DeCew Falls is a scenic and ecologically incredible place, but it also demands preparation and proper packing to avoid mishaps on rugged terrain. (Owen Bjogan)
What I am about to share with you are true stories I have experienced in Niagara’s woods, and which probably didn’t need to happen.
These are stories of individuals who found themselves in … [Read more...] about How not to prepare for a hike
As Owen Bjorgan hikes the escarpment, he enjoys taking some headphones and listening to music that suits the mood of the environment. (Owen Bjorgan)
We can acknowledge that food and wine are a textbook pairing, the features of each enhancing the the other. Sounds like a healthy relationship to me.
Recently I tapped into the pairing of nature and … [Read more...] about Pairing nature, music intensifies outdoor experience
Owen Bjorgan provided this up-to-date satellite image of the municipality of NOTL, courtesy of Google Earth. "Considering only the darkest green blotches are forest coverage, we can recognize that there is potential for re-greening in our town," said Bjorgan.
The ideas I am about to present to you are simply that — ideas.
When we look at … [Read more...] about We need to work at improving creek report cards
Owen Bjorgan demonstrates how to hold a snapping turtle to help it cross the road safely (Photo supplied)
There are so many patterns in nature that are marvelously predictable. In a chronological order of events, the first half of June is snapping turtle sighting season.
When you see Ontario’s largest freshwater turtle crossing the road like an … [Read more...] about Oh, snap — it’s the season for turtles crossing the road
Owen Bjorgan’s work at Heartland Forest in Niagara Falls reminds him of the importance of engaging youth about the natural world. As he showed them a harmless garter snake, a question from the kids inspired him to write the article for this week, he said. (Photo supplied)
At work the other day, a couple of the school kids started calling me … [Read more...] about Development can be more sensitive to environment
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