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. Please join us for on our community removal days and learn about what you can do to stop this invasive plant.

To see updated locations of Phragmites near you check out: 

To learn more about Phragmites go to:

Community Removal Days:
Please check back in late July and August to see what days we will be removing Phragmites

Phragmites Questions:
Contact: Katherine Denune at


Water Quality Monitoring

Long-term water quality monitoring is essential to discover if there are abnormalities and trends. Specially, we are interested in monitoring the amounts of phosphorous in the water as phosphorous is the key ingredient in algal blooms. These volunteer based surveys coordinated through the Lake Partners Program monitor both phosphorous levels and water clarity. We currently need volunteers in the Sans Souci area to help with this project.

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

Current Environment Committee Members

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

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