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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2003



Please join us in celebrating 5 years of research! Open House celebrates five years of research at Oliver Ecological Research Centre

On Friday, June 20th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Trent University’s James McLean Oliver Ecological Centre is opening its doors to the public to help celebrate the research facility’s fifth anniversary.

The Oliver Centre Director Tom Hutchinson and his colleagues will speak at 3 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the researchers at the Oliver Centre and learn about the environmental and ecological research they are conducting.

The James McLean Oliver Ecological Centre, located just outside of Bobcageon, was donated by Marjorie Oliver to Trent University in October 1998. The property serves as an Ecological Field Station for both undergraduate and graduate student use.

Guests are asked to wear walking shoes, as informal tours of the 270-acre estate on the shores of Pigeon Lake near Bobcaygeon will be offered. The property contains a wide range of natural habitats suitable for teaching and research of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Research: The First Five Years:

• Monitoring of air pollution and collection of climate data
• Long-term salamander survey
• Amphibians-species diversity and populations monitoring
• Ecology of the bullfrog in Nogies Creek: a mark and recapture study
• Ecology of the Southern Flying and Eastern Grey Squirrels
• Ozone damage to garden vegetables
• The response of Sugar Maple seedlings to increased UV-B, warming and nitrogen
• The effects of land-use on breeding success in woodland-nesting birds
• The annual banding of Saw-whet owls
• A native predator for Eurasian watermilfoil
• Effects of residential development on littoral zone fish communities
• Uptake of lead and cadmium through bark in mature Sugar Maple, White Ash and White Pine
• The residence time of lead and cadmium in the forest floor
• Air-surface exchange of PBDEs and PCBs


From Peterborough take Hwy. 29 north to "Jack and Jill", turn left to Buckhorn, north on Hwy. 36 to Flynn's Corners, keep towards Bobcaygeon. Just before Bobcaygeon, Mill Line Road is on the left. Follow Mill Line Road to the Centre. For more information please contact Sheena Symington at (705) 731-0183 ( or Katie Brown, Development Office, ext. 1046 (


Media are welcome and encouraged to join Trent University researchers, students and staff to find out more about the groundbreaking work taking place at the James McLean Oliver Centre.

For more information, please contact Jennifer MacIsaac in the Trent University Development Office at (705) 748-1011 ext. 1073.

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