocks, logs, and leaf litter, or in and around streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Here in The Land Between, we have 7 different species of salamander: the Blue Spotted, Eastern Red-backed, Four-toed, Mudpuppy, Northern Two ..read more
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The Birds Return! A closer look at the common Red-winged Blackbirds
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by Kate Dickson
2M ago
The days are long, the ice is melting, and our feathery friends are starting to return from their wintering grounds. One of the earliest arrivals is the Red-winged Blackbird, who will start to appear in Ontario in February, returning from the United States or further south.  Millions of birds fly north to breeding grounds across Canada – even reaching large portions of the Yukon and Northwest Territories – including the Red-winged Blackbird. These birds are commonly seen and heard throughout Central Ontario from March onward. Check out a cool animation of the Red-winged Blackbird’s mov ..read more
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Do Ontario Freshwater Turtles Show Site Fidelity to Overwintering Sites?
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by TLB
4M ago
By Andrea O'Halloran Turtles will soon be coming out of hibernation, which may prompt you to wonder where they spend all that time! It turns out, turtles return to the same site to hibernate each year, displaying something scientists call "site fidelity". Simply put, site fidelity is the behavioural inclination to return to a site that was previously used. Animals, from birds to reptiles, employ this strategy in an attempt to restrict energy expenditure and to limit the threat of mortality (Switzer, 1993). Ontario turtles are known to exhibit site fidelity in several ways, including returnin ..read more
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The American Woodcock: The Coolest Sign of Spring There Is
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by Kate Dickson
4M ago
by Siena Smith If you can believe it spring is just five days away, with March 19th officially kicking off the spring season! We will soon be in for longer days, with more daylight hours to get outside and go for walks. What’s more, the warmer weather means when we do go outside, we don’t need 10 layers of clothing to keep warm. In our opinion, however, the most exciting sign of spring is the return of the migratory birds to The Land Between. One of our earliest and most fascinating returnees is the American Woodcock, a robin-sized shorebird with a lot of character. These birds will be here ..read more
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Invasive Plants in The Land Between: Identification, spread avoidance, and more!
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by TLB
5M ago
By Sarah Reed In an effort to spread awareness this Invasive Species Awareness week, we're dedicating this blog post to the most common invasive plant species in The Land Between. What is an invasive plant species, you might ask? The term invasive plants refers to foreign trees, shrubs, and aquatics that have been introduced to non-native areas, primarily through human activity and have proliferated to the extent that they out-compete species that naturally occur in the area. They can overtake habitats and suppress native plants because they typically lack any native predators. Associated ne ..read more
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Going Nuts for Squirrels: The Annual Squirrel Appreciation Day!
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by TLB
6M ago
You read that right, Squirrel Appreciation Day, an annual celebration of our furry backyard friends. Since its inception in 2001, every 21st of January has been set aside as a day to say thank you to the cute little guys we all know (some might say too) well. There are more than 260 species of squirrel all over the world, and 22 here in Canada. But some of the critters scientists call squirrels may not necessarily be what you and I would automatically think of. Technically, a squirrel is anything belonging to the Sciuridae family which includes tree squirrels, chipmunks, flying squirrels, ma ..read more
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