Saturday January 30th 2016 we welcomed students from Queen's BIOL202 Diversity of Life class to the Queen's University Biological Station. Accompanying them were 4 BIOL103 students who wished to gain some insights on the Station and field research and course opportunities. The main goal of the trip was to do some benthic invertebrate sampling using Ekman bottom grab samplers, along with some leaf litter sampling with Berlese funnel traps. Eventually we will use the specimens for DNA barcoding and creating a 'Barcoding of Life Database' site unique to BIOL201/202 and QUBS.
In September 2015 we welcomed the first cohort of 2+2 students from Tongji University. The students have acclimated well to Queen's and to 'small town' living. This trip on January 24th 2016 was their first excursion to the Queen's University Biological Station.
Another successful running of our China-Canada field course - started in 2015 by Yuxiang Wang, and now co-taught by Yuxiang and QUBS Director Stephen Lougheed. Thirty-one students came from Trent, Western, York, Toronto, Memorial, and Queen's through the Ontario University Program in Field Biology, while Chinese students cam from Southwestern (Chongqing), Tongji and Fudan (Shanghai, and Beijing Normal University. Students learned about diversity of different groups and how to survey them, and gained hands-on insight on how to assess wetlands.
We were pleased to welcome a group of Shad Valley students at QUBS on Wednesday July 22 2015. Aided by Mark Szenteczki we introduced them to the Station and its mandate and activities, and then did a local walk looking for herps. Mark talked about sampling for genetic and genomic work, focused on snakes of conservation concern.
On Sunday June 28th we celebrated the 70th anniversary of QUBS at our annual open house. Despite an incessant drizzle we had between 3-400 visitors and myriad displays showcasing the research and teaching at QUBS. We also had the Grand Opening of the Jessie V. Deslauriers Centre for Biology with its new Jack Hambleton Library and new digs for the Fowler Herbarium.
On Sunday May 25 our Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre had its annual open house. Manager Carolyn Bonta welcomed many visitors both nearby and from Kingston and other nearby towns and cities. The event was particularly gratifying as Carolyn revealed new educational signage including one for our extensive trail system, a new walking bridge, and a new trail app envisioned by Carolyn and coded by David Lougheed (funded through the generosity of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation).
QUBS is in full swing with lots of researchers here and two full-to-capacity field courses: Steven Cooke’s (Carleton) “Fish and Fisheries: Science, Conservation and Management” and “Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles,” taught by Gabriel Blouin-Demers (Ottawa) and Stephen Lougheed (Queen’s), with Bill Halliday and Mark Szenteczki capably assisting.
The bridge at Chaffey's Lock will be closed from April 13th through April 28th inclusively. Over this time you will need to use an alternate route to get to QUBS. From Ottawa, via Highway 15, one could turn west at Crosby (Hwy 42 to Newboro Locks and Westport), then south on Perth Rd to Opinicon Rd. From Kingston or any visitors west of QUBS, using the eastbound 401, one can travel north on Division St. (Perth Road), north to Opinicon Rd., and then east to QUBS. Travelers from east of Kingston (e.g. Gananoque) might wish to use this latter route as well.
On Thursday February 5th and Friday February 6th a number of us including grad student and Society for Conservation Biology volunteers, began the enormous job of moving the Fowler Herbarium from the basement of the Biosciences Complex to its new home in the Jessie Deslauriers Centre for Biology at QUBS. With 144,000 specimens and some cabinets weighing in at over 200 kgs it was a daunting task. There was a trip on each of Thursday and Friday with a fully-loaded rental truck > 8 metres long.
On Saturday January 24th 18 students from the Queen's BIOL202 class (Diversity of Life II) visited QUBS to learn how to sample and identify benthic invertebrates from Lake Opinicon. Each had a chance to use an Ekman sampler lowered through holes that had been cut onto the ice by Manager Frank Phelan and Assistant Manager Andrew Rodmell. Michele Nicholson (Arnott Lab) and Barb Vanderbeld (BIOL202 Instructor) supervised the activities, including helping students search through the resulting sediment samples.