Posts by Candice Talbot

Butternut Trees on Your Property

Photograph of base of butternut tree.

Butternut trees are widespread through-out Ontario, but their numbers are decreasing due to an invasive disease called butternut canker. Butternut canker was first confirmed in Ontario in 1991 and is thought to have originated somewhere in Asia. Like many invasive pathogens, it has spread quickly in Ontario. In 2005 the… Read More

Ferns in Ontario

Gerneric photo of ferns in a forest.

Ferns are some of the most intriguing plants I have come across while conducting field surveys in central Ontario. They are living fossils! Ferns appear in the fossil record nearly 360 million years ago. This is long before the evolution of land animals (including dinosaurs) and nearly 200 million years… Read More