July 2010 – The Local Scoop – Mid-Summer Scoop

What’s in this Scoop?
Lots of digs at those who deserve it.
FarrWoods soon to be a far gone memory…
The only paradise is paradise lost (Marcel Proust)
NANPS Northumberland County Fall Prairie Tour
Saturday September 25th 2010
The NANPS Prairie Tour scheduled for September 25th is now organised and ready for people to sign up. Click here to download ticket order form.

It will be an all-day car pool tour, meeting at Oak Hills Farm, between Port Hope and Peterborough, at 9:30 a.m. and visiting three sites in Northumberland County:

Oak Hills Farm is a new prairie, planted in May 2008, which won a NANPS Garden Award in 2009. There is a cottage on 100 acre lot overlooking Rice Lake. The site also includes a collection of over 100 native Ontario trees and shrubs. The owner, John Oyston, will be there to explain how to plant a prairie garden and give a site tour. Gavin Trevelyan, former Eastern Co-ordinator for Tallgrass Ontario, will give an overview of the importance of prairies in Ontario.

We will then drive to Alderville Black Oak Savanna, to see the largest piece of this type of habitat in Southern Ontario. This authentic prairie site on First Nations property could have become a gravel pit. Instead it has been carefully maintained with controlled burns, and extended using plants grown from seeds collected on site. Janine McLeod, the Natural Heritage Co-ordinator, will show us the highlights and explain their conservation program.

The final stop will be Red Cloud Pioneer Cemetery. Ed Heuval, the project manager for the site, will talk about the unique challenges of maintaining a property which is both a burying ground and an important prairie remnant. He also promises to make us some herbal tea using prairie plants!

Practical details:
We are meeting at Oak Hills Farm at 9:30 a.m. Allow 90 minutes to drive from Yorkdale Mall in Toronto or 20 minutes from Port Hope. The round trip from Toronto will be just over 300kms. You should get back to Toronto about 7 p.m. Full directions and a detailed map will be provided on registration.

Bring a picnic lunch. There are picnic tables and washrooms at Oak Hills and Alderville. There will be a small charge ($15 for members, $25 for non members) to cover admissions and expenses.

It should be a great day! Registration is limited so please sign up now by completing the attached form and mailing it with a cheque to John Oyston (NANPS Excursions) at 18 Whitehall Rd, Toronto, ON, M4W 2C6. For questions, email excursions@nanps.org or leaving a message for John Oyston at
416-972-1292.

An opportunity to visit three different styles of prairie in one day, with experienced guides including Tallgrass Prairie Expert Gavin Trevelyan to provide interpretation and local guides for each site.

RED CLOUD
Pioneer Cemetery

This small prairie remnant has been carefully preserved by volunteers, and saved from mowing or agricultural use.

Guide: Ed Heuval, Project Manager
Red Cloud Cemetery/Prairie

OAK HILLS FARM
A Re-created Prairie

Less than 3% of Ontario’s tallgrass prairie survives, so more prairie habitat needs to be created. This 3 acre private site overlooking Rice Lake won a NANPS Garden Award in 2009.

Guide: John Oyston, Owner

ALDERVILLE BLACK OAK SAVANNA

A tallgrass prairie and savanna being preserved and restored on First Nations land. This is the largest remnant of this endangered ecosystem found in central Ontario.

Guide: Janine McLeod, Natural Heritage Coordinator

A call for nominations for the Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award and Garden/Restoration Awards
The Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award recognizes an individual or groups’ extraordinary contribution to the conservation, protection or restoration of the natural heritage/native flora of North America at the community, regional, provincial, national or continental level.
The North American Native Plant Society recognizes that an individual or group’s contribution to the conservation/protection/restoration of native North American flora and natural heritage can take many forms, and therefore accomplishments honoured through the awards may include or be related to associated fields such as art, science, education, photography, literature, politics, or cultivation.
More information on the NANPS website.
We want to hear about your native plant project and what makes it special…to discover what wonderful and interesting things you are doing that support native plant habitats in small gardens or large restoration projects across the continent. To share and celebrate these efforts, NANPS has created the NATIVE PLANT GARDEN AWARDS!
NANPS is looking to celebrate members’ projects that best reflect NANPS’ mandate: To study, conserve, cultivate and restore North America’s native flora.
More information on the NANPS website.
Please submit your choices to awards@nanps.org.
Events, Workshops and Courses
High Park Stewardship Volunteer Program Events
Invasive Species Control with Forestry Crew
Sunday August 8, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) Review Workshop
Presented by the PPS Review Collaborative (Ontario Nature, Ecojustice, Ducks Unlimited Canada, CELA, CIELAP, Pembina Institute, Ontario Smart Growth Network and the Ontario Headwaters Institute) with presentations from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Wednesday, August 11, 1 to 4 p.m.
Northern District Library, Room 224 ABC, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, Toronto (Yonge and Eglinton)
Details and RSVP
Wildflower Walks
Saturday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (each walk lasts 2.5 hours)
Location: Rouge Park
Host: Rouge Park
Two free guided walks open to the public. The hikes will take place on different trails, so some of the plants encountered on each walk will be different.
Details
Wetland Plant Identification Course at the University of Guelph and the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Classroom study: August 16 & 17
Field study: August 23 & 24
When it comes to wetland plant ID, are you wet behind the ears? Brush up on your ID skills at the U of Goo Herbarium and in the wilds of Midland, Ontario. This course will be useful for terrestrial and aquatic ecologists, biologists, planners, geographers, and foresters and will also be useful for those with novice and intermediate to upper level skills in botany who wish to strengthen their wetland plant identification skills.
Details
Second Annual Butterfly Festival
Saturday, August 21, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tommy Thompson Park (TTP), Toronto waterfront
Free guided walks and activities with birds and butterflies. Butterfly migration hikes, butterfly tagging demonstrations, wildflower plantings on site, birds of prey program, building birdhouses, etc. Details
Tracking Summer Wildflowers: Lives, lore and uses
[Workshop]
Saturday, August 21 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 pm
Location: High Park
Host: The P.I.N.E. Project
Join us for a day of rambling through field, forest and along shoreline with plant expert Richard Aaron, and learn to identify wildflowers – both native and introduced – from a naturalist’s perspective through discussion and hands-on activities. There will also be some mention of edible and medicinal uses of these plants, and a good dose of wildflower lore as Richard shares the meanings and origins of plant names. All this and much more as we learn to “track” the summer wildflowers.
Details of wildflower, fungal and other nature workshops and walks with Richard Aaron, naturalist & educator – here
Koffler Scientific Reserve Upcoming Events Mushrooms on the Moraine
Saturday October 9, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Learn to identify many of the fascinating mushrooms and other fungi found on the Oak Ridges Moraine with Richard Aaron. Suitable for all levels of experience.
Finding the Forest for the Trees
Sunday October 10, 2010
11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
More than the sum of its parts, a forest is a complex community whose members struggle for light, water and minerals. Hear Dr. Sean Thomas, U of T professor of forest ecology, tell the story of how trees in the old growth get to be old.
Scoopologically Speaking
So, if something is second nature…then what is first nature? That which is innate? Are we not born into nature? Then why does nature come second? Shouldn’t it be first nature to put nature first?
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