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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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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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Plant A Tree

So You Want To Plant a Tree…   We’re your one stop for tree planting information in Ottawa! Our website is a great place to start for step-by-step DIY instructions to transplanting and planting your tree, as well as for information about Ottawa nurseries and tree planting programs in the city. Check out Ecology Ottawa’s […]

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Protect A Tree

Protecting Trees in Ottawa   Trees are vulnerable to a multitude of stressors such as drought, insects and disease. Tree Ottawa’s Adopt-a-Tree Program significantly improves a tree’s chance of survival thanks to residents like you who commit to basic tree care. In fact, research shows adopted trees can grow two times faster than trees that do not receive adequate […]

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Boeri Architetti’s Vertical Farming!

With limited space, vertical forests are becoming more and more popular. And Italian architecture Stefano Boeri is leading the way. Boeri has designed numerous buildings with heavy emphasis on incorporating greenery into the architecture. His buildings have incorporated real trees on multiple floor levels, creating both aesthetically pleasing, environmental sights for anyone who sees it […]

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Thank you! Ottawa Park Summit Wrap-Up

Ecology Ottawa would like to thank everyone who participated at the Ottawa Park Summit, which took place on April 22nd, 2017. The event was a big success! We exceeded our expectations with 125 participants representing 78 organizations at the event. We talked about everything from community gardens and bake ovens to how the City of Ottawa […]

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Scientifically True: Trees for Happier and Healthier Lives!

There’s just something about trees that helps take the edge off all the craziness in our lives. It’s no big secret, but trees bring happiness to our lives.

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