TTLT has been invited to host a booth at this years Seedy Saturday at Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre on March 2nd! We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers eager to engage with the public. At this event you will have the chance to chat with the Seedy Saturday attendees about TTLT, native seeds, nature protection, and how they can get involved in conserving natural spaces in their local communities. Native plant knowledge is an asset but is not required.
Volunteers will be provided with general information and instructions ahead of the event.
Interested in volunteering? Please signup for a booth shift here!
With Luke King at Westminster Ponds Centre
Put on your detective hats! After digesting its meal, an owl coughs up dry pellets* of compacted fur, feathers, and bone fragments. Learn how to dissect an owl pellet to solve the mystery of what the owl has been eating. Find out how researchers use these pellets to collect important information about owls and their prey. Plus, learn about other aspects of an owl's life story. All ages are welcome.
*Pellets have been heat treated to remove insects and potentially harmful bacteria.
Volunteers, get your crafting on! We need extra hands to help facilitate a fun crafting afternoon. TTLT has been invited to run a spring themed arts activity with the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SLNRC) during March break for approximately 40 participants.
We are looking for energetic volunteers to assist and engage children and their families in the activity, help set up, clean-up and share the joys of nature through craft. We will provide details on the craft before the event.
If you are interested in volunteering, please signup here!
Help us restore Blain Farm!
On March 19th TTLT will be trialing a new (to us) method of restoration: Live Staking! We invite volunteers to join us on this adventure to enhance the constructed wetlands at Blain Farm.
What is Live Staking?
Live Staking is a bioengineering technique intended to increase woody vegetation along the edges of wetlands, creeks, and rivers. This is done by taking cuttings of specific tree and shrub species, like Dogwood, in late winter and inserting the "live stakes" into the soil. With proper species selection and adequate moisture, these live stakes will take root and mature into beautiful trees and shrubs.
Why choose Live Staking?
Live Staking is simple and inexpensive with moderate to high success rates. Often live stakes can be collected from the surrounding area, minimizing or eliminating the need to purchase materials. While rooted plants often establish quicker than live stakes, the effects of animal browsing and plant mortality are less impactful due to lower initial costs. Additionally, woody plants rooted from cuttings tend to mature and produce seeds earlier than individuals started from seed.
What to expect:
The event will consist of some live stake collection with the majority of time spent on installation. Live stake installation will be concentrated around the constructed wetlands in the farm field. TTLT staff will provide training on species selection, identification, collection processes, and installation techniques.
Volunteers will be working along the sloped banks of the constructed wetlands. Supportive footwear is required for safety.
What to bring:
- Please wear appropriate footwear, long sleeves, and pants. Waterproof footwear is strongly recommended.
- Dress for the weather and plan for mud.
- Bring your lunch and plenty of water.
- TTLT will provide equipment and work gloves.
What you need to know about this event:
- This event occurs off trail on uneven terrain near shallow water and will involve bending. Please notify us of any required accommodations.
- Parking: Parking options are being explored. Plan for parking along Beattie Line (gravel road with steep ditches) until otherwise notified.
- There are no washroom facilities at Blain Farm, so please plan accordingly.
The closest public washrooms are: Glencoe Tim Hortons or the West Lorne and Dutton OnRoute along Highway 401.
- Please stay home if feeling unwell.
Please note: this event is weather dependent. In the case of any changes or cancellation, we will send out an email to everyone who is registered the day before the event.
Photo (left): Constructed wetland at Blain Farm, by Daria Koscinski
Photo (right): Mixed twigs - Dogwood, Sumac, Cedar & White Pine, by Payton Landsborough