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Tree Planting

Last month, my ecology class went to the nature reserve on our campus to plant trees and collect data on past tree planting excursions done by past groups in this course. In the photo set above: The Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) my partner and I planted in the University of Waterloo’s Nature Reserve. In total, my…

I got the job!

I am so excited to announce that I have accepted a job offer with the Toronto District School Board and will start as an Outdoor Education Intern in September! I am surprised yet thoroughly thrilled to have received an offer from the Toronto District School Board for employment this fall term. It was my goal to…

Fern Identification in Stamm Woodlot

This week I went on a trip to the Stamm Woodlot where I had the opportunity to meet with a Waterloo Region Nature representative. The representative knows a lot about ferns and gave my class a guided tour of the woodlot. I came across twelve different species and learned a lot about identifying ferns.  

Shrub Identification Practice

Last week’s focus in my Plants of Ontario course was shrubs! We reviewed terminology specific to shrubs and on a rainy day we went into the lab to learn how to use the Shrubs of Ontario book. All of the plant samples used in this specific lab were hand-picked by one of the instructors earlier in…

The Garlic Mustard Pull

Spring is the season for new growth, and unfortunately, that includes the growth and spread of invasive species. An invasive species is defined as a plant, fungus or animal species that causes ecological harm in an environment where it is not native. One issue with invasive species is that many people are not aware of…

Plant ID

Below are some additional plant identifications I did this week using the Newcomb’s Flower Guide and the Shrubs of Ontario guide books. All of these identifications were done in the Ecology Lab and had been pre-picked, meaning I was unable to see the whole specimen.                    …

Schneiders Lot

This past Thursday was my second field trip with my Plants of Ontario course to identify plants. We drove 30 minutes north of campus to Schneiders Lot and took a hike, stopping to view and identify various wildflowers, trees, and shrubs. After much deliberation, my classmate and I decided that we belive that this plant…

On-Campus Wildflower Identification

Life goes by so fast and earlier this week I found myself back in the classroom for the Spring 2017 term. Specifically, this blog post will focus on my second lab experience of the semester: identifying plants in a woodlot on campus. For today’s lab session, we started by reviewing how to use the Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide…

What’s your Earth Day Resolution?

Many people use January 1st as the day to make and stick to new goals. In my opinion, the best day to commit to bettering yourself or making changes is today. There is no time like the present so why wait for Monday, next month or January first when today is the best day to make…