Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Online Resources for Winter Twig ID

Woody Plants in Winter online FREE!

Winter Botany available online in PDF for free

Portrait of Earth by Josh Sayers
-          Excellent high resolution pictures
-          Extensive list of species from Southern Ontario

Flora by Max.
Good pictures of common species

Tree ID app for phone or tablet

Winter Twig ID
-          Narrows it down to a few options

-          Has photo profiles of each species including bud shots

Monday, February 2, 2015

Winter Twig Workshop

The FBO is holding a winter twig workshop on February 22nd, at the University of Guelph Arboretum, at the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre.  Brian Lacey will be the instructor.  It will include a "laboratory" component for the morning, where we will learn the characters that help identify trees in non-leafy conditions such as bud scars, bud scales and bark.  In the afternoon we will head out to the arboretum to put these skills into practice.

Please send an email to fbo.trips@gmail.com if you are interested.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

TRCA Sedge Workshop 2014

Toronto and Region Conservation is considering hosting a sedge identification workshop in the summer of 2014. 

This course which has run successfully in the past will run again pending the appropriate interest level.  The 2-day workshop, consisting of in-class and in-field training is designed to introduce participants to a wide cross-section of sedge species found throughout the Greater Toronto Area and the keys to their identification. 

Workshop details, including dates and registration information will be provided at a later date. 

If you or anyone you know would be interested in attending such a workshop please respond back before February 17th to:

Natasha Gonsalves, B.Sc. 
Sedge Workshop Coordinator, Watershed Monitoring and Reporting Section
Toronto and Region Conservation AuthorityE-mail: ngonsalves@trca.on.ca 

(I have attended this workshop and it is a great one for woodland and wetland sedges!)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Early Trip alert for 2014!

The FBO is offering a Winter Woody Plant ID workshop at the University of Guelph Arboretum Taylor Centre in Guelph on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014.  Brian Lacey, who helped to develop a manual of woody plants for the Department of Botany at the University of Guelph, will provide guidance on the characters used to recognize woody plant species without their leaves, including bark, winter buds, leaf scars and growth form.  We will start using a hand lens and field guides with some samples indoors, and follow up with a walk around the Arboretum to apply our knowledge. The trip will end at approximately 4:00.  If you are interested please contact Sarah Mainguy  for details.  Registration will be restricted to approximately 24 people due to space restrictions.  Please note that there will be an additional charge to cover the room rental of $9.00 per person.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Once and Future Great Lakes Country

John Riley’s new book The Once and Future Great Lakes Country is available for pre-order, with a 20% discount.  For those of you that don’t know about it, John has exhaustively researched the earliest accounts and descriptions of Great Lakes landscapes, many from the 1600’s. These very early accounts paint a picture of very open landscapes, rich with nut trees, vines, plums, abundant game etc. These descriptions differ from later accounts from the mid-1700’s and 1800’s. With the aboriginal population crash brought on by disease, the land reverted to much more of a forested condition.

http://www.mqup.ca/once-and-future-great-lakes-country--the-products-9780773541771.php?page_id=73&.  Then “Preorder”,  then “Checkout”, and then “Promo Code” and enter “RILEYJ13.  Some relief from new book pricing.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

29th Annual General Meeting

Field Botanists of Ontario’s
29th Annual General Meeting
Saturday - Sunday
September 14 and 15, 2013

The AGM is a two day event with two field trip options on Saturday and two on Sunday.  When you sign up for a trip, you will receive detailed instructions on where to meet one to two weeks prior to the date.  The evening meal and talk, and this year’s Annual General Meeting (open to executive and members) will be held in Cambridge at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Four trips (two on Saturday and two on Sunday) have been organized for your enjoyment and our leaders will take you to various botanical hotspots of the Cambridge area.

Please note that field trips are open to non-FBO members but there is a surcharge of $5 per person per trip, and after priority has been given to the members. Your cheque will be cashed following the AGM. Refunds will be issued provided cancellations are made at least 7 days prior to the AGM. No-shows will not be refunded.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Looking for BioBlitz Leader

Ontario Nature is having their 82nd AGM on June 8, 2013 and part of the activities for the day are a mini BioBlitz on our Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve (just northwest of Newmarket).
As a Provincial Partner of Ontario Nature’s Nature Network, I was wondering if someone from the Field Botanists of Ontario would be available and willing to co-lead the plants group at our BioBlitz (this will be both a BioBlitz and an educational hike). It will run from 10am – 12pm and then 1pm – 3pm with a BBQ lunch in between. The group will be about 20-30 people which could split up into two separate groups and/or be co-lead by another plant expert.
More information about the event can be found here: www.ontarionature.org/agm
Ontario Nature would be happy to cover your lunch and mileage to and from the event.  Please let me know if anyone would be interested, or if you have any questions. We would love to have you join us.   
Lauren Wright   laurenw@ontarionature.org