Environmental Studies students take to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden [FASS News]

Dated 9 OCT 2012; Re-posted from Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences News page.

Written by Nicholas Ward, Photos by T Stanton-Kennedy

FWG volunteer Renate found a way to incorporate learning goals with FWG’s objectives. Over two work sessions, her students helped clear an area by the Butterfly Meadow of invasive species, non-native dying birches and large woody debris. The woody debris will be mostly used for animal shelters – perfect timing given the early cool weather! Native White and Allegheny Birches were planted, adding more biodiversity to FWG’s canopy cover. The soil in this area was a joy to work with as it is very sandy compared to the planting projects in our Ravine – full of that glorious, heavy Ottawa clay! Below is the article as posted on the Carleton University website.

Environmental Studies students take to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden

This fall, students of the class Environmental Studies 2000: Nature and Environment crossed the Rideau Canal to help volunteers at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden with some urban wildlife habitat work.

Instructor of ENST 2000, Renate Sander-Regier, organized this field trip as a way of facilitating an important ‘outside of the classroom’ experience for her students.

“It’s good for students to get out of the classroom and get some hands-on experience related to their studies,” explains Sander-Regier. “I feel it’s particularly important for environmental studies students to get outdoors and help a local group with some environmental work. It can be a rewarding and empowering learning experience, and it’s a nice break from sitting in a classroom.”

Second year ENST student and field trip participant, Marisa Ramey, agrees with Sander-Regier on the importance of application.

“Information becomes more solidified when you have a mixture of reading, lecturing, and then actually applying…The experience was very rewarding and informative.”

Fortunately for Carleton students like Ramey, being a stone’s throw away from the Rideau Canal means that a variety of green spaces to study and work on are entirely accessible. Continue reading

Last Summer Sunday Work Bee Event! Come on Out and Bring your Friends!

by Barry Cottam │ Tuesday Invasive Species Group leader at FWG

2012 weekend weed bee half-day events –> Sundays: 8 & 15 July, 12 Aug, 9 Sep from 8:30AM until 12:30PM

Meet at the Interpretation Centre (Building 138); Find us with Google Maps

The Fletcher Wildlife Garden, our Hidden Gem, has been virtually taken over by Dog-strangling Vine (DSV). If you don’t know what it looks like, then you will see acres of lovely green here at the FWG. But if you can recognize DSV, you will immediately realize how much of a problem it has become. First noticed in 1991, around the time the FWG was started, DSV has spread until it is now out of control. Serious, long-term measures are required to put a dent in the population of this highly invasive plant.

Weed bee volunteers working in terrain the scythes can’t go.

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What are you doing this Saturday? Why not help some pollinators!

Monarch caterpillar amongst the flowers of Common Milkweed

This Saturday, June 16th, from 9AM until 12:30PM marks our first public work bee at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden this season. We invite anyone interested in a little hard work and not afraid of getting dirty to come out and lend a hand. Bring a friend!

After meeting at the Interpretation Centre, we’ll head over to the Butterfly Meadow to plant over 2000 native plants beloved by local pollinators. As part of this work, we’ll be preparing planting sites by turning soil and using our fancy big manual sifters to remove Dog-strangling Vine (DSV) roots. Continue reading