Tuesday, April 27, 2010

12 days after burn

The prairie starts greening up very quickly after a prescribed burn.  The most common question I get after a burn in the prairie is "What are those big mounds scattered everywhere?" These are ant colonies that are built by several species of mound building ants. An ant colony can take six years to produce these large mounds and the colony can be active for 12 years or more.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring Burn at Ojibway

A prescribed burn was carried out in the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve on April 15, 2010. 

Dramatic flame height as fire burns through a dense patch of Phragmites

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bird Cam (cont'd)

After many hundreds of photos of squirrels the remote bird cam finally captured this image of a Groundhog in the backyard.  There are a couple of burrows on the property but I hadn't seen any activity so far this spring. What a nice surprise!