Turtle Egg-Laying Season

Turtle Egg-Laying Season

May through July, especially June, is egg laying season for turtles. If a turtle is on land, it is likely attempting to lay eggs. Please give the turtle lots of space. If disturbed it may need to abort its mission and need to do it later. Please stay at least a few metres away, and ask others to do so as well. Many nests are predated by raccoons and other animals, most often within…

Why I don’t like Garlic Mustard

Why I don’t like Garlic Mustard

It’s not very tall, it grows in the shade mostly, it has pretty white flowers and it smells like garlic. What’s not to like? Well, unfortunately, it doesn’t get along with others and it can’t behave itself. Garlic Mustard is native to Europe and parts of Asia. It’s not adapted to our local ecosystems. For example, its roots give off chemicals that kill mycorrhizae in the soil – the fungi that many trees depend…

Spring Collection of Recyclables

Spring Collection of Recyclables

I hope you’ve all been saving your empty milk bags, prescription pill containers, batteries, printer cartridges and the other recyclable or reusable items that the Enviro Crew collects. Our fall collection at Windsor Park was a big success, and you told us you wanted more. So get ready for the Earth Day collection on Sunday, April 21, 2024 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll be set up with bins at the entrance to Brewer…

Hidden Harvest revealed

Hidden Harvest revealed

“Please help yourself to the apples. Take as many as you want,” called the homeowner as the Enviro Crew’s tree team started its survey of her backyard trees. Beautiful fresh apples dotted the ground and fell from the tree as we worked. I tucked a couple into my pocket and ate them later at home, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the wasted ones.A couple of months later, the EnviroCentre newsletter announced that it…

Coffeehouses on Sustainability

Coffeehouses on Sustainability

The Glebe Community Association in collaboration with CAFES is hosting a series of Coffee Houses on Sustainability. Knowledgeable neighbours will be sharing their experiences on the following topics over the next few months: More information and registration available via Eventbrite.

Share your Feedback on Vehicle Idling

Share your Feedback on Vehicle Idling

In 2007, the City of Ottawa took steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality by enacting the Idling Control By-law. The City is currently reviewing this by-law and is looking for your feedback on vehicle idling in Ottawa. Vehicles on public and private property are permitted to idle for up to three minutes in a 60-minute period when the outdoor temperature is between 5°C and 27°C. If it’s colder than 5°C…

Xmas Tree Drop Off

Xmas Tree Drop Off

After the holidays, don’t throw your Christmas tree to the curb – the Rideau Canal Skateway team wants to recycle it! From December 22 to January 26th, bring your tree over to the Christmas tree drop-off area so it can be reused. Your tree will be used as a decoration on the Rideau Canal Skateway, and afterwards, transformed into wood chips to be used throughout the Capital. The drop-off location is on Colonel By…

Old Ottawa South (OOS) Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration Project

Old Ottawa South (OOS) Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration Project

One of the City of Ottawa’s goals is to build up our tree canopy so that it comprises 40 percent of our urban area. Ottawa’s Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES), of which the OOS Enviro Crew’s Tree Team is a member, is supporting the city’s goal with its Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration Project, which serves to encourage communities to plant new trees and protect the ones we already have. Tree canopy regeneration is especially…

EnviroCrew Waste Reduction Collection

EnviroCrew Waste Reduction Collection

EnviroCrew volunteers will be set up near the parking lot in Windsor Park from 1 to 6 p.m at OSCA’s Fall Fest, Saturday, October 14, 2023, collecting items to reduce household waste. Items for collection are: You’ll also receive information on how to recycle dozens of other household waste items. Or just stop by and chat. We’d love to meet you and hear your ideas about reducing waste, helping the environment, addressing climate change.

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