I created this blog in 2009 to provide a venue for interesting natural history observations or new biological insights from Eastern Ontario and particularly from the environs of our university biological station (see below). Thus far the site has > 14,000 views (December 2010). This blog is intended to be a public repository for information and ideas that might not be suitable or of sufficient heft for publication in traditional journals. Anyone can (is encouraged to!) send a submission to me (Stephen Lougheed) and I will decide whether it is suitable for posting here. I may also make some modest editorial suggestions.
The Queen’s University Biological Station is located in eastern Ontario in the heart of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. The station proper is on Lake Opinicon part of the Rideau Canal system, a Unesco-designated World Heritage site. The > 3000 ha. station properties span a range of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including paustrine marshes, woodland ponds, lakes, temperate broadleaf and needleleaf woodlands, pastures and granitic out-crops. Many species in this region exist here at the northern limit of their geographic ranges and are species of conservation concern in Canada (e.g. gray ratsnake, five-lined skink, cerulean warbler).