Garlic Mustard at Tiny Marsh

From M-T-M Conservation Association

Volunteers are needed to pull Garlic Mustard at Tiny Marsh in May and June.

Dates and times of the pulls are driven by volunteer availability. We used to have specific Garlic Mustard pull dates but we now have a system where people decide when they want to come, they let us know and we at M-T-M put groups together, directing volunteers to the appropriate site, making sure that at least one experienced puller is present and providing bags for the unwanted weed.

Why get rid of Garlic Mustard? Don’t be deceived by the pretty white flowers, this plant is a bully. It crowds out native species like trilliums and changes the chemistry of the soil to stop other species from germinating. This means a slow decline for a forested area as trees are no longer able to reseed themselves.

In 2017, we planted 1,500 native species in a badly infested field, and these plants – Oswego Tea Beebalm, Common Milkweed, Cup Plant and more – are beginning to become established and take over from the Garlic Mustard. But they still need help. Pull sessions last up to three hours and working conditions, featuring an audience of appreciative birds, are very pleasant. Some volunteers come several times in the season, some come once, all are very welcome.

If you are able to help, email info@mtmconservation.org. We meet in the parking lot of the Nature Centre on the Flos Tiny Townline. On pull days, there will be a sign to the area being worked on.

If you come, here’s what you need: Bug protection, hat, closed footwear, long pants,long-sleeved shirt. Gloves are an option. A small shovel or fork can be helpful, we have a few but bring your own if you have one. Also bring water for yourself.

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World Migratory Bird Day

In 1993 the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center initiated what has now become a worldwide celebration on World Migratory Bird Day to focus public attention on the dire need to protect, maintain, and enhance food sources and habitat for birds.

This year World Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated on May 14 and again in October.

Eleven ambassador species of migratory birds have been chosen including the Baltimore oriole, western tanager, Wilson’s warbler, and burrowing owl.

For Migratory World Bird Day a number of bird focused events have been planned by members of Nature Barrie and others.

James Coey from Nature Barrie has planned the following activities:

Knowledgeable field naturalists will be leading participants on free guided walks at Hewitt Creek, North Kempenfelt Bay, Bear Creek Eco-Park, Sandy Hollow Buffer, Sunnidale Park, and the South Shore.

Register at jcoey@rogers.com

At the Community Gardens Celebration at Lampman Lane Park on May 14 from 1-3 pm, members from Nature Barrie will host a display table with pertinent bird friendly information and a variety of activities, and given the opportunity to win a children’s bird book and decals for bird prevention collisions on windows.

To celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, the Friends of Minesing Wetlands will be hosting an Introduction to Birding Basics event at the Waterfowl Viewing Platform May 14th 1 pm – 3 pm.

The 12′ – high Waterfowl Viewing Window offers a bird’s eye view of the wetland and a myriad of waterfowl.

This year the World Migratory Bird Day, May 14, 2022 will focus on Light Pollution.

The theme will be Dim The Lights For Birds At Night.

Did you know most songbirds migrate at night?

Bright lights at night can easily draw birds off their intended migration flyway.

They frequently fly into buildings and often die agonizing deaths from the impact.

Vibrant lighting can also become an arousing signal to begin migration way too early.

Lights can also lead migrating flocks far off the course of their intended destination.

In Canada, every year an astounding 22.4 million birds die needlessly by collisions with houses!

Another 2.5 million die from collisions with low rise and high rise buildings.

You can take simple steps to prevent bird collisions with your window panes.

* Turn off any lights inside when they are not in use -particularly in empty office buildings

* Close curtains and blinds.

* LEDs and compact fluorescent (CFLs) warm-coloured bulbs will help reduce collisions.

Studies have shown that blue and green lights attract more birds than red, orange and yellow.

* Dimmers, motion sensors, and timers can help to reduce average illumination level.

* Put bird decals on the outside surface of the window glass.

Always place decals about 1 hand’s distance away from each other -1 to 2 bird decals on the window will not deter birds.

* Put a film on the outside of your windows.

Most window films allow light inside while still appearing opaque and reflective to birds.

* Install exterior sun shades.

They will block the reflection of sunlight and create shade over the windows, making it easier for birds to spot the glass.

* Place bird feeders and baths more than 10 metres (30 feet) away from windows.

* Hang wind chimes in front of the window.

Look for wind chimes that contain shiny objects.

Since mid-rise and tall buildings cause the death of 2.5 million birds a year, FLAP – Fatal Light Awareness Program has been working in Canada since 1993 to raise awareness and worked tirelessly to convince governments to pass necessary legislation for new building codes that will reduce bird collisions.

Every little action you take to help decrease the alarming decline of birds will help all of us, as we are all connected.


Native tree and shrub seedlings available at Arbour Day Tree Sale

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) is hosting its 30th annual Arbour Day Tree Sale at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation on May 14, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until sold out.

The trees are bare root stock, and are sold in bundles of 10 for $30 per bundle. This year’s sale features a variety native of trees and shrubs, including: White and red pine, Norway and white spruce, white cedar, European larch, silver maple, nannyberry, American highbush cranberry, sugar maple, red oak, black walnut and sycamore. Quantities are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

“NVCA’s Arbour Day Tree Sale is a 30-year tradition,” said Rick Grillmayer, Manager of Forestry at NVCA. “It all started when we received requests from property owners who didn’t have room to plant acres of trees. But the people who planted trees from our first sale already have a small forest!”

All proceeds from the event support NVCA’s forestry program. This year, the forestry program will see more than 120,000 trees planted across the watershed. These future forests will help to moderate the effects of both drought and flooding, reduce soil erosion, provide habitat for wildlife and mitigate climate change. They are also an important economic resource.

“Every year, we have lineups before the doors open and we usually sell nearly half of our trees in the first hour,” continued Grillmayer. “The popular species are normally sold out in the first wave, so I urge everyone to come early!”

The Tiffin Centre for Conservation is located at 8195 8th Line of Essa, 10 minutes away from Barrie and Angus.

For more information on the Arbour Day Tree Sale, visit nvca.on.ca or call 705-424-1479.

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