With the snow barely gone, the ospreys have returned to Eastern Ontario, staking out claims on the pole nests scattered about the countryside. Since they are not spending much time on the nests themselves, it is fair to deduce that they haven't yet laid any eggs, (as at April 6 2013). We'll continue to monitor them. This short clip was taken in Merrickville, Ontario about 50 km south of Ottawa.
Each year, just at the first hint of spring thaw, massive waves of tundra swans begin a migratory trek from the Chesapeake Bay area, where they winter, to the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic, where they breed and nest. These magnificent birds aren't known to most North Americans, for their fly-past across the vast land is brief. A few days to rest and replenish at various locations in Southern Ontario and Manitoba, but no more. The imperative of an ancient biological clock calls them to keep moving north. For they have a precious few weeks to breed, nest and ready their fledglings for the 4200km return flight in the fall.
The video is part of a field report on the tundra swan migration, posted at perfectdayfactory.com/tundra-swans/
Biodiversity Conservancy International (BCI) in 2011 took on the restoration and reclamation of the Pinhey sand dune, a unique, rare, and rapidly disappearing sand dune habitat in Ottawa, Ontario. Without this effort to save it, the dune would disappear completely within 10-15 years, and a number of species would also become extinct locally. The conservation project is one of a number of activities undertaken by BCI.
One of the iconic sounds of early spring in Canada is the sound of frogs and toads. You can hear them in rivers, lakes, ponds — just about anywhere where there is water. Not long after the spring thaw they emerge. What drives them to be so loud, intense, and persistent? To expend so much energy?
We thought it was time to take a closer look.
(Video was produced as a blog post at perfectdayfactory.com/trill-of-a-lifetime/ )