Species of the Week: The Blue Dasher

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This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis). Blue Dashers are one of the most commonly sighted dragonflies in North America, often found near slow-moving water such as a marsh or pond. Mature males are easy to recognize with … Continue reading

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Species of the Week: The Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus). There is significant sexual dimorphism between the males and females of this species: males are black, white and red, whereas the females are streaked brown and white with a prominent white eyebrow. As might be expected, the females’ more camouflaged appearance helps protect the nest and young from inquisitive predators. Their preferred breeding habitat includes moist deciduous forest, mixed deciduous-coniferous forest, thickets and edge habitats. The diet of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak primarily consists of insects, seeds and fruits. Common nest predators of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks include Blue Jays and Common Grackles whereas the adults are predated by various hawks. Murphys Point Provincial Park is a great place to observe Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, just like this male featured here!

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Great Day for an AGM! (And a wander in the woods)

Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting today (April 23, 2023) at the Lally Homestead. It was great to see so many members and so much interest in becoming involved with the Board! Thank you to everyone who put their name forward for a Director position.

Your 2023 Board of Directors are:
Susan Aitken
Don Goodfellow
Stephanie Gray
Derek Needham
Peter Stranberg
Derek Zeisman

The executive positions will be selected at our next Board meeting, so stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to Assistant Superintendent Mark Read for leading us on a lovely wander through the woods. We observed many bird species, a Blanding’s turtle, a Leopard frog, numerous wildflowers and, of course, admired a vernal pool or two.

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon – with Friends!

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