McGill's Urban Nature Information Service
Montreal's free help-line for flora and fauna questions was up
and running again for the 2008 summer season. U.N.I.S., which operates out of McGill
University's Macdonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue during the
summer, is a
non-profit service supported by generous donor contribution. This
bilingual service aims to help urban communities coexist with local
nature by offering information and, where possible, peaceful solutions
to wildlife and horticulture-related problems such as lawn grubs and
other pests, plant-devouring fungi, what to do with orphaned or
injured birds and squirrels, and solutions for keeping raccoons and
skunks at bay. Starting this year, U.N.I.S. also offers advice on
general green living including the best products to use, how to
compost, conserving water practices, and what is recyclable in
today’s garbage can.
You can reach U.N.I.S.in the summer from approximately the
beginning of May through mid-August:
firstname.lastname@example.org (pictures related to your questions are welcome!)
Office: room R3-038, Raymond Building @ Macdonald/John Abbott Campus,
Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue H9X 3V9. Office hours (2008): May 5 - August
16, Monday to Friday from 9:00-12:30, and 1:30-4:30. Feel free to bring
samples from your garden!
For more information: contact Ms. Christie Lovat.
Angell Woods in
Angell Woods is a wooded area in the NW corner of the City of
Beaconsfield, bounded by Highway 20 on the south, Highway 40 on the
north, the Baie d'Urfé industrial park on the west and on the east by
the housing projects built on the former Fresh Meadows Golf Course up
to James Shaw Street. The
Association for the Protection of Angell Woods (APAW) lobbies
and periodically organizes events to rally citizens and politicians in
order to protect this natural area from further development.
The most recent event organized was entitled Angell Woodstock, and took place on May 24th,
2008. Local bands were featured, food and drinks were available
and guided walks with a local naturalist were organized.
White Grub Information
In June 2008 the Beaconsfield
Environmental Advisory Committee (BEAC) invited an agronomy expert
to give lectures on white grub which have infested many
Beaconsfield lawns. Here is a brief summary of the tips on white grub
control in lawns.