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Early Spring Birding at Hillman Marsh

On April 14, 2013, the Essex County Field Naturalists' headed out to Hillman Marsh with Kory Renaud as their guide. Despite the chilly weather, a good time was enjoyed by all.  The grand total for the day was 57 species, including a good variety of waterfowl, some shorebirds, Common Loons, many Kinglets (both Golden and Ruby-crowned), and several other songbirds! See the ebird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13751265 Our fearless leader! Several upgrades have been made to [...]

Red-tailed Hawk

A great first outdoor meeting of the year! Come out to the next one! Field Naturalists' banding a Red Tailed Hawk prior to releasing it at Devonwood! Our next outdoor members' meeting takes place on May 8. See http://essexcountynature.com/meetings/ for details or follow us on twitter https://twitter.com/ECFNC

Protect the Ojibway Prairie, an important species-at-risk land!

Hi Everyone! See what is happening with the Ojibway Prairie (Windsor Star article and video) http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/03/27/big-box-retail-development-plan-near-ojibway-draws-fire-with-video/ Don't agree with the development on this environmentally important land? You can make comments over the web: http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTE4OTkz&statusId=MTc4MDA2&language=en Making comments are open to all the public but comments are only accepted until April 18th!

Mason Bee Nest

Hi everyone! I found this awesome article on how to make a nest for mason bees! Mason bees don't sting and they are great pollinators.  Just follow this link! http://themagnifyingglass.typepad.com/weblog/2011/03/make-a-mason-bee-nest.html

Project: Rain Gardens in Essex County

The west basin of Lake Erie has been seriously impacted by rain water runoff which carries contaminants and phosphorous which in turn fuels  large blooms of toxic algae. To mitigate this a simple green infrastructure project, to be designed and tested is the installation of rain gardens. Rain gardens are constructed around drains and catch basins to collect rainwater before it goes into the subsurface system. The rain gardens will have native plants chosen for [...]