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Written by Terry Spraque   
Apr 01, 2015 at 03:00 AM
 WILD ABOUT WETLANDS!!  
 
Dead Creek Marsh along the Murray Canal at Carrying Place. Photo by Terry SpragueNow that warmer weather has arrived, and the inland marshes are almost free of ice, we will have a look at some of the wetlands in the area.
 
Prince Edward County has over 21,000 acres (8,500 hectares)  of wetlands. These wetlands have been identified as either provincially or regionally significant wetlands, and range in size from small wetland corners comprising a few dozen acres to the 4,900-acre (1,900 hectares) Big Swamp and Little Swamp complex and the 5,000-acre  (2,000 hectares) Sawguin Creek system. Some of the identified wetlands are located on private property and access to them is both limited and difficult. Instead, we will touch on some of the more readily accessible wetlands, and directions on how to reach these areas.
 
Dead Creek Marsh at Carrying Place (photo by Terry Sprague) is worth a visit, but don’t attempt Canal Road on the canal’s north side at this time of the year, even with an all-wheel drive! However, Shore Road on the canal’s south side is fine, but the section that goes along the marsh is usually gated off. You will need to walk from here where the former road runs right beside the marsh, but it is worth the exercise, as birds here are not disturbed by traffic noise.
 
The Sawguin Creek Wetland is the largest wetland in Prince Edward County, extending from the Rednersville area to Massassauga Point and is easily viewed from Highway 62, County Road 28 and Huff’s Island Road, especially from the causeway which spans the cattail marsh at Huff’s Island and running to the Massassauga mainland. In addition to the many species of birds typically found in wetlands, the provincially significant Arrow Arum plant can also be found in this wetland.
 
One of the new ponds created at Big Island Marsh. Photo by Terry SpragueMuch can often be seen right from the junction of Highway 62 and County Road 28 where there is plenty of space to park and wander around. There is a fair amount of open water here that often harbours interesting wetland species. From here one can take a canoe or kayak and paddle east almost to within a few hundred feet of the causeway that crosses the marsh at Huff’s Island. Unfortunately, the channel at the Marsh Road culvert is often choked with cattail growth, but the rest of the creek east to Sawguin Island and the Bay of Quinte is open. The water in the channel is quite shallow and canoeists and kayakers are urged to do their exploring early before summer water plant growth gets under way, preferably before the first  week of June. Sawguin Creek is about three kilometres south of Belleville. The causeway between the Massassauga mainland and Huff’s Island can be accessed either from County Road 28, or by following Highway 62 south for another kilometre and taking the Huff’s Island Road east to the Stop sign and turning left at the old abandoned Huff’s Island Public  School.
 
The Big Island Marsh (photo above by Terry Sprague) comprising 2,120 acres (858 hectares) can also be readily observed from either the causeway between the mainland and Big Island, or from the South Big Island Road which runs almost the entire length of the marsh’s north side. During 2013, a very ambitious wetland rehabilitation project took place in the Big Island Marsh resulting in the formation of three large ponds, one of them 12 acres in size! These have been enhanced with interconnecting sinuous channels which ultimately link to the main channel in the centre of the marsh. A good access to these channels at the corner of South Big Island Road and Sprague Road.  Provided it is early in the season and sufficient water is flowing, access to a prolific area in the western part of the Big Island Marsh can be accessed by canoe or kayak from Demorestville Creek off Gomorrah Road (runs from County Road 14 to County Road 5, bypassing the village of Demorestville). Access to the east end of Big Island Marsh can be obtained from the public boat launch at Centennial Park off County Road 15 in the hamlet of Northport. Marsh Wrens, Headwaters of the Outlet River at Log Cabin Point . Photo by Terry SpragueSwamp sparrows, Virginia Rails and American Bitterns are commonly seen throughout the Big Island Marsh. Least Bitterns are rare but regular. Nelson’s Sparrow (Sharp-tailed Sparrow) and Great Egret have also been seen here and historically, King Rails were encountered here. The massive rehabilitation project opened up some of the existing channels and created three huge ponds and interconnecting channels to improve water flow and fish migration. The project was all privately funded and will greatly enhance the marsh complex and provide rich habitat for a wide diversity of wetland inhabitants.
 
At Sandbanks Provincial Park, there are two wetlands that offer possibilities. A small one along the Outlet River within the park can be viewed from the Cedar Sands Trail, or visited by canoe or kayak. The Glendon Green Boat Launch (photo by Terry Sprague) off County Road 18 across from Log Cabin Point will allow paddlers access to either the Outlet River from the East Lake end, or an opportunity to visit a sizable wetland just northwest of the boat launch where Black Terns may be seen, along with most species common to wetlands.
 
Bloomfield Creek through about 44 hectares (109 acres) can be very productive during the spring season. Limited opportunities to observe from the roadside are available at the small bridge along Wesley Acres Road, south of Bloomfield. A canoe or kayak launched from the bridge will allow you to explore about 5 km of winding creek, right down to its mouth where it empties into West Lake. As a footnote, this is the same picturesque marshy channel that was viewed from the air near the end of the popular 1995 film, Fly Away Home. The latter part of the movie was filmed at Sandbanks Provincial Park, in the West Lake area, where a number of cattail marshes that edge the famous sand dunes can be explored by canoe or kayak, including a profitable wetland off the causeway from County Road 12 to Sheba’s Island.  Marsh Wrens, Swamp Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats and American Bitterns are regulars, with occasional sightings of Least Bittern too.
 
And don’t forget to check out the Kaiser Crossroad Cornfields, east of Lake-on-the-Mountain where waterfowl there can often number in the many hundreds. As April draws to a close though, the variety and numbers will decrease as the fields gradually become dry, but good birding is possible right into early May. Up to 400 Northern Pintails can be seen here during the peak season.
 
Last Updated ( Mar 28, 2015 at 05:46 PM )
What Birds To Expect This Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Apr 01, 2015 at 03:00 AM


WHAT BIRDS ARE IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY & THE BAY OF QUINTE REGION THIS MONTH

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If the spring migration gets back on track, we should expect to hear the distinctive calls of the Virginia Rail by the middle of this month. Photo by Ian DickinsonIs winter finally over, or do we need to go through yet another month of below average temperatures? The long range weather forecast seems to indicate lower than average temperatures. Almost a repeat of last spring when the Bay of Quinte area was affected by a Polar Vortex that just wouldn’t leave.  What affect this will have on April migrants, we will have to wait and see. Some migrants like RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, SONG SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, KILLDEERS and AMERICAN WOODCOCK returned as usual last month, as is their custom, regardless of the weather. April is usually the month when the spring migration begins to get into full swing. This is also the month of sparrows with FIELD, VESPER, SAVANNAH and FOX all in full song as the weather becomes warmer (hopefully). Migrating waterfowl, although peaking late last month will still be around in good numbers and representing several species as some continue to pass through on their way to more northern nesting grounds. You may, however, have to search for some of these as they will be widely dispersed, but one area worth visiting is the Glendon Green Boat Launch adjacent to Sandbanks Provincial Park, just off County Road 18 across from Log Cabin Point. Another location which produces waterfowl well into May is the Kaiser Crossroad flooded fields in the Cressy area.  If the weather remains favourable, many of the inhabitants of the cattail marshes around the county will trickle in throughout the month, beginning with an increasing number of those that are already here, including, AMERICAN BITTERNS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, NORTHERN HARRIERS and, in a few days, some returning SWAMP SPARROWS, and ending the month with the later arriving VIRGINIA RAILS, (photo above by Ian Dickinson of Belleville) SORAS and MARSH WRENS.
 
If the weather is exceptionally fine, look forward to the rollicking song of the BOBOLINK  over the meadows, and the rich notes of the BALTIMORE ORIOLE by the last week of this month. While May is often thought of as the month we traditionally begin to search for warblers, there are many species who put in an appearance by mid to late April, depending of course on how the month shapes up weather-wise, including YELLOW-RUMPED, NASHVILLE, PINE, PALM, BLACK-AND-WHITE. If the weather is really good we can also expect to see some early  YELLOWS, BLACK-THROATED GREENS (photo below by Jeff Haffner of Napanee), and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. TREE SWALLOWS and BARN SWALLOWS are a certainty, with NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED, BANK and CLIFF also a good possibility.
 
Not all warblers arrive during the month of May; a few like the Black-throated Green Warbler can be expected much earlier, in late April, if the weather cooperates . Photo by Jeff HaffnerExpect to see HERMIT THRUSH and BROWN THRASHER this month, and listen for the rusty door hinge notes of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS as they too arrive. Although Prince Edward County is not as conducive to shorebirds as nearby Presqu’ile Provincial Park, most species do touch down and feed along the beaches and in other suitable areas around the county during the spring migration. SPOTTED SANDPIPER, of course, is an obvious one to start looking for as well as GREATER YELLOWLEGS, along with WILSON’S SNIPE winnowing over the wetlands and the twittering nuptials of the AMERICAN WOODCOCK in woodland areas, and UPLAND SANDPIPERS in open meadows. By March 26th this year, woodcocks had already arrived, despite the winter-like conditions, but they will continue to display on into April.
 
For the most part, one doesn’t need to travel far for some of these migrants. Your own backyard will often produce some amazing discoveries. If you wish to travel further afield, then Prince Edward Point, Sandbanks Provincial Park and Beaver Meadow Wildlife Management Area are all good places to begin. Any of the numerous wetlands around the county will produce the marsh dwelling birds, but the Big Island Marsh, Sawguin Marsh and Bloomfield Marsh are probably your best bet. Check out the Birding Opportunities page for more information on some of the better marshes in the county.  If you’re out and about this month, be sure to e-mail me your sightings.
 
 
Keep checking the QUINTE AREA BIRD REPORT for daily updates on the birds of our area.
 
Good birding this month!

As always, I am interested in hearing what you see at your feeder as well as in your travels throughout the Quinte area this spring. You can e-mail me right from this LINK

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Last Updated ( Mar 28, 2015 at 05:28 PM )
Bird Feeding Tips PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Apr 01, 2015 at 03:00 AM

FORGET THE DOOM AND GLOOMERS - KEEP FEEDING BIRDS IN SUMMER !
 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak: Rose-breasted Grosbeaks often nest in this area and may continue using your feeder during the summer. Photo by Gabrielle Holowacz of AmeliasburghIt doesn’t matter what pastime we enjoy in life. There will always be the ill informed who will try to put a damper on everything, offering advice on subjects they know little if anything about. Continuing a bird feeding program through the summer months is one of them. There are those who will claim it isn’t necessary to feed birds in summer. Actually these naysayers are stunned when I tell them, that I couldn’t agree more. Truth is, we don’t feed birds because we have to. We feed birds because we want to, and will do anything that it takes to keep them around our premises. That includes feeding birds during the summer months. And there is nothing wrong with that. Offering feed to birds does not interfere with normal bird behaviour; they treat our offerings as nothing more than another stop in their daily search for food. 
 
Some bird feed distributors claim they sell more bird feed in the summer than they do during the winter months. The weather is warm and we can sit outside on the patio in comfort and pay more attention to the species that choose to partake of our offerings. Birds that nest on our premises will make daily use of the feeders as a supplementary source of food, and often will bring their young to the feeders as well, once they are out of the nest. It is not uncommon for Black-capped Chickadees who have been regulars at the feeder during winter, to remain and nest in one of the nest boxes on our property, and bring their children to the feeder. For us, that is a bonus which complements the ongoing efforts we have been making for over 40 years to attract birds to our property. To have them nest as well tells us that we are doing something right.
 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Always a favourite, hummingbirds are easy to attract in summer. Photo by Daniel LaFrance of WellingtonThis isn’t to say that summer bird feeding is without its challenges and hazards. Probably the worst mistake that one can make is to continue feeding the same food and by the same method as we do in the winter. That hazard is immediately evident in March and April with the arrival of Common Grackles and Brown-headed Cowbirds who will soon overtake a feeder, especially if mixed feed is offered. To thwart the efforts of grackles it is necessary to stop using the large platform and hopper feeders as these are too accessible to grackles. And stop offering mixed feed. Grackles, House Sparrows and cowbirds love it.  Provide instead finch feed, black oil sunflower seed and niger feed and offer these foods in silo feeders which are more difficult for grackles to find a toe hold. Grackles are very agile birds, but it will reduce the amount of time that grackles will spend trying to access the feed. Silo feeders, surrounded by a heavy metal mesh, are available, designed to allow passage by chickadees and goldfinches, but keep out larger birds. The trade off is that you also prevent summer visiting Rose-breasted Grosbeaks from reaching the feed. However, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are quite agile and have little problem feeding from small, conventional sunflower seed feeders, and you may want to have a variety of feeders, do a little experimenting and see which ones work best. Another hazard of stumbling along blindly with the same feeders and feed as you would in the winter, believing that you shouldn’t show favouritism, is that the use of feeders readily accessible by grackles, will encourage a higher population of this species to nest in the local area. And that can spell doom to other species you are trying to encourage, as Common Grackles are notorious for destroying the nests of smaller birds, and consuming the contents.
 
A pair of Gray Catbirds we had nesting one summer in our lilacs were regulars at the suet feeder. Photo by Keith Gregoire of BellevilleSummer feeding will require experimentation and a bit of give and take as success ultimately depends on your habitat and what you are apt to attract. However, the rewards far outweigh any problems you might have, as it is not uncommon to see Chipping Sparrows at the niger feeder, Indigo Buntings at the sunflower seed feeder and perhaps a Gray Catbird at the suet bar. A word about suet. If you are in the habit of feeding raw suet to birds in the winter, discontinue its use in the summer as the intense heat will turn the suet rancid. Instead, invest a few dollars into commercially prepared bars that are made from rendered suet and are available in a variety of flavours.
 
Spoilage may also occur if you are in the habit of offering leftovers from the kitchen. Feed sparingly, and remove uneaten food quickly before it spoils and poses a hazard to birds. Rotting, mouldy food harbours bacteria and can quickly kill birds if you don’t exercise some care. And keep your feeders clean. Some of the high end feeders are made so they can be easily taken apart and cleaned. A nine to one mixture of water and Clorox bleach will do the trick nicely, followed by a good rinsing.
 
This is especially true with hummingbird feeders which should be cleaned every week, and the contents changed. Just having a hummingbird feeder or an oriole feeder will clearly demonstrate how much fun can be derived from a summer feeding program. So, why not extend that program to appeasing the tastes of other birds as well. 
 
One of my biggest joys of trying to attract wildlife to our backyard for the past three decades has been sitting under our large maple tree which we planted some 40 years ago, and watching all the berry and seed producing wildlife shrubs we have planted through the years, working harmoniously together in bringing wildlife to our backyard.
 
A pair of Brown Thrashers that nested in our current bushes, brought their kids to feeders daily. Photo by Sydney Smith of WellingtonThere are many good books on the market today devoted to backyard bird feeding and most will offer helpful ideas about extending that program into summer when we can enjoy the pastime the most. It is always such a treat when something we are doing in our backyard serves to attract a new species, and that new species investigates your summer offerings. I well remember the pair of Brown Thrashers that nested for two years in one of our hedgerows of currents and gooseberries, and what a thrill it was to have the parents bring their young to our feeder.
 
What better way to enjoy your backyard than to attract wildlife, for the presence of a few species of desirable wildlife makes the backyard setting complete.
 
Have fun with your backyard bird feeding this summer, and let me know what you have managed to attract, and any problems or interesting behaviour you have experienced.
 

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Got questions about birdfeeding? Send an e-mail 


Some great places in the Quinte area to purchase your birding and bird feeding needs ! 
  

Picton

Picton Farm Supply

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 Belleville

A Place to Perch

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Wooler

The Birdhouse

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Last Updated ( Mar 28, 2015 at 06:01 PM )
Backyard Naturalization PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry Spraque   
Apr 01, 2015 at 03:00 AM

BACKYARD NATURALIZATION - Attracting Birds and Other Wildlife Species to Your Premises


 As environmental awareness increases, it is only to be expected that some of this interest might be directed to our own backyards. There are concerns about what we are putting on our properties to create that "perfect lawn." Do we need a perfect lawn? What can we do make our properties, be they large or small, more attractive to wildlife? And how much is too much of a good thing? This page will attempt to address the increasing interest we are taking these days in naturalization our backyards, how to attract wildlife, how to manage what we have, and how to dissuade those species we don't want. It is all about doing things "naturally", with native species of plants, natural fertilizers, composting - all those things all of us should have started doing much earlier in our lives. Watch this page regularly for more tips on how you can enhance your property and make it more attractive to wildlife. 


 
 IMPROVE YOUR BACKYARD HABITAT BY PLANTING SOME NATIVE GRASSES
 
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Native grasses will provide cover, food and nesting habitat for wildlife, in addition to beautifying your garden. Grasses are great for filling around and in between existing flowering plants and to prevent weeds from becoming established. Native grasses are adapted to local conditions. The roots dig deep into the earth and as a result, grasses can grow in poor soil and require less water than most plants.
 
Environments with full sun, drought-like summers and cold winters are ideal for native grasses. In the winter, grasses provide cover and nesting habitat for birds and wildlife as they can withstand snow cover. Grasses are slow to green up in the spring but grow fast in the summer, blooming from August to September, then going dormant with the first hard frost. During the fall months, grasses turn a variety of colours and brighten up the surrounding landscape.
 
Seeds should be planted in late April to May or late November, while young plants can be planted in late May. After planting, the seeds or roots of plants should be covered with soil and mulch. Mulches will help retain moisture, reduce weeds and prevent frost heave over winter. Fertilizer is not necessary and actually encourages weeds. New plants or seeds need water every 3 to 4 days for the first few weeks, but by mid-July should be able to survive on their own. One year old plants (plugs) can be planted anytime and need to be watered regularly for a minimum of two weeks until they are established. Grasses will form their essential deep root system in the first year and weeds will need to be kept under control to give the grasses the room for growth they require. Be sure to purchase seeds/ plants from a nursery where they are legally obtained and grown from seed, not dug up from the wild.
 
 
PRAIRIE & MEADOW GRASSES
 
Big Bluestem. Photo by Terry SpragueBig Bluestem Andropogon gerardii                                      
Most aggressive of grasses, this perennial grows 75 cm  to 1.5 m in clumps. In flower, August to October, the leaves are a blue-green colour which turn a reddish bronze/russet colour in fall. The flowers look like turkey feet. Grows in all types of soil and moisture regimes. Prefers wet conditions,  full sun and is drought tolerant.                
Wildlife: Food source for larvae of Dusted, Ottoe and Beard-Grass Skipper butterflies; cover for a variety of wildlife           
Other: Native people used it to treat digestive problems; also called Beardgrass, Turkey Claw, Turkey Foot Grass                       
 
Indian Grass Sorghastrum nutans
Coarse perennial, aggressive in some soils, but dwindles in competition. Grows 60 cm to 2.7 m in tufts or single stems. Shiny golden brown colour, August to September, turning bronze in  the fall as it sheds its seeds. The flowers are initially orange/brown but fade to a grayish brown colour. Grows well in full sun, sandy, well drained soils, but prefers dry to mesic soils.
Wildlife: Seeds eaten by finches & sparrows; cover for a variety of wildlife
 
Switch Grass  Panicum virgatum                                          
Perennial grass grows in leafy clumps up to 2.1 m in full sun. In July-August, flowering stems grow 1.2 to 1.8 m in bunches with wide spreading airy flowers. Purple in colour when in flower turning to gold/tan in fall and a yellow/straw colour over winter. It grows in dry, mesic to wet conditions but prefers good soils. Aggressive in moist soil and great for  marshy to dry sites.                                   
Wildlife: Seeds eaten by Cone-Headed Grasshopper in fall, juncos & sparrows in winter; food source for Leanard’s Skipper & Tawny-Edge Skipper larvae; cover for wildlife               
Other: Also called Panic Grass
 
Prairie Cordgrass. Photo by Terry SpraguePrairie Cordgrass  Spartina pectinata
Tall, coarse perennial 60 cm to 2.1 m, aggressive in wet areas. Flowers July to September, in comb like arrangement. Pale straw colour to deep orange or bright red in drought.  Prefers wet sites, good for stabilizing eroding stream banks and edges of ponds and rivers.
Wildlife: Food source for waterfowl
Other: Used for thatching and fuel; also called Freshwater Cordgrass, Ripgut, Slough Grass, Tall Cordgrass
 
Sideoats Grama Grass   Bouteloua curtipendula       
Low grass, perennial grows 30 cm to 1m in small clumps/patches. Drought tolerant, withstands grazing & trampling but doesn’t compete well with taller plants. Short red, orange or purple oat-like flower clusters (seeds) hang from one side of the stem in two rows, which rustle in the wind. Bluish-green colour in the summer turning to pale orange/gold colour, sometimes purple/rose colour, in fall.  Grows in sun or partial shade on dry sites with clay, sandy or gravelly soil rich in limestone or calcium.
Wildlife: Seeds eaten by juncos & sparrows in winter                                                      
Other: Also called Tall Grama Grass
 
Little Bluestem    Andropogan scoparius
Tufted, leafy perennial grows 45 cm to 1.5 m in clumps/clusters. Mid-size blue-green grass grows July to October. Single white-hairy elongate flowers form clusters at tips of stalks, with white/silver tufted seeds in October. Leaves turn a tan/bronze-orange to wine red colour after frost. From October to March, it has the deepest red colour of all grasses. Prefers well drained soils, dry to mesic, acid to alkaline conditions. Drought tolerant, great for sunny gardens and poor soil.
Wildlife: Food for Ottoe & Crossline Skipper larvae
Other: Also called Broom Beardgrass, Prairie Beardgrass, Broom or Wiregrass; alternate Latin name Schizachyrium scoparium
 
Indian Grass. Photo by Terry SpragueNorthern Dropseed   Sporobolus heterolepis             
Perennial or annual, ornamental grass, low to medium size. Grows 45 cm to 1 m in dense tufts/fountains of  narrow, long hair-like leaves. One meter flower stalks emerge in August to October with purple to blackish flowers that have a pungent waxy aroma, similar to hot buttered popcorn. The tufts of grass resemble green to orange pompons in late summer or fall, which turn red in drought years. Grows in dry to mesic conditions in a variety of soils. It provides a nice accent along a walkway or edge of a garden.
Other: Natives made flour from the seeds; also called Prairie Dropseed                                                                  
 
Canada Blue-Joint   Calamagrostis canadensis
Dense, leafy, adaptable, medium size perennial spreads quickly in disturbed areas. Grows 45 cm to 1 m in clumps or patches on wet sites & up to 2 m in shady sites. Purplish spikelets appear with small flowers from July to September. Leaves are a purple/lead to green colour. Grows on dry or moist sites, with little habitat preference. Prefers full sun to partial shade, in wet, open areas on mineral soil.
Wildlife: Deer, moose & muskrats graze on young shoots; stems provide cover for wildlife in winter
Other: Can transplant to well drained arable land   
 
Porcupine Grass Stipa spartea                                 
Grows in small tufts to a height of 1.2 m from May to July. Flowers grow in narrow arching clusters with  papery bracts which enclose sharp pointed seeds with twisted bristle-like awns. These seeds can be drilled into the soil by the twisting awns which can injure livestock. Prefers dry, prairie like sites.
Other: Also called Needle Grass or Needle-and-Thread      
 
Prairie June Grass Kohleria maranta 
Low, bunching grass grows up to 60 cm from July to late September. Pale green papery flowers grow in a narrow  cylindrical cluster at the tops of the stems. Grows well in dry sandy soil, in open spaces.
Other: Also called Crested Hair-Grass; alternate Latin name Kohleria cristata       
 

 
PRAIRIE & MEADOW SEDGES & HERBS
 
 
Plantain-leaved Sedge. Photo by Terry SpraguePennsylvania Sedge    Carex pensylvanica                
Low growing perennial sedge 30 cm in height. Drought tolerant and great as a groundcover. Flowers from May to June with purplish seeds at the tops of stems. Grows well in dry soil in shady areas, but also grows in the sun.        .
Other: Easy to start from seed or by division in spring          
 
Plantain-leaved Sedge     Carex Plantagenet               
Evergreen sedge grows up to 45 cm in height. Purple flowers from April to June. Grows well in shady, moist woodland areas and is a great groundcover.
Other: Easy to start from seed; seeds in early spring
 
Common Blue-eyed Grass      Sisyrinchium montanum
Tall, erect, tufted, pale green perennial herb grows 30 to 60 cm in clumps. Star shaped violet-blue flowers with yellow centers appear at the tops of stems from May to July. Whitish-green to straw color or pale brown oval or round capsules (seeds) form at the ends of the stems. Prefers moist to average soil with high lime content in sun to partial shade.
Other: Easy to start from seed or by division; member of the iris family
 
Check out the two sources of information below. The proprietors are a wealth of information, and can help you in your planning, and in selecting shrubs and wildflowers to plant that will work toward your efforts in attracting wildlife.
 
 

Don’t know where to go to obtain native trees and shrubs and wildflowers? Obviously you want to consult someone who is dedicated and knowledgeable in this field. Two great native plant nurseries in the local area:

1)  NATURAL THEMES, Frankford: Whether it’s gardening with native plants or attracting wildlife to your backyard, Natural Themes, is a good place to go for information and a selection of high quality, affordable plants. Owner and proprietor Beate (Bea) Heissler is well known in the Quinte area, having been involved as an educator at the H.R. Frink Centre, north of Belleville, for many years, Natural Themes offers a wide variety of woodland, meadow/prairie and wetland species including wildflowers, ferns, sedges, grasses, shrubs and vines as well as native deciduous and coniferous trees.  Natural Themes Website 

2) FULLER NATIVE AND RARE PLANTS, Belleville: Peter Fuller propagates and grows perennials, ferns, grasses and bulbs native within a 100-mile radius of the nursery. "We practise ethical seed collection and all plants are nursery propagated," says Peter Fuller. "We promote the conservation of wild plants and the maintenance of genetic diversity in plant populations. We provide advice and resources for using native plant material in home gardens." Fuller Native and Rare Plants website

 

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