Conservation Committee News March 2024

Barn Swallow perched on the branch of a tree

Avian Influenza There have been no reports of large die offs of Canada Geese since the 200+ carcasses found in the Lake Ontario Park – Elevator Bay area at the beginning of February. However, sporadic dead birds have been reported throughout the Kingston region, and are continuing to be reported, so the future is still … Read more

Avian Influenza Update, February 21, 2024

Flock of Amercian Crows in a tree on a cloudy day by Hilbert on iNaturalist

I’m pleased to say there was good news in the reports I received this week, as the number of  dead geese reported had greatly reduced. However, there were more reports of dead crows, and indications that Avian Influenza might be spreading to wildlife. The Public Works Department had reports of six dead geese last week, … Read more

AVIAN INFLUENZA — Kingston Field Naturalists Survey February 10/11 2024

Photo by Charles Jackson on Unsplash

Members of the KFN and other observers were asked to send in information about carcasses they saw over the February 10/11 weekend, to try and ascertain how widespread Avian Flu was in the Kingston region. – They were asked not to approach carcasses closely: the survey was only interested the prevalence or absence of carcasses, … Read more

Part 2: Trees and Shrubs as Natural Food

by Sharon David Introduction In this article I will discuss the trees and shrubs that you can plant in your yard to enhance it’s wildlifeness and which will provide a natural food source for wildlife during the fall and winter months. Many people view trees and shrubs as privacy barriers and shade sources, and often … Read more