Wednesday, September 12, 2012

On The Rocks Today

Cedar, Snake, Rock!

This little cedar has been doing great the last couple of years, 
even though it is growing in almost no soil.

This little snake was enjoying the sunny warm day, until Roll'n and I disturbed it.
Just a little one soaking up the the warm fall day.

I think someone has been here before.
Looks like advanced exploration has come and cleaned the rock to get a good look at the gold.
I did not see any gold.
I don't know what to look for anyway. Rocks are not my thing, trees are.

This is where I took the pictures see the map

Oxygen Grows On Trees

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Canadian Tree Tours

Only in Toronto -Coming to Timmins?

I think we have had our tour longer, first tree in the tour added in 2008.

We do not have a specific trail, but we do have a fancy map. The Timmins tour is more based on large trees in the Timmins Area.

Visit the Timmins Honour Roll of Trees. click here

Or go straight to the map. click here

Oxygen Grows On Trees

Wasp Nest in the Trees

Built into the branches - Great Architecture! 

Paper wasp or is it a yellow jacket wasp?

They are awesome!

Well, at a distance anyway.

Two weeks ago I stepped right into a nest. The same wasps that build nests in the trees also build nests in the ground.

The other day, while I was walking in the bush I stood for a moment, the sting I was getting on my wrist suggested I should look more carefully. Looking down I realized I was standing on a nest, better then that I had actually ripped it open.

Run... Run Away!!!! Only one sting. Good for me.

As it turns out I followed until I came back to where I started. GPS is great, can take you back to the esact same location. Shit I walked  in to the hive twice???! But I ran faster this time, no sting!

Many different types of wasps University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

Wasps are beneficial, an essential part of our ecosystem read more

Even the birds are afraid of wasps, U of Guelph

Homeowner Guide to Yellowjackets, Bald-Faced Hornets and Paper Wasps read more

Oxygen Grows On Trees

Saturday, September 8, 2012

TD Timmins Tree Plant

TD Timmins Second Annual Tree Plant!

Over 100 Seedlings Planted
White spruce
White pine and 
Red pine

 A great day for tree planting, great for the trees anyway. A little cool and a little rain.
Great for tree planting too. The crew went right to work and soon we were taking off our extra shirts.

This year we planted in South Porcupine.
It is a great crew from the TD that comes out help establish trees in the Timmins Area.
Tree seedlings are planted and then to protect them a little and keep the grass competition down mulch is spread around the base. Mulch is placed around the base, the thickest is at the dip-line of the tree. At the stem of the tree the mulch is minimal. This should keep the grass down for one year, reducing the competition for nutrients. With all the grass it may take a couple of years for them to fully establish.

Tree seedlings are planted on Mattagami Region Conservation Authority (MRCA) Lands as part of the overall plan of the continuous effort to place trees in areas that will benefit from them. These trees will be great habitat when their branches intertwine in 5 or 6 years!

TD 1st annual tree plant entry click here
Timmins Honour Roll of Tree click here
MRCA maps and info click here
Trees from Millson Forestry Service click here

Oxygen Grows On Trees