The Badger (Meles Meles) Despite being rarely seen during daylight hours , the badger , the largest terrestrial carnivore here in Britain is easily  recognisable and still a common sight despite centuries of persecution here in the U.K.  It’s survival owes much to it’s secretive nature .  The low set animal has a solid frame […]


Field Notes: The Gonydeal Spot — Wickersham’s Conscience

American Herring Gulls in breeding plumage, Fairbanks, Alaska; to the right is a closeup of the right hand bird’s bill A reader asked why some of the gulls currently being featured in recent Return of Bird of the Week series have a red spot on their bill. More recently, Mrs. WC reminded WC of a […]

Field Notes: The Gonydeal Spot — Wickersham’s Conscience

What is a Tree? How Does it Work? — #Colorado State Forest Service — Coyote Gulch

Limber pine. Photo credit: Colorado State Forest ServiceClick the link to read the article on the Colorado State Forest Service website: Every year, trees grow two annual rings. In the spring, the usually wider and thinner-walled layer, called springwood, grows. In the summer, a thicker-walled layer, called summerwood, develops. Annual rings are typical in temperate…

What is a Tree? How Does it Work? — #Colorado State Forest Service — Coyote Gulch

Home is Where the Heart Is: Understanding the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women

Survey link:

ABOUT THE PROJECT: Home Is Where the Heart Is, a project being led by Naomi’s Family Resource Centre and funded by the Women’s Foundation of Canada, seeks to understand the extent to which the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted the lives of Ontario women, especially rural and farm women. Many women have experienced tremendous setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from impacts on their personal life due to loss of contact with friends and family through to the loss of economic independence because of lockdowns, restrictions on accessing services, and isolation protocols resulting in the loss of employment and income. Ontario women living in small towns, rural areas and on farms are often at greater risk of isolation, loneliness, and issues regarding personal safety due to the unstable nature of rural and agricultural economies, geographic isolation, lack of services available in the community, and due to more cultural and economic constraints.

This project seeks to engage with and hear from all Ontario women aged 16 and older, and in particular those living in small towns, rural areas and on farms to learn about their experiences over the COVID-19 Pandemic, how their lives were affected, and to learn about the issues and challenges they faced when they tried connecting with family or friends, or when reaching out for help or support from community services.

No login is required to complete the survey, and no personal information is being collected, the survey is completely anonymous! Women aged 18 and over are invited to complete a short, anonymous survey via Google Forms. The survey is easy to complete and doesn’t require sharing any login or personal information. The link to the survey is: 

Survey feedback will help Naomi’s Family Resource Centre as well as other community-based services (i.e., women’s resource centres, women’s shelters, community support services, health and social services, etc.) develop and deliver inclusive, culturally appropriate resources that best suit the needs of women seeking help in their community.

A final project report, including a summary of survey responses and identified service gaps will be submitted to Naomi’s Family Resource Centre and the Women’s Foundation of Canada in late March 2023.

Return of Bird of the Week: Western Gull — Wickersham’s Conscience

Western Gull, Monterey Bay, California The Western Gull is another North American west coast specialist, found from the Gulf of California to southern British Columbia. This is a big gull, easily habituated to people and perfectly willing to steal food from careless humans if given the opportunity. WC watched a Western Gull steal a hot […]

Return of Bird of the Week: Western Gull — Wickersham’s Conscience

Gaviotín Común/Common Tern/Sterna hirundo   — Birds Colombia #OneBirdPerDay #UnAvePorDía

Foto: Joao Quental (cc)Nombre en español: Gaviotín Común Nombre en inglés: Common Tern Nombre científico: Sterna hirundo   Familia: Laridae Canto: Marc AndersonEl charrán común​ (Sterna hirundo) es una especie de ave caradriforme de la familia Laridae.​ Es un ave marina y migratoria que pasa el invierno en las costas de países tropicales y subtropicales. Sus cuatro subespecies anidan en regiones templadas y subárticas de Europa, de Asia y del este y centro de América del Norte.…

Gaviotín Común/Common Tern/Sterna hirundo   — Birds Colombia #OneBirdPerDay #UnAvePorDía
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