Author Archives: Mark Whitcombe

The Golden Spike at Crawford Lake: field trip

On Thursday, November 2nd, Mark Whitcombe will lead a field trip to the Crawford Lake Conservation Area, just south of Campbellville (south of the 401 and west of Milton). As of Tuesday October 31st, we have a dozen members coming, with two car-pools set up. (Please note that the date for this trip is still Thursday November 2nd at 10 A.M., not the incorrectly reported date of two days later. See you at Crawford Lake this coming Thursday!) The Field Trip to the Golden Spike: We’ll arrive at Crawford Lake Conservation Area (Halton Region CA) for 10 A.M. next Thursday November 02, 2023.  We are arranging how much each car and driver has to pay, and how much each participant has to pay.  (Headwaters Nature is not paying for this field trip. As individuals, we are covering the costs ourselves. We are getting a cheaper rate through a Group Booking…. Read more »

Preventing the introduction of Invasive Species

Julia Ruhl will be presenting “Preventing the Introduction of Invasive Pests into Canada“. Think Emerald Ash Borer … for which she was the outreach and media spokesperson when the invasive Emerald Ash Borer was introduced into northern Ontario. What else are we aware of? Hemlock Adelgid? Lantern Fly? Lyme Disease and the other associated illnesses? Julia will talk about: the role of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in respect to preventing the introduction of invasive plant pests into Canada rules and regulations of importing plants and plant material into Canada what are invasive pests and their significance to the environment, economy and trade examples of regulated pest introductions what can we do to prevent such potential introductions Julia Ruhl has an Honours B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph. She worked for the federal government for 30 years in a variety of scientific positions including inspection, auditing and… Read more »