Once again the critically of marrying urban biodiversity and urban ecology with human need is given credence. Research by Sheffield University reveals that urban green spaces need to be safe and welcoming places to visit. They should also be designed in such a way so as to be inclusive and encourage people and communities who would not normally use green spaces to connect with the natural environment. Quality and ease of access are also critical. Creating “a sense of safety, and social activities that connect with vulnerable or isolated people can extend the wellbeing effects of green spaces to new people and groups.” The research calls “on policymakers to invest in new and existing green spaces so they meet the diverse needs of urban populations and everyone can access their benefits.” #SafetyFirst #Community #PeopleAndConservation #StrongerTogether #BetterTogether https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/iwun-project-green-spaces-wellbeing-1.837524

A Little Bit of Cypress in the Sun

Dunning, Kruger, and Me

Ironically enough, I titled this post forgetting that I actually did most of the work at night. When the temperature often hits 95 F (35 C) by 10:30 in the morning, one tends to do these things. Sorry for some of the photos in advance.

Today I’m going to walk through some of the work I did on a cypress I’ve had for about 4 years now.

It’s been through its fair share of trauma. When I first got it, I did a trunk chop right above the base. I did it because that’s what people told me I should do. I didn’t know enough to say otherwise. The year after, however, I had gotten enough of seeking advice before every choice I made. I decided to just mess around and see what would happen.

I proceeded to blowtorch the same area I had cut just a year before. I…

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Project 366 – Post No. 054 – Empidonax Flycatcher

The Birds are Calling

What is Project 366? Read more here!

My first flycatcher turned out to be a tricky nut to crack. I spotted it at the top of a dead spruce along the Athabaskan River along the old Ice Fields Parkway in Jasper National Park. Right from the get go I had no idea what I was looking at. I knew that the species was new to me and since I was nit even able to place it in a bird category, e.g. sparrows, finches, black birds, etc, I knew that this was something big. As I had not hope of identifying the bird in the field I focused on getting photographs of it from as many angles as possible. Fortunately it was a sunny day and the bird was perched in full sunlight, so I was able to get some decent pictures of it. Later on after the usual consultations…

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