Category Archives: Invasive Species and Threats

Biting Back Garlic Mustard

Throughout Ontario, an innocuous looking weed has taken hold. It has spread through the countryside, into gardens, and into conservation areas like Altona Forest. It will grow in shade or sun and has the ability to alter the soil’s biology. … Continue reading

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Altona’s Wetlands: Following the Water

When you think of wetlands, do you think of marshes and ponds? Wetlands are so much more – there are forest wetlands, bogs, wet meadows, fen – lands with readily available surface water. Canada holds 25% of the world’s wetlands. … Continue reading

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In the Wake of the Emerald Ash Borer

Knowing and expecting doesn’t adequately prepare you for the reality of loss. Yesterday I lost some of the beautiful trees who were my backyard friends and sentinels. Pickering’s Altona Forest is like all green-space in this region affected by the … Continue reading

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Will Dog-Strangling Vine Meet Its Nemesis?

What is dog-strangling vine? I don’t think I knew what it was about 6 years ago when I moved to my current home. Its twining choke-hold was already there; along the fence between my neighbour and I, sprouting up in … Continue reading

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Transparent Killer: Birds and Windows

I had cleaned my living room window the day before and I was having a coffee looking through it at the forest when I saw an elegant bird on my fence. It was looking right at me. Suddenly the bird … Continue reading

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Pet Patrol

You’ve seen the signs… Responsible Pet Ownership. What does it mean if you use Altona Forest’s protected woods and trails? Are you protected from uncontrolled animals? Did you know that there are fines for not being a responsible pet owner? … Continue reading

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