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Farewell Field Season!

Fen at H.N. Crossley Nature Reserve, CREDIT: Smera Sukumar

Fen at H.N. Crossley Nature Reserve, CREDIT: Smera Sukumar

The perk of being in conservation is the amount of time I spend outdoors. I had the pleasure of visiting 15 of Ontario Nature’s 25 nature reserves this summer. These pockets of wilderness across Ontario are special habitats that we manage and protect. Conservation staff hosted 12 events on our nature reserves, reaching over 300 people!

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Whatever you do, don’t call vernal pools puddles!

credit: vernal pool/Brad Carlson CC BY-NC 2.0

credit: vernal pool/Brad Carlson CC BY-NC 2.0

What better day to celebrate vernal pools than March 21st – the International Day of Forests. Vernal pools are those temporary spring flooded areas in your forests. They are known by many names – ephemeral pools, intermittent wetlands, spring wetlands – but whatever you do, don’t call them a puddle!

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