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Posted July 20, 2017
Yesterday evening, after a relaxing dinner on the back patio, I gave chase to a wild goose. Here is how it happened. We live near Laurel Creek (the creek not the Nature Centre) and we we have a couple of parks near our house. Since the spring there have been at least 4 adult geese […]
Posted July 18, 2017
VIDEO: Click to view our salamanders in action!
Posted July 6, 2017
At the Laurel Creek Outdoor Ed. Centre, we had a swarm of bees move into a wall on our deck. We tried to be tricky and coax them out, but after a few weeks, decided that a more direct approach was best. After opening the wall, we found quite a large hive, with perhaps 15,000 […]
Posted June 6, 2017
I have always wanted to get underwater video of the Common Snapping Turtle in the pond. Perhaps anticipating egg-laying, she has been hanging around the edges for a few days, so I took the opportunity. Check it out!
Posted May 21, 2017
At the Laurel Creek Outdoor Education Centre, we have 4 hives of honeybees. If your bees are healthy, and there is lots of food for everyone, sometimes the workers begin making new queens (that process is for another post). This is a signal for the old queen to plan for departure. This is just a […]
Posted March 13, 2017
There was an interesting experiment in the news recently, where researchers taught bumblebees how to get a treat (sugar water) by rolling a marble into the centre of a circle. Bees were able to do the task just by watching another bee do it first.
Posted March 8, 2017
I’m thrilled that it is maple syrup season. This will be the first week I am working with Al at Camp Heidelberg Environmental Education Centre. Today was a great day for making syrup. Warm daytime temperatures after a period of sub-freezing nights, means the sap is flowing! Our first batch of syrup came off yesterday, March […]
Posted January 13, 2017
I went down to the bridge at Blair Creek to check out the water level yesterday. We have had heavy rain overnight two nights in a row. All this rain caused a significant snowmelt, adding to the pressure on streams and rivers. As water levels rose, the Grand River Conservation Authority issued a flood watch. […]
Posted November 10, 2016
Here is a picture of a diving beetle larva taken with some kind of electron microscope scanner. Eye of Science / Science Photo Library / Getty Images More up-close photos from Cosmos Magazine here: https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/micro-monsters-up-close-and-personal?platform=hootsuite Regular-looking photograph of diving beetle larvae here: https://outdooredguys.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/tigers-of-the-pond/
Posted October 28, 2016
I am fortunate to work at such a beautiful place that offers so much inspiration to students, teachers, parents, and yours truely. The short drive down the laneway is picturesque each day, but each year there are a handful of days that I feel the need to stop at the top and take a photo […]