JUNE 6 - A private stewardship project with a rancher in Carden has reintroduced cattle to this 95-acre ranch, which hasn’t been grazed in more than eight years. Wildlife Preservation Canada, the Couchiching Conservancy and the landowner teamed up to fence the property and put in a water system for the cattle. Loggerhead shrike are known to nest nearby, and it is hoped cattle grazing will create the grassland habitat shrike prefer, which will also benefit other threatened and endangered grassland species. “Working grasslands” such as this have become key to sustaining grassland bird populations throughout North America. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Trusting in conservation

For those who might be asking -- "Just what is a land trust?" or "Why do you need ongoing support? Doesn't the land just sit there once you acquire it

The Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program has monitored marsh birds and frogs as indicators of wetland health. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Tozer to talk marsh monitoring

The next meeting of the Orillia Naturalists' Club will take place Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orillia Museum of Art and History (third floor).

A trumpeter swan comes in for a visually impressive landing on Lake Couchiching. Although probably hatched and living in the wild, many of these large birds have become dependent on humans to provide winter food. DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Swans: the next Canada geese?

Once upon a time, in the 1960s and for years prior, Canada geese were but a small portion of the local waterfowl scene. After reintroduction programs

Matt Mistele of the Oshawa Generals and Barrie Colts defenceman Jonathan Laser tangle in the corner during Ontario Hockey League action at the Barrie Molson Centre on Thursday night. The Generals came out on top, 5-1. ZACH MACPHERSON/PHOTO

Generals dismiss Colts

The Barrie Colts have shown that they can hang with the league’s best. Beating them, however, is still another story.

Barrie Colts forward Kevin Labanc slips past Sudbury Wolves defenceman Trenton Bourque to snap a shot on net during first-period Ontario Hockey League action at the Sudbury Community Arena, Wednesday. Labanc had a goal and three assists in Barrie's 6-2 win. GINO DONATO/QMI AGENCY

Colts take Wolves 6-2

The game plan for the Sudbury Wolves was simple enough Wednesday night – keep the puck to the outside, make tape-to-tape passes and whatever you do, d

Still not sold on soil plant

A contentious proposal for a contaminated-soil-remediation facility in Ramara Township has bubbled back up to the surface following an application to

Action tipped off Thursday in the 71st annual Orillia Blackball Classic when OD/Park Secondary School clashed with local rival Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School in the event's lone game of the day.

Blackball Classic action

Action tipped off Thursday in the 71st annual Orillia Blackball Classic when OD/Park Secondary School clashed with local rival Patrick Fogarty Catholi

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