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…

Easy Access to the Rideau Winter Trail

Easy Access to the Rideau Winter Trail

After a beautiful summer in the nation’s capital, the thoughts of those of us at the Rideau Winter Trail (RWT) have definitely turned to winter. The RWT is a volunteer run not-for-profit in the heart of the city, running along the Rideau River from Donald Street (where the Rideau Sports Centre is located) to Bank Street (more on this below!), offering approximately 12 kms of groomed trail for cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, fat biking…

“Amazing” Ski Trails Next Door

“Amazing” Ski Trails Next Door

“It was amazing,” commented Old Ottawa East resident Jamie Brougham after skiing the new groomed trails on the east side of the Rideau River. “In areas that I’ve skied on for years too often with my tracks being the only ones, to having real trails is like a dream come true,” says Brougham. In early January, the Rideau Winter Trail was extended from the Adàwe footbridge in Overbrook to a turn point just opposite…

Keeping Rain Where it Belongs

Keeping Rain Where it Belongs

Once upon a time, there was a small settlement on the banks of a beautiful river. It was a lovely site, with many trees, open meadows of wildflowers and grasses, and a marsh where water plants grew and many different kinds of insects, birds, butterflies, and small animals lived. When it rained, the water seeped into the ground where tree roots could reach it, and it replenished the marsh.

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