Archive | July, 2017

Doctor’s Orders: Prescription Visits to Parks!

Common doctor prescriptions include painkillers, ointments, sometimes specific medical instruments. But what about actual visits to parks? Nicknamed “ParkRx,” doctors in South Dakota are now legally entitled to write park prescriptions, which instruct patients to take “one free day at any South Dakota state park or recreational area.” South Dakota’s Department of Health and South […]

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An Alternative Google that Plants Trees for Each Search!

It’s a known fact: Google is an essential part of our lives. But did you know there’s another Google that let you plant trees at the same time? The answer to that is Ecosia.   Ecosia works just like Google–except the website plants a tree for every item you enter into the search bar. Essentially, […]

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July 28th-30th: Tree Giveaway Events!

Ecology Ottawa is giving away THOUSANDS of free trees this summer! We’re attending tons of events throughout Ottawa to give away these trees! Here’s where we’ll be this weekend:

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Plant Self-Defense: Avoiding Becoming Caterpillar Food

Plants, as one of the lowest species of the food web, are often eaten. By everyone. That doesn’t mean they like it. In a new study published in the Natural Ecology and Evolution Journal, it was discovered that in order to avoid being eaten, some plants release a chemical that makes them extremely foul-tasting to caterpillars. […]

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Wildlife Havens in Urban Spaces!

How can concrete, industrial spaces have any room for nature? It’s possible. New York’s High Lane was transformed into a wildlife haven. So it’s very much possible to transform small pockets of free space into a flourishing haven as well! Forest glades are popping up everywhere. They’re slices of forest space in urban landscapes. Places […]

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Wood Pellets: A (Lesser Known) Renewable Energy Source

The constant demand for energy has resulted in unsustainable methods of energy exploitation. The most common and well-known? Fossil fuels. But what if trees themselves could be used as an energy source to power our homes? In Southern U.S., tree scraps are being collected, gathered and imported to Europe, where they are then burned as a […]

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Canada’s Forests: The Stats

Many Canadians are under the assumption Canada’s forests are being protected just fine in comparison to other countries.  But that’s far from true. We’re losing tons of trees to industrial practises, trees that won’t grow back for another 80 years, assuming trees were planted to make up for the losses. The Boreal Forest alone is […]

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Volunteer Opportunity: CP Women’s Open Green Clean-up Team

Ecology Ottawa is running the Green Team at this year’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Golf Tournament! The Ladies Professional Golf Association will be teeing off late August at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club. Come join us to keep the grounds clean and green as thousands of fans gather to see the stars in action. We […]

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July 15th-16th: Tree Giveaway Events!

Summer is well in full swing, and so are we! The tree team continues our goal of giving out THOUSANDS of free trees this summer! Here are all the events we’ll be attending this weekend:   Saturday, July 15th: 8:30am-1pm: North Gower’s Farmer’s Market 11am-3pm: Terra20 Event (Westboro Location, 1304 Wellington Street West)   Sunday, July […]

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Promote A Tree

1 Million Trees! There are several ways you can promote trees in Ottawa 1. Plant Trees If you’d like to plant a tree (or trees) on your own property check out the Tree Nursery on this site for a listing of various suppliers. If you’re specifically interested in a fruit tree, we recommend Hidden Harvest for a wide variety of trees available […]

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