Early results for the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas / After August highs, Atlantic Coast water temperatures take a dive / Phone-in: Marjorie Willison on gardening and storing the harvestSeptember 10, 2010 2:00 PM
- With more volunteers than expected, the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas is gathering a wealth of new data about some of the region's most delicate, beautiful creatures
Float Like A Butterfly, Observe Like A Zoologist : We learned this summer just how surprisingly controversial a census can become. But in this part of the country, there was one that turned out to be a quiet success.
Earlier this year, we told you about the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas - a 5-year project to systematically survey butterfly populations in our area. It received seed funding from Environment Canada.
With summer winding down and autumn in the air, we decided to see how the volunteer butterfly-counters & photographers & identifiers fared so far. John Klymko is a Zoologist with the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre in Sackville, New Brunswick and the coordinator of the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas.
Too Late For the Bath : In the last week of August, water temperatures off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia reached 20 and 22 degrees - about 5 degrees above normal for that time of year. It was a tropical dream-come-true for swimmers and surfers. But sadly, the beach-goer's paradise was short-lived. Chris Fogerty - the program supervisor at the Canadian Hurricane Centre - blamed Hurricane Earl for the plummeting water temperatures this week.
Bumper Crop ? You pull your carrots from the ground, cut your squash from the vine - then what ? Chances are you can't - or don't want to - eat your entire harvest right away. There are several ways to prepare and store your vegetables so you can savour the fruits of your summer labour all winter long. Marjorie Willison is familiar with many of those techniques.
She's the author of The East Coast Gardener and had tips on making your freshly-picked vegetables last longer. And, as always she was happy to answer all your questions about shrubs, flowers, vegetables, and just about anything that sprouts.
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