aerial view of beaver dam near Fort McMurray

Beaver Dams without creeks

Elder Francis Orr of Fort McKay, explained how beavers build up their dams in the bush to reach their preferred foods, poplar and willow, even where there is no running water: in the spring, when the snow is melting, beaver will build a low dam to hold the spring runoff; for two more years, the…

brown bat sleeping under bean vines in the daytime

Little Brown Bat

In one of my plots in the Oakvale Green Community Gardens, pictured above, yardlong beans (Vigna unguiculata) grew very well in 2012 and formed a dense canopy over the small 4′ x 8′ plot. One morning i went to harvest beans and found a little brown bat resting, in underneath the bean canopy. At first…

zebra spider carrying off a robber fly

Zebra Spider takes down Robber Fly

In the summer of 2012 i grew cucumbers in a pot on my second-floor deck, with the vines being trained along a brick wall (the black landscaping fabric rolled up at the bottom of the image is for shading the vines on hot days, since the west facing wall can heat up too much for…