Countryside Living

Learn to care for forests, wetlands and streams

Learn to care for forests, wetlands and streams

What sounds do you hear in thriving forests, wetlands and streams? There’s the sound of a blue jay calling an alarm when it spots a nearby predator. There’s the rattling call of a kingfisher as… Continue Reading

More Trees in the Ground

More Trees in the Ground

Forests are a vital part of the Earth’s life-support system. They clean air and make oxygen, moderate temperature, and reduce wind and soil erosion. They’re incredible places to hike and unwind. To get the most… Continue Reading

Planting a Forest for the Future

Planting a Forest for the Future

Have you ever wanted to grow your own forest? Landowners from Caledon, Helen and David Choat, are working with CVC to increase forest cover by planting 13,000 tree seedlings. For those planting trees, it’s easy… Continue Reading

Very Hungry Birds

Very Hungry Birds

As all parents know, growing bodies are hungry. For adult birds, seeds and berries are great food sources, but the meal required by 96 per cent of baby birds are insects, spiders and caterpillars. The… Continue Reading

The Story of Succession

The Story of Succession

Change is all around us – in our lives and in nature. In fact, nature is at its best when it’s changing, gradually and from sudden events like storms or fires. Whether fast or slow,… Continue Reading

It Takes a Village: Growing Forests in the Credit River Watershed

It Takes a Village: Growing Forests in the Credit River Watershed

There’s an old saying – it takes a village to raise a child. Well, the same is true when nurturing a healthy watershed forest community. Did you know that in the past 60 years private… Continue Reading

A Working Farm That’s Also a Grassland Bird Refuge

A Working Farm That’s Also a Grassland Bird Refuge

Geoff and his wife Shanna Maltby work alongside their family on a 120 acre farm in Acton. They raise livestock and grow grain crops. When we launched our Bird-Friendly Certified Hay Program three years ago,… Continue Reading

Battling Invasive Species

Battling Invasive Species

Summer’s finally here! Many of us spend hours outside making sure our properties look beautiful and work hard to make our homes and communities look amazing too. We also do this because it helps the environment. Now what… Continue Reading

Imagine a Beautiful Forest on your Property

Despite the mini ice storm a few days ago – spring is finally in the air! We see it in the longer days and we hear it in the sound of songbirds. Spring is when… Continue Reading