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Envirominute Podcast 2012 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 27, 2012 - Snow Sampling

Snow melt is a large contributor to flooding. 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. A metre of heavy or packed snow will produce much more runoff than light snow. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

December 20, 2012 - Caring for your well

Half the people in the Quinte Region get their water from a private well. Private wells must be properly maintained to ensure a safe water supply. If your water source is a private well listen to this week's podcast for some simple things you can do to keep your well water safe.

 

December 13, 2012 - Adopt An Acre

Adopt An Acre of Quinte Conservation Land and help preserve and protect natural heritage lands in your watersheds.
We are pleased to offer over 20 magnificent conservation properties open to the public. People of all ages have taken in the tranquil ambiance and witnessed the magical change of seasons every spring, summer fall and winter. Find out how you can help improve these areas in this week's podcast.

 

December 6, 2012 - Chipmunk

Our species of the month is the chipmunk. These small rodents are reddish brown with contrasting dark and light stripes on their back. They transport food in pouches in their cheeks. Each pouch can carry up to 33 dried kernels of corn. Find out more this week's podcast.

 

November 29, 2012 - Wells

Old, unused or improperly maintained wells can be a hazard to our health and safety. They can be a direct path for contaminants on the land to reach our source of drinking water. Besides the risk to our drinking water supply and groundwater, unused wells also pose a physical hazard to people and animals. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

November 22, 2012 - Feeding Winter 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 15, 2012 - HR Frink Centre

A highlight of the Frink Centre is the 500-metre Wetland Ecology Boardwalk that crosses a Provincially Significant Wetland. Many of the trails begin right at the main parking lot, radiating out into several different locations where hikers can explore a variety of habitats. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

November 8, 2012 - Tree Seedling Orders

Reforestation provides wildlife habitat, prevents erosion, conserves energy, improves air quality, and reduces the threat of flooding. There are lots of great reasons to plant trees! Find out about our tree seedling program in this week's podcast.

 

November 1, 2012 - Great Blue Heron

Our species of the month is the great blue heron. These grayish-blue long-legged birds can be between 1-1.5 meters tall with a wingspan of up to two meters - which makes them easy to spot in flight. They are the most common and largest of the North American herons. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

October 25, 2012 - Stream of Dreams

Have you ever wondered what those fish on the fence are all about? Find out about our Stream of Dreams program in this week's podcast.

 

October 18, 2012 - Portland Conservation Area

Portland Conservation Area is located on the east side of Highway 38 just 2 kilometers south of Verona. It offers almost 23 hectares for picnics and relaxation. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

 

October 11, 2012 - Groundwater

Nearly three million people in Ontario use and depend on groundwater every day. Groundwater supplies us with drinking water and water for agricultural and industrial uses. Find out more about groundwater in this week's podcast.

 

October 4, 2012 - Little Brown Bat

These bats live mostly near forests of clumps of trees where they will hunt for insects at night. During the day they roost in caves, leaves of trees, attics or in barns and abandoned buildings. They feed on moths which they catch in mid-flight.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

September 27, 2012 - Fall Dam Draw Downs

Quinte Conservation owns and operates 36 dams and water control structures. Fall is the time of year when Conservation Authority staff think about next year's runoff. Water levels in lakes and rivers are lowered each fall to provide additional storage space for spring melt waters. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

September 20, 2012 - Septic Systems

If you live in a rural area or if you have a cottage, you probably depend on a septic system for treating your wastewater and sewage. Not everyone who has a septic system knows about it or how it works. Because it's buried under ground, it tends to be out of sight and out of mind. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

September 13, 2012 - O'Hara Mill Conservation Area and Pioneer Homestead

O'Hara Mill Conservation Area and Pioneer Homestead is located northwest of Madoc at 638 Mill Road. It is a place where nature meets history.  The village complex contains eight historic buildings, five of them original structures and is operated by a volunteer group, Friends of O'Hara Mill.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

September 6, 2012 - Praying Mantis

Our species of the month is the praying mantis. They will sit motionless for hours, waiting for their prey, which is other, smaller insects. They will eat flies, aphids, moths, butterflies, crickets and any other insect that is small enough for them to devour. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

August 30, 2012 - Shorelines

Natural shoreline vegetation plays an important role in preventing soil erosion, protecting fish habitat and improving water quality. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

August 23, 2012 - Picnic sites

Now is a great time to get out into nature and enjoy a picnic.  We have shelters at six of our Conservation Areas and picnic tables at many more.  Listen to this week's podcast to find out more.

 

August 16, 2012 - Water Conservation

Half of our water use is unnecessary and wasteful. Causes are leaky faucets, faulty plumbing, and over-use of water for watering the lawn and washing the car.  Find out more about water conservation in this week's podcast.

 

August 9, 2012 - Little Bluff Conservation Area

Steeped in history and rich in natural features, this Conservation Area, located atop a 20 meter high limestone bluff, commands a panoramic view of Prince Edward Bay and the rugged shoreline. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

August 2, 2012 - Milkweed

Our species of the month is the milkweed. There are over 100 species of milkweed found in North America and they have a wide variety of foliage and flower colour. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

July 26, 2012 - Wetlands

There are five basic types of wetlands found in the greater Quinte area. If you are lucky enough to have wetlands on your property, they might contain a combination of swamps, marshes, fens, bogs or shallow, open water. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

July 19, 2012 - Sheffield Conservation Area

Sheffield Conservation Area is located 11 kilometers south of Kaladar off Highway 41 and features a boat launch and picnic tables. This area provides a four kilometer looped trail that offers some challenging terrain for the avid hiker.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

July 12, 2012 - How you can protect drinking water

We need clean, abundant supplies of water, now and for our future. Protecting water quality and quantity starts with protecting water sources - and we can all have a role.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

July 5, 2012 - Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Our species of the month is the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. These hummingbirds are a desirable addition to any garden and are easy to attract. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

June 28, 2012 - Watersheds and Drinking Water

Activities upstream in a watershed affect the quality and quantity of water downstream. That's why it's so important to keep our water as clean and plentiful as possible. Further downstream that water could become someone's drinking water.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

June 21, 2012 - Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area

There is plenty to see here from the famed Birdhouse City with over 100 miniature reproductions of local buildings to Whattam's Memorial Walkway.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

June 14, 2012 - Memorial Trees

Help support existing forests in our region and contribute to the creation of new forested areas by making a $100.00 donation to commemorate a special event or celebrate the life of a friend or loved one. Whatever the occasion, this is a very special way to honour an employee, friend or relative.  Find out more about our Memorial Trees program in this week's podcast.

 

June 7, 2012 - Lady's Slipper

Our species of the month is the Pink Lady Slipper. This showy pink and white flower can be found in pine forests, where it can be seen in large colonies, but it can also be found in deciduous woods.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

May 31, 2012 - What will source protection planning mean for you?

It will mean that policies are in place to protect a vital community resource - our drinking water. It will mean that public health will be protected and people will be able to depend on safe, clean and abundant drinking water from their taps. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

May 24, 2012 - Hunting and trapping on Conservation Land

Quinte Conservation makes certain remote forested properties available to hunters and trappers. Now is the time to contact Quinte Conservation to see if any parcels will be available. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

May 17, 2012 - Massassauga Point Conservation Area

Massassauga Point Conservation Area is located in Prince Edward County on Massassauga Road. This 24 hectare property contains a globally rare Bur Oak Savannah. There is a project underway to rehabilitate this area and return some of the unique and very important Alvar and prairie species such as Early Buttercup and Prairie Smoke. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

May 10, 2012 - Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground

Are you looking for the ultimate camping experience this summer? Try the interior camping sites at our Depot Lakes Campground. There are 20 interior sites and most are located within easy paddling distance of the main entrance.  Find out more about in this week's podcast.

 

May 3, 2012 - Western Chorus Frog

Our Species of the Month is the Chorus Frog, also known as the spring calling frog. They are small and delicate, only growing to a length between 2 to 4 centimeters. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

 

April 26, 2012 - Sidney Conservation Area

Once used by the Federal Department of Agriculture for experimental purposes, most of this area is now under natural vegetation, accented by a stately red pin plantation just inside the entrance.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

April 19, 2012 - Make every day Earth Day

The first international Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1990 in over 140 countries. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.  Find out what Quinte Conservation is doing in this week's podcast.

 

April 12, 2012 - The proposed source protection plan

Half the people in the Quinte Region get their drinking water from a municipal water supply. A draft plan has been prepared that says how these water sources should be protected from contamination and overuse.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

April 5, 2012 - Red Backed Salamander

Our species of the month is the Red Backed Salamader. They are easy to spot because of the distinctive red stripe down the middle of their back. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

 

March 29 - What is a Source Protection Plan?

Source Protection Plans are being prepared in 19 regions in Ontario under the Clean Water Act. A Source Protection Plan says how we are going to protect our drinking water sources. It contains policies to address drinking water threats.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

March 22 - Beaver Meadow Conservation Area

Step into nature and enjoy spring wildflowers at Beaver Meadow in Prince Edward County.  ild ginger, trilliums, bandberry, and Jack-in-the-Pulpit are some of the wildflowers that may be found here. Find out more about this diverse area in this week's podcast.

 

March 15, 2012 - Working Near Water?

It's 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. Find out more about hazardous lands and the permit process in this week's podcast.

March 8, 2012 - Spring 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 how to stay safe in this week's podcast.

 

March 1, 2012 - Weasel

Our Species of the Month is the Weasel. These mammals are long and slim with a short furry tail. Males can be between 21 and 28 centimeters long and the females are a bit smaller. Their coats change colour with the seasons. During the summer they are brown and turn white in the winter.  Find out more about the weasel in this week's podcast.

 

February 23, 2102 - Why protect sources of drinking water?

Protecting sources of municipal drinking water from contamination and depletion is vital for public health. Ontario passed the Clean Water Act and now 19 regions in Ontario are developing local plans to protect municipal drinking water sources.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

February 16, 2012 - Flood Forecasting at Quinte Conservation

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 9, 2012 - Vanderwater Conservation Area

This lovely outdoor spot is picturesquely located along the banks of the Moira River where the water cascades over a series of limestone steps. The 15 kilometers of trails explore a wide range of natural environments. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

February 2, 2012 - Eastern Bluebird

Our species of the month is the Eastern Bluebird.  Our species of the month is the Eastern Bluebird. They were once as common as robins are today and had all but disappeared entirely from the Quinte area as a nesting species in the early 1950s. Today nesting box programs have given hope for increased bluebird populations in the Quinte area.  Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

January 26, 2012 - Where does your drinking water come from?

What is the source of your drinking water? Does it come from a well that is drilled or dug into the ground? Or does it come from a local lake or river through a surface water intake pipe? Find out where people in Quinte get their drinking water from in this week's podcast.

 

January 19, 2012 - Quinte Conservation Area

The 140-acre Quinte Conservation Area is located at the corner of Old Highway 2 and Wallbridge-Loyalist Road in Belleville. It's the home base for Quinte Conservation and offers a range of recreational opportunities. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 

January 12, 2012 - Fun Winter Activities at Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas are great places to hike and picnic in the summer, but did you know there are many winter activities you can enjoy at local conservation areas? To find out where you can step into nature this winter, listen to this week's podcast.

 

January 5, 2012 - American Eel

Our species of the month is the American Eel. It's a native species to the Great Lakes region and historically was a very important fishery species. Find out more in this week's podcast.

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