SSCA Environment

Welcome to the home of the SSCA Environment Committee. We are always looking for new members who are passionate about the amazing Georgian Bay ecosystem. Please check out some of our articles and links below.


Phragmites, also known as the European Common Reed, is an invasive and aggressive plant that became established in North America sometime in the early 1800s. Only in the past few years however has Phragmites began to invade the Georgian Bay.

Community Removal Days

Sunday, July 29th 2018
Help us remove phragmites in a bay behind Swimming Snake Island and across from Cow Island near the mouth of Clear Bay. We will be meeting at the SSCA docks at 9:00am and then we will boat together to the site.

Saturday, August 11th 2018
Join us in removing phragmites from Kinnear Island and Moon Island. We will meet at the SSCA docks at 9:00am and then we will boat together to the site.

For planning purposes please let us know if you are planning on volunteering. This will help us to coordinate efforts and give us an idea of numbers. If you don’t get a chance, please come anyway!
Contact Katherine Denune at

Local Phragmites 2017 Maps and Assessment Posted

Click here to view a detailed report with maps and photos of recorded phragmites patches from Parry Sound Harbour south to Twelve Mile Bay. This assessment was funded by the King Bursary of the Georgian Bay Land Trust. See the patches near your cottage and learn how to effectively control their spread.

To learn more about Phragmites go to:

Water Quality Monitoring

The Lake Partners Program is monitoring phosphorous and water clarity at sites throughout Ontario. Phosphorous is a key ingredient in algal blooms. Volunteers are especially needed in our region for sites in Clear Bay and Port Rawson Bay.

To learn more about the Lake Partners Program visit:

To become a volunteer visit:

Birds of Georgian Bay

Why should we care about birds?

Birds are crucial to the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem, important indicators of pollution and disturbance and are just amazing to watch! Here on the Georgian Bay we are lucky to have a huge diversity of both northern and temperate bird species. Everyone can be a citizen scientist by recording their bird findings into an amazing international database called eBird. Additionally, Bird Studies Canada is looking for volunteers in their Marsh Monitoring Program, Canadian Loon Survey and Nocturnal Owl Survey. Contributing to larger database means that people studying birds can better understand their use of habitat and migration patterns.

To explore eBird and record your findings go to:

To learn more about the Marsh Monitoring Program, Canadian Loon Survey and Nocturnal Owl Survey visit:

To volunteer for the Marsh Monitoring Program, Canadian Loon Survey or Nocturnal Owl Survey contact:

Kathy Jones
Bird Studies Canada Ontario Volunteer Coordinator

Kids in the Biosphere

Free nature activity kits are now available from the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. Simply register online at The kit includes outdoor games, crafts, materials, a nature notebook and a Kids in the Biosphere Activity Booklet. After you register, GBBR will be in touch with you by email with details on where to pick up your Activity Kit.

Shoreline Plastic and Styrofoam Trash<>

This year’s winter storms and high water have unfortunately deposited increased plastic and Styrofoam waste along shorelines and inner bays. Plastics in our water are harmful to human health and to fish and wildlife. Please help with this needed clean-up by carrying extra trash bags on outings and picnics and taking filled bags to one of our Township Waste Transfer Stations.

Current Environment Committee Members

Co-chairs: Katherine and Tom Denune
Members: Peter Adams, Matthew Brown, Tom Denune, Sue Herbold, Teresa Long, Matt Reiter and Brian Rhode

We would love more environment committee members!
Please contact Katherine Denune at if interested