When it is damp and cold outside it does not seem possible that spring migration is ocuring all around us. Already, we had our first Turkey Vulture arrive 2 weeks ago and the ponds are filling up with hooded mergansers and bufflehead ducks. Believe it or not, we are avid birders, not just tree huggers, and this time of year finds us scrambling to clean and repair our bluebird nesting boxes. Just in time, our first male bluebird arrived yesterday. To find out about the possibility of having bluebirds in your neighborhood check out the article on bluebirds. Happy birding.
We have been busy laying fresh wood shavings in all the nesting duck boxes at Valens and Christie Lakes conservation areas. It has been a challenging year to get to all the water accessible boxes since the ice has been unpredictable. Hate to go for a polar swim! Regardless of whether we are ready or not, the first pair of hooded mergansers have already arrived. This year, we will be relocating existing boxes to encourage better nesting results.
We are very proud to be sponsors of the upcoming Guelph Pollination Symposium. As lifelong beekeepers, we are keen to learn about the circumstances of decline for all pollinators, especially bumblebees. It will be awesome to be able to participate in the launching of the Ontario Pollinator Health action plan. I feel an article coming on since we will want to share all these recommendations with everyone. Check out our bee and butterfly articles for more information.