Saturday, December 27, 2008
Yesterday I went for a nice long walk with Roll'n. We are in Richard's Landing for the holidays. We got on the snow machine trail and walked for a couple of hours. Made a round trip out of it, the GPS tells me we walked more then 9 km.
A very different forest here then what I see around me in Timmins. Shagbark hickory and Sugar maple are not found in the Timmins area. Other trees I know what they are but there are some that I have to collect the buds to take home to confirm what I am looking at. The forest here is mostly hardwoods, I am rusty at hardwood identification.
One other common thing seen today on my walk was the long clear rubber tubing connecting the Sugar maple. It is these lines that in the spring will carry the sap to a central location to be boiled down to maple syrup.
I have made maple syrup in the past but have used buckets to collect the sap. Don't do the boiling down in the house, it gets sticky everywhere!
Hope everyone is having a great holiday.
Picture is looking south from 16-0726484-5129082 Map It
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I shot this video last week and just finished the creation this evening.
Take a look, leave a comment!
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
I like to think the impression I left them with was that they had to be totally interested in what they choose to do with their future.
If you pick the correct path your job can just be an extension of yourself. Find the best part of your job and do them the most, while making the best of the parts of the job that are not your favorite.
Also very important here in Northern Ontario is to be able to speak french. I can not and I wish I could. The kids are teaching me, but they are better students then teachers!
Classmates, please leave a comment!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
While in class I might ask questions like :
1. What is the provincial trees of Ontario and why is it important?
2. What forest products are made here in Timmins?
3. What is a better construction material, wood or steal?
4. What tree species are found in and around Timmins.
5. What is the biggest tree in Timmins?
6. What is the oldest tree in Ontario?
7. Where can you buy a piece of hollow birch bark?
Questions that might get asked of me so that you sound smart might include:
1. Do you think it is working in the outdoors that keeps you looking so good!?
2. Who cuts your hair?
3. If I make a mark on a tree at 1 meter when I am 10, how high on the tree will the mark be when I am 20?
4. If I get lost in the bush how do I know which way to keep walking, which way is north?
5. Are you afraid of bears, do you get to see any?
6. How do you get seeds for growing trees?
7. How important are trees to the carbon footprint I am creating?
Hope the class is prepared. I will be there with as much 'hands on' stuff as my dog and I can carry.
The white pine, which is the arboreal emblem of Ontario, look good with a dusting of snow.
In the background is McKeown Lake. Today Roll'n and I walked about 5 kilometers in the snow. The snow is not deep enough for snowshoes yet, but sometimes the snow is up to my knees. Roll'n needs to jump sometimes making him look like a running deer.
Black-capped chickadees and a single woodpecker traveling together worked their way past me while they searched for food in the trees.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I am sure this summer a bigger Aspen will be found.
Just a note about Poplar and Aspen. Typically, in this area, Aspen (specifically Trembling Aspen) is called Poplar, while Balsam poplar is also called Poplar (sometimes called black poplar or just Bam).
Timmins Honour Role of Trees
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I am over here on YouTube and there is this connection to my blog. I wonder if others can see this link when looking at the video?
This video is of tree plant last summer. If there is a tree plant next summer there will be another video. I am working on the next video about how a seed is extracted.
I will show the process of how a seed is extracted from a cone, cleaned, tested and stored.
Come spring the video on how to grow a tree seedling will be in the works. Please stay tuned.
Comments and suggestions always welcomed. Is there something you want to see or learn about? Let me know
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
What is going on here?
I have been seeing this in young cedar over the last couple of years. Maybe I just never noticed before , but now I seem to see it a lot. Seemingly healthy young cedar are shedding their bark in strips.
In many cases the bark has been striping around the entire tree. I always thought that if the bark was removed from around the entire tree - it would die. It seems these guys are all doing pretty well.
So what makes this happen?
Will they survive?
I hope someone will be able to help.
I will continue to search for the answer when I find it I will post.
What else did I see today? Just a little snow, but most of the shallow still water if frozen. I Roll'n chase a red squirrel that I was sure was in his mouth at one point. Those little critters are fast!! He loves the chase and sure would like to do more catching.
The Red Squirrels look really healthy. Big bushy tails and lots of fur. Big and bushy I think more then normal. I wonder if this means more cold then normal?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The snow can not absorb the sound of the chickadees that travel past me searching every nook and cranny for food.
I love to see the big trees on the edge of their range. The black ash is an unusual sight here near Timmins, especial as big as this on is.
Soon I will be on snow shoes to get around in the boreal forest.
In mixed wood stands there is always plenty of bird habitat, nest cavities and woodpecker evidence.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This is a big white spruce, but very short. If we were using the points system of big trees it would not a big point winner.
Growing in a very open area, as you can see from the pictures, it has branches almost down to the ground.
Visit the Timmins Honour Roll of Trees. Hope you can find a tree that will beat any of the trees listed so far.
Pictures are super special for one reason. They all have a ray of sunshine. Even the moose poop looks interesting when shinning in the sun.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This is not the biggest cedar I have seen, but it is the biggest I have come across since I started the Timmins Honour Roll of Trees.
This tree in in a clump of 3 very big trees. I think the tree are well over 400 years old.
Check out the Honour roll and find a tree that is bigger and better! let me know.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Hope you can participate.
Timmins Honour Roll of Trees is now online.
Monday, October 20, 2008
There are many different sites on the web that discuss the virtues of using wood for building. Cement and steel are much more damaging to the environment then wood. The cost (environmentally speaking) is much more when using steel and concrete.
Here in Timmins, where forestry is one of the main employment sectors, or use to be, college boreal is putting up a building of steel and concrete.
College Boreal - similar to Boreal Forest - is building within throwing distance of the Domtar mill.
Using wood locks up carbon and looks great. Production of steel and concrete produces a net loss of oxygen.
More info. to follow.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The forest in the area along the highway is a mixture of black spruce and tamerack, with the occasional hump of poplar and birch. The sun made the tamerack look a nice bright yellow. The needles of the tamerack turn colour and drop off each fall.
After our meeting at the Tim Horton Center we went to the Polar Bear Exhibit.
Cochrane is in the north, but it is not that far north that polar bears would be wondering around the town. That is reserved for the black bears.
This was my first visit to the place, it looks like it is growing into a very interesting site. Old cars, snow machines and general store are all on site. Worth a visit I would say.
Monday, October 6, 2008
of the woods. I suspect it is a red squirrel that made this little cache of black spruce cones.
The squirrel will climb up a tree and bite off all the branches that have cones on them. It is a smart way of getting the maximum number of cones to the ground with the least amount of energy.
The clumps of cones are then removed one at a time and put into a neat little pile. Much like a beaver that will store food under water for winter a red squirrel will store cones that will be under the snow to be retrieved later.
Each cone can contain between 15 to 30 tiny seeds.
At the bottom of the trees in the area are many little chopped off branches with the cones removed.
While I was taking the picture of the cone cache another creature let me know they were getting ready for winter. I could hear a flock of Sandhill cranes overhead. They are starting to fly together as they prepare to fly south. Their chevron flight may look like Canada geese when they are far away, but the low croaking sounds give them away.A small creek I walked beside was frozen over with very thin ice.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I have been learning about Yellow birch and have come to understand they regenerate by dropping seeds on old rotten stumps. The tree grows and stumps rots, in some cases the rots suspend the tree off the ground with the many roots looking like legs holding up the tree.
The next time I see a good one I will get a picture of it. Here in Timmins we are at the northern edge of the range of Yellow birch.
This balsam fir tree growing on this rock looks very healthy right now. I think the rock is too big for the little guy to make it possible for the roots to reach the ground.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The orchid I found in the area a month ago has faded away. I have pictures and will post them this weekend.
I also hugged a large Yellow birch, which is at the northern part of it's range.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
It just is not enough, I NEED more.
First MSN and video calls, the ever additive Facebook, Google everthing - maps, documents, calendar, picasa, gmail, and now blogger. Do I really have time for this?
I will find time, it is an important topic.
Join me on my journey as I discover everything about how oxyen grows on trees and how our carbon footprint effects the earth.