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Envirominute Podcast 2011 Archive

Listen our short, one to two minute Envirominute podcasts.  We post a new one every week.  To listen to past podcasts, just click on one of the archive links on the right.

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December 28, 2011 - Nouns of Assemblage

When was the last time you saw an murder of crows? According to most lists of collective nouns - a murder is how you describe a group of crows.  Some of these terms seem quite strange to us today, such as a siege of herons, a business of ferrets or an exaltation of larks.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


December 21, 2011 - Memorial Trees

Help support existing forests in our region and contribute to the creation of new forested areas by making a donation to commemorate a special event or celebrate the life of a friend or loved one. Find out more in this week's podcast.


December 14, 2011 - Adopt An Acre

Adopt An Acre of Quinte Conservation Land and help preserve and protect natural heritage lands in your watersheds. You can adopt an acre for yourself, in memory of a loved one or as a gift. You will receive a certificate and a tax receipt. Find out more in this week's podcast.


December 7, 2011 - Green Holiday Tips

Quinte Conservation has seven great tips to make your holiday celebrations easier on the environment this year. You can hear them all on this week's podcast.



November 30, 2011 - Feeding Wild Birds

Some people think that birds will die if they neglect their bird feeder. Studies have shown, however, that birds spend only 20 per cent of their time at feeders. The rest of the time they find food as their ancestors have done for centuries. Find out more in this week's podcast.


November 23, 2011 - Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network

The Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network is designed to collect water quality information from rivers and streams at strategic locations throughout Ontario on a monthly basis. Quinte Conservation has been participating in this program for more than 45 years.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


November 16, 2011 - Benthic Monitoring

We use bugs and organisms found on the bottoms of creeks and streams to see how healthy our watershed is.  Find out more about how and why we do it in this week's podcast.



November 9, 2011 - Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network

Quinte Conservation is a part of the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network, or PGMN. The PGMN is a network of almost 400 wells across 38 watersheds in Ontario that record data on groundwater quality and quantity. Find out more in this week's podcast.


November 2, 2011 - Watershed Management Programs

Quinte Conservation is working in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and other environmental agencies to implement a series of Watershed Management Programs.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


October 26, 2011 - Feeding Wild Birds

Thinking about putting up a bird feeder this winter? Now is a good time to get under way. Many birds are now searching for areas that will sustain them through the long winter months. Find out more in this week's podcast.



October 19, 2011 - Stream of Dreams

Stream of Dreams is a copyrighted and licensed program established in 2000 focused on environmental and watershed awareness and community art. Quinte Conservation is licensed to offer this program and is delivering a limited number of programs each year in the spring and fall.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


October 12, 2011 - Osprey

Ospreys like to build their nests in tall, isolated trees that are close to shallow bodies of water.   Many of these natural nesting sites have been destroyed.   Thanks to concerned people working together to build and install
special nesting platforms, these large brown and white fish hawks are now a familiar sight along many waterways.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


October 6, 2011 - Fall Dam Operations

Fall dam operations in the Moira River watershed usually begin immediately after Thanksgiving. Stop logs are removed at the Skootamatta Lake Dam, Downey's Rapids weir below Moira Lake and at Caton's weir below Stoco Lake. Water levels in Deerock and Lingham Lakes are lowered in November.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



September 28, 2011- Fall Dam Operations

Fall dam operations in the Napanee Region watershed usually begin right after Thanksgiving. Stop logs are removed at the Upper Arden Dam, Laraby Rapids Dam, Varty Lake Dam, James Lazier Dam, and Bellrock Dam.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


September 21, 2011 - Watershed Watch Program

The Watershed Watch Program is an initiative of Quinte Conservation that encourages volunteers to help collect valuable weather information. Volunteers throughout our watershed collect rain data and submit their findings to Quinte Conservation. Find out how you can become involved in this week's podcast.


September 14, 2011 - Yellow Fish Road

Yellow Fish Road is a nation-wide environmental education program designed and managed by Trout Unlimited Canada. The Yellow Fish Road program's goal is to help Canadians understand that storm drains are the doorways to our rivers, lakes and streams.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


September 7, 2011 - Natural School Grounds

Rediscovering the Natural School Ground is becoming more important as studies are showing today's children are spending less time in a natural outdoor setting. Our schools and teachers have a unique opportunity to help children rediscover the natural world in their very own school grounds.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


August 31, 2011 - Groundwater

Nearly three million people in Ontario use and depend on groundwater every day. Protecting our groundwater is vital to our health, because this is the water that we drink.  Groundwater can't be seen and it can be hard to understand exactly how water moves through the ground and can become contaminated.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


August 24, 2011 - Photo Galleries

We have over 17-hundred photos in our online galleries. You can check out photos of the campsites at Depot Lakes before you book yours, or find out what types of plants and wildlife you might see at one of our Conservation Areas.  Find out more about our galleries in this week's podcast.


August 17, 2011 - Green Back to School Tips

It's the time of year when kids and parents are getting ready for the new school year. There are many things that need to be taken care of such as buying supplies and even new clothing for the new school year. This year, why not incorporate green living into your going back to school routine?  Find out some tips in this week's podcast.


August 10, 2011 - Support Conservation Programs

There are many ways you can help support local conservation programs. We Quinte Conservation has over 20 magnificent conservation properties open to the public. People of all ages have enjoyed these valuable green spaces.  Find out how you can help in this week's podcast.




August 3, 2011 - Green Energy Project

As part of our Go-Green initiative, Quinte Conservation decided it is important to conserve energy that is used by our organization. We also realized that we could go a step further and produce energy that is currently being "wasted" at our dams. We studied our dams and found that the McLeod Dam in Belleville could be modified to generate clean, green energy.  Find out more about the project in this week's podcast.


July 28, 2011 - Visit a Conservation Area

Visiting a Conservation Area is an inexpensive, fun outing for the whole family. Quinte Conservation has over 20 areas that are open to the public. Most are close by, so there is no need to drive very far.  Find out more in this week's podcast.




July 21, 2011 - Water Conservation

The average Canadian household uses over 5-hundred-thousand litres of water per year, with at least 50% being unnecessary and wasteful. The average person in Ontario uses 285 litres of water a day.  Find out how you can conserve water in this week's podcast.




July 14, 2011 - Visit a Picnic Area

Summer is great time to get outdoors with your family. People of all ages can enjoy a picnic. We have picnic shelters at six of our Conservation Areas and open picnic areas with tables at two more.  Find out all about where you can have a great picnic in this week's podcast.


July 7, 2011 - Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens

Butterflies and Hummingbirds are beautiful additions to the garden. Find out how to attract them to your garden in this week's podcast.


June 29, 2011 - Gardening with Native Plants

Summer is a favourite time of year for gardeners. Native plants can be a great addition to any garden. Native plants are better able to survive and thrive in the temperature and moisture conditions of this region than exotic species.  Find out more about gardening with native plants in this week's podcast.




June 23, 2011 - Camping at Depot Lakes

Are you looking for the ultimate camping experience this summer? Try the interior camping sites at our Depot Lakes Campground. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Shield northwest of Napanee, this three-thousand acre site has four lakes. Find out more about Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground in this week's podcast.


June 16, 2011 - Water Gardens

A water garden will enhance the aesthetics of your property and increase the diversity of wildlife that visit your garden. Water provides wildlife with a place to drink, bath, and in some cases, breed. Find out more about water gardens in this week's podcast.


June 9, 2011 - Keep Your Waterfront Property a Natural Paradise

Clean water, healthy, natural waterways and protected water sources benefit us all in so many ways: our health, our economy and our society.  There are some simple ways you can help keep your waterfront property a natural paradise.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


June 2, 2011 - Naturalize Your Shoreline

The shoreline, where land, water, and air meet, is a vital link providing plants and wildlife the resources they need for life.  You can easily and inexpensively restore your shoreline to a natural state. Find out more in this week's podcast.


May 26, 2011 - Create Wildlife Habitat in your Backyard

Would you like to increase your wildlife viewing opportunities?  Why not create habitat in your own backyard?  While backyard habitats cannot take the place of large wilderness areas, they can encourage the diversity of wildlife populations, particularly in urban areas.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


May 19, 2011 - Local Insects

There are almost 88-thousand species of insects live north of the United States/Mexico border. We have our own fair share in the Quinte region. Did you know that over 40 species of crickets live here and over 100 species of long-horned beetles?  Find out more about insects in this week's podcast.


May 12, 2011 - Conservation Camp

We've been giving children fantastic summer memories for over ten years through our Conservation Camp program. Children 7 to 13 can join in summer fun, exploring and discovering the wonders of the great outdoors in the beautiful outdoor setting of our very own conservation areas. Find out all about it in this week's podcast.


May 5, 2011 - Warblers

Some call them the "butterflies of the bird world", but most of them call them warblers. May is the perfect time to find them. They are everywhere now in forested areas throughout the Quinte region.  Find out more about these fascinating birds in this week's podcast.


April 28, 2011 - Planting Trees

Will you be planting trees this spring? Keep in mind that trees require water, nutrients, sunlight and adequate room to grow. Find out how to care for newly planted seedlings in this week's podcast.



April 21, 2011 - Earth Day

Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.  At Quinte Conservation we work to make sure that every day is Earth Day.  We have made it a top priority to develop "Green Initiatives", by applying simple policies with regards to paper usage, recycling, and energy consumption.   Find out how we lead by example in this week's podcast.


April 14, 2011 - Planting Trees

Spring is the time of year many people want to plant trees. Trees add beauty to your yard and provide environmental benefits to your property and your community. Tree planting is not difficult. Find out how to plant a tree in this week's podcast.


April 7, 2011 - Orphaned Wildlife

At this time of year people often encounter wildlife. Most often they see young birds or animals that they think might be abandoned. With the best of intentions, children and adults alike may take in young animals to save them and give them a home.  Find out how best to deal with injured or orphaned wildlife in this week's podcast.




March 31, 2011 - Trees

Trees are the largest living plants and the oldest living things on earth. They are an important part of our natural environment and contribute to the health of our planet.  Find out more about trees and their benefits on this week's podcast.

March 24, 2011 - Ribbon of Life

Have you heard of the Ribbon of Life?  This is where land and water meet and where 90 per cent of all lake life is born, raised and fed.  The shallow water and the first 10 to 15 metres of shoreland forms a ribbon of life around lakes and rivers that is essential to the survival of many species.  Find out more about the ribbon of life in this week's podcast.


March 17, 2011 - March Break Water Safety

Make sure your children play safely this March break – well away from local waterways.  Children and those caring for them must take care near streams, lakes and rivers especially now that the days are longer and warmer and children are spending more time outside.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


March 10, 2011 - Build a Bluebird Box

This spring bluebirds will be scouting the area for suitable nesting sites, and now would be a good time to consider putting up your bluebird houses.  Find out more about these birds in this week's podcast.



March 3, 2011 - Working near water?

It’s almost spring – the time of year that many homeowners start to think about improving and developing their property.  Before you begin work near any hazardous lands, contact Quinte Conservation.  You may need permits from the Conservation Authority and other government agencies including your local municipality.  Find out more in this week's podcast.




February 24, 2011 - Considering buying or building on the floodplain?

Conservation Authorities have information on where not to build because of high water, unstable slopes or erosion problems. Special regulations exist to ensure the protection of your property and the safety of the people living there. Find out more in this week's podcast.


February  17, 2011 - What is a Watershed?

All Conservation Authorities, including Quinte Conservation are organized on a watershed basis. Watersheds support our lives, and our lives affect our watersheds. But what exactly is a watershed? Find out in this week's podcast.




February 10, 2011 - Flood Forecasting

Quinte Conservation staff monitor watershed conditions carefully all year. We are on duty, ready to alert municipal flood coordinators, the media, the public, police and other agencies of potential danger to lives or property. Find out more in this week's podcast.


February 3, 2011 - Snow Sampling

As part of our flood forecasting system, staff need to be able to estimate how much melt waters will contribute to rivers and lakes during the spring freshet or mid-winter thaws. During winter, every two weeks Quinte Conservation staff sample snow conditions at 14 locations in the watershed area.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


January 27, 2011 - Insects in Winter

Few of us think much about insects during the winter months.  But they are around, although it may take a bit of searching to find them.  Take a peek beneath our frozen ponds and streams to find out what insects are doing through the winter months in this week's podcast.


January 20, 2011 - Animals in Winter

Most of us who enjoy the outdoors during winter are aware that animals abound, despite a popular belief that everything either hibernates or migrates.  Many animals remain active through the winter such as skunks, fish and most rodents.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



January 13, 2011 - How Ducks Stay Warm

Ducks are a common sight in winter – but the thought of dipping my toes into the freezing waters of the Bay of Quinte gives me chills.  Immune to the frigid temperatures, these ducks couldn’t be warmer.  What’s their secret?  Find out in this week's podcast.


January 6, 2011 - Go Green in 2011

It’s the time of year when many people make New Year’s resolutions – such as exercising more or eating less.  Why not make going green one of your goals for 2011?  Listen to some easy tips in this week's podca

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