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Kathy Nihei profile

Kathy Nihei profile

By Moira Farr Not everyone would maintain composure when interrupted by a Canada goose during an interview, but Kathy Nihei, director and founder of the Wild Bird Care Centre in Nepean, merely furrows her brow, turns to the honker waddling down the corridor and says, “You’re loud.” Whatever ailment brought the bird to the centre […]

Rural Nature: Fly away home

Rural Nature: Fly away home

Once in steep decline, Ontario’s eastern bluebird is well on the road to recovery thanks to the tireless efforts of dedicated volunteers, researchers and a lot of nest boxes by Moira Farr This will be a special year for Jim Sauer, treasurer of the Ottawa Duck Club and a man devoted to the conservation of […]

Animal parade

Animal parade

Some photographers bait wildlife to get that perfect shot. Is that right? by Moira Farr Last winter, an influx of northern owl species to the Ottawa area brought droves of bird watchers and photographers from all over the province and even the United States, hoping to get glimpses, and photos, of the impressive creatures. To […]

The butterfly effect

The butterfly effect

Gardening for these jewel-like pollinators is about more than just flowers by  Moira Farr When I bought a home in Cobourg (a little more than an hour’s drive east of Toronto, on Lake Ontario) two years ago, I inherited a garden that had been lovingly tended by a gifted gardener. As a novice, I have […]

The Mussel Crisis

The Mussel Crisis

Shockingly, more than half of North America’s freshwater mussels are in danger of going extinct. With the clock ticking, a small band of committed researchers is determined to save a group of molluscs that is critical to the health of our aquatic ecosystems by Moira Farr Spread across biologist Todd Morris’s palm is a cluster […]