Environment

Members of the SSCA Environment Committee are passionate about the amazing Georgian Bay ecosystem. Our purpose is to educate and raise awareness about the threats to this special region and take action to address them. We are always looking for new members.

Katherine Denune (chair)

News for 2019

We have a busy 2019 summer of opportunities to learn about and protect our Bay environment.
Kids in the Biosphere: New activity kits are here for 2019 containing wonderful nature and environmental projects. Kids or grandkids at the cottage? Keep them engaged in the outdoors by signing up your family at  kids@gbbr.ca  or contact Katherine Denune   kdenune2@gmail.com   to register and get your one kit/ family.
Bay Day: July 13th, 10 am at the SSCA Community Centre. Join in a community shoreline clean up. Boats will head off to collect plastic trash and return at 12:30 to measure what we’ve found. Bring a picnic lunch if desired and join us for cookies and refreshments with prizes for the most plastic collected. Trash collection kits to be supplied by Georgian Bay Forever.
Contact Katherine Denune at kdenune2@gmail.com.
Explore Our Shores Hike: Monday, July 29, 11 am. Join naturalists from Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and learn about the State of Bay and Wreck Island’s natural ecology. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike. Meet at Wreck Island Docks.
For more information contact: info@gbbr.ca 705-774-0978 or kdenune2@gmail.com.
Rain date is Tuesday July 30.
Invasive Phragmites Control: Stay tuned for cutting and control of phragmites on our shorelines. Learn how to identify and control this threat to our wetlands near your cottage. Community phragmites cutting to be announced.
Additional Environment Information that’s good to know:
Sign up for “Families for Change”: Check out this opportunity to protect our bay environment organized by Georgian Bay Forever. To learn more and register go to
https://georgianbayforever.org/f4c/
GBF Trash Collection Kits Available: Your help is needed to Clean Shoreline Styrofoam and Plastic. High water and storms have dramatically increased the amount of broken Styrofoam that breaks down into small plastic particles over time. Let’s nip this pollution in the bud this summer by taking collection bags with us on outings to pick up what we can. Trash Kits will be available on Bay Day, July 13th.  If you want a trash kit prior to July 13th, contact Katherine kdenune2@gmail.com.
SSCA and Lake Partners Program Water Quality Monitoring: Monitoring sites have been expanded this summer to Sans Souci, Iron City, Clear Bay and Port Rawson Bay.  Many thanks to our volunteer water samplers!
Tick Awareness Alert: Deer ticks are more prevalent this Spring. Be sure to do a daily body check for ticks after working in grasses and bush to avoid Lyme disease exposure.
Participate in Citizen Science: Data collection is important to monitor changes in in bird populations, species at risk, invasive plants and water quality. Do your part and participate in these useful projects. Visit www.gbbr.ca, click on Environment and then click on Citizen Science to learn more and help out.
Island Queen Eco Tour – New in 2019: Travel aboard the 40 passenger “Islander” for a hike on Huckleberry Island in the Big Sound, led by Georgian Bay Reserve Naturalists.  Duration: 2.5 hours.  Visit www.islandqueencruise.com to learn more.

 


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