Tag Archives: Ecology

What the heck’s happening at Brewer Pond??

The swimming hole on the Rideau at Brewer Park has been closed for several decades, being slowly reclaimed by cattails. Over the years the Environmental Committee of Ottawa South (ECOS) rooted out invasive species and planted native shrubbery around its shore. It also developed a signed interpretive trail. Recently you may have noticed blue fencing around the pond as you cycle south on Bronson past Sunnyside. What’s going on?

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Ecology in the Glebe

Spring is here and there’s no better time to plant a tree! If you’re thinking of planting, check out the Ecology Guide for useful advice on what and where to plant. This month, we also continue with the followup article, Brown’s Inlet Revitalization- Step Two, by Cindy Kirk and Carol MacLeod. Last but not least, Ecology Ottawa’s Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale is taking place on May 24th — be sure to stop by and visit them!

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Ecology in the Glebe

Spring is finally here and there’s no better time to embrace your green side! Read on to find out about local intiatives that help make the Glebe a beautiful and ecologically bountiful place to live, work, and play.

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A white Tree Nymph rests on a tropical Bouganvillea plant.

Exotic Butterflies

Adventure travel to far flung locales has its rewards. Surrounded by pristine tropical rainforest on one side and gurgling azure waters cascading over smooth wet stones on the other, we were hiking up Blue Creek to the Hokeba Ha Cave near Punta Gorda in the Toledo District of Belize, Central America. Somewhere, a butterfly flapped its wings and stopped us in our tracks. Entranced, we watched as one pair after another of brownish wings opened and a storm of butterflies took flight from their resting place on a verdant tropical plant. Suddenly the sky above us was filled with the impressive sight of the neon flash of hundreds of exotic blue morphos.

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Glebe Ash Trees Succumbing to Emerald Ash Borer

PHOTO ESSAY BY ANGELA KELLER-HERZOG

Now that the trees have leafed out, the devastation being wrought by the Emerald Ash Borer is there for all to see. While our foresters have been sounding the alarm bells for several years, seeing the incontrovertible evidence in our front and backyards is still shocking.

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Save Glebe ash trees – act now

BY ANGELA KELLER-HERZOG

SCOURGE OF THE EMERALD ASH BORER

The emerald ash borer arrived in Ottawa in 2008 and has now spread to every part of the city, including the Glebe. The tiny invasive bug, originally from China, is devastating Ottawa’s tree canopy, which, according to city foresters, is fully one quarter ash. Without treatment to control the ash borer, virtually every ash tree in the city will die, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of trees in the next few years. The city’s foresters are advising that this summer is pretty well the last opportunity to save ash trees – and indeed, the Glebe has already begun to lose ash trees and many more show signs of damage.

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