18 February 2021 – Webinar on Hydro Corridor Habitat Restoration at Morgan’s Grant
Register for the free Canadian Wildlife Federation Webinar in their Rights-of-Way Habitat Restoration: 2021 Pollinator Webinar Series. Learn about a multi-partner approach to restoration at the Morgan’s Grant hydro corridor project involving the Briarbrook Brookside Morgan’s Grant Community Association, the Ottawa Stewardship Council, and Hydro One with the City of Ottawa.
December 2020 – Carleton University Group Science Project: Rock Elm
Carleton University third year Environmental Science students made their group project presentations last week. One of the projects we sponsored, in partnership with the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club, was about Rock Elms (Ulmus thomasii). The project team examined whether Rock Elm is a species in decline due to Dutch Elm Disease (DED) using data in iNaturalist. They also reviewed the strengths and limitations of citizen science, the natural history of Rock Elm, tree species recovery programs, and the history of DED in North America. Read more in our post: Rock Elm: A Native Species in Decline?
November 2020 – Carp River Living Classroom Launched
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has launched the Carp River Conservation Area along a 2 kilometer section of the restored Carp River in Kanata. In partnership with Friends of the Carp River and OSC, MVCA is developing the Carp River Living Classroom, which will animate the river and its wetlands for education and discovery. The Living Classroom will be a destination for families to learn about biodiversity, for hands-on learning by thousands of students from nearby schools, and for research and citizen science.d
OSC is focused on key aspects of education for the Living Classroom: a mobile app called EcoTrekr and developing curriculum elements with local school boards.
October 2020 – Carleton University – Environmental Science Group Projects
This year the Ottawa Stewardship Council is the lead sponsor for one project and a supporting sponsor for three other projects at Carleton University. Third year Environmental Science students are working in teams on the following community projects:
– Citizen Science Case Study,
– Urban Butterfly Sanctuary at Pinhey Sand Dunes,
– Petrie Island Tree Inventory Analysis, and
– Rock Elms – A Native Tree in Decline?
Our cosponsors are the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club, Biodiversity Conservancy International, and Friends of Petrie Island.
July 2020 – Petrie Island Tree Inventory
The second year of the Petrie Island Tree Inventory continues this summer, albeit without volunteers. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Friends of Petrie Island has asked their summer student, Kyra, to identify, GPS locate, measure, and record data for new areas on the island. Kyra is using iNaturalist and adding her observations to the 443 trees recorded last year in the Petrie Island Tree Inventory Project. This project is supported by OSC and the Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club.
6 February 2020 – Join Us at the Next Wildlife Speaker Series Event
We will have a table in the foyer at the next Wildlife Speaker Series event – Living with Coyotes – on Thursday, 6 February at Ottawa City Hall. The speaker is Dr. Stan Gehrt, Ohio State University. The Nature Expo starts at 7pm, speaker at 8pm. For more information, click on the poster image.
January 2020 – What We Accomplished in 2019
In 2019 the Ottawa Stewardship Council was involved in environmental stewardship projects across the city, from Petrie Island in the east to Morgan’s Grant and the Carp River in the west. Read about What We Accomplished in 2019 in our post.
5 December 2019 – Carleton University Environmental Science Projects
Carleton University third year students presented their Environmental Science group projects this week. We sponsored two projects:
- Pinhey Sand Dunes – record insect diversity on this unique site and make recommendations for public engagement, and
- Carp River Restoration Site – monitor seeded and invasive plants and make recommendations for citizen science and public engagement.
The Pinhey Dunes students recorded 6 insect species, looked at lessons learned from other dune restoration projects worldwide, and developed a questionnaire and pamphlet to improve public knowledge about what makes the site ecology special.
The Carp River students recorded 19 plant species in a 350m stretch and identified three invasive species: wild parsnip, flowering rush, and phragmites. They also looked at five citizen science projects and recommended a public awareness event and use of iNaturalist to promote yearly collection of data to see how the site flora change over time.