Fragile Inheritance
ecological change
in Canada
mission cray fish
Mission: Fragile Inheritance promotes and supports the long term study of species and habitats, human & environmental effects on them, and the conservation of biodiversity, based on the lifetime work of Fred Schueler & Aleta Karstad.

"These examples continue to reinforce to me the value of good inventory and the valuable contribution of many of the contributors on the NatureList."

Fragile Inheritance
6 St-Lawrence St
Bishops Mills Oxford Station
Ontario, Canada KOG 1T0
(613) 299-3107


The Eastern Ontario NatureList has been running as a listserv for sharing nature observations, for over 25 years Aleta has been its list manager, and Fred its monitor. Its members are researchers, naturalists, and nature-lovers from all over Eastern Ontario, with a few outliers who love to keep up with what’s going on here.

South Nation river

The NatureList is not a discussion forum or noticeboard, but a simple e-mail list, which sends each post to all subscribers, who can read and comment back to the list. We share experiences and sightings, small photos, and announcements of nature-related events. We ask questions, respond with advice, and help each other with species identifications.

Membership is only “by invitation” through contact with us at As the NatureList is geographically limited, it is not an overwhelmingly busy list, mostly active in little spurts as members respond to posts of interest.

  • “Has anyone seen Dandelions yet?”

  • “We have an Ermine in out woodshed”

  • “It seems that Wild Turkeys are more numerous this year”

  • “What kind of salamander is this? We found it in our basement”

  • “We just saw a pair of Kestrels mating!”

  • “How do Sticklebacks get into my pond when the creek is so far away?”

  • “What should we do about Wild Parsnip along the front of our place?”

  • “There are little piles of large banded snail shells all through our woods this spring”

  • “Coltsfoot is already blooming in Gananoque”

The NatureList is automatically archived on the server, but we are looking for help to convert the e-mails into database records, to mine the wealth of information the NatureList has gathered through the years.

What can we do to increase awareness of habitat loss, invasive species, and human impact on nature?

There is no other independent organized group in Canada which is dedicated to promoting long term monitoring. This is your chance to support the work of Fragile Inheritance.

About the book...
a painter's ecology of glaciated North America

lavishly illustrated with watercolours and
descriptive prose from sea to sea
drawing the baseline for
a legacy of beauty and
change - Aleta Karstad
and Frederick W .
Schueler's life work