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 of the Bay and to take action to address them. We are always looking for new members, so please feel free to contact me if you would like to contribute to our efforts or if you have special concerns.

Katherine Denune, Environment Chair kdenune2@gmail.com

2020 Update – July 19, 2020

Note: COVID-19 has restricted our group efforts this summer. However, in spite our limitations, there are still some wonderful efforts and activities we can all join in doing on our own or as a family unit. Be sure to check out the programs listed below.

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve Webinars

Birds of the Biosphere    August 13th @ 11:00am -12:00pm



Managing & Monitoring Muskellunge: A Twenty-Year Retrospective and Beyond

August 27th @ 11:00am-12:00pm

Register for the GBBR Webinars here: https://www.gbbr.ca/event/birds-of-the-biosphere/


Seeing the Trees & the Forest: Meet Your Forest Pests

Watch this fantastic past webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEhh7Geux88

Georgian Bay Land Trust LandMark Speaker Series Webinars

Living on the Edge: The ecology and behavior of Canada Jays in Algonquin Park

August 8th @ 10am

Special Presentation: LandMark Speaker Series for kids!    August 15th @ 10am

Georgian Bay Turtles with Dr. Pat Chow-Fraser


Register for the LandMark Webinars here: https://www.gblt.org/events/landmark-speaker-series/


“Kids in the Biosphere” Kits – Now available for pick up and registration at SSCA Docks.

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve in partnership with the Township of the Archipelago is offering the 8th season of this fun interactive program that connects kids and families with nature on the Georgian Bay.

A limited number of kits are now available for pick up and registration at the SSCA Docks. When you go to get them, ask a SSCA staff member for assistance. The kits will be in a plastic container on or near the SSCA docks. Kits are also available online at www.gbbr.ca/kits-signup and will be sent through Canada Post when requested.

Throughout the summer, check out the GBBR online Photo Album to see everyone’s findings and the Kids in the Biosphere Blog for weekly info on nature’s happenings and answers to your questions.

At summer’s end, email GBBR a photo of your Scorecard from the Kit and you will be entered to win one of three grand prizes!

“Conservation Quest 2020” with the Georgian Bay Land Trust

Conservation Quest is for Kids 8-12 who want to learn more about Georgian Bay’s plants and animals, and how we can all play a role in maintaining a healthy environment for generations to come. This year this virtual program is running ten weeks from June 29 – August 31.

A new activity is posted online and emailed to participants every Monday. Kids can share their discoveries by email and have their results featured in a weekly blog.

Sign up at www.gblt.org/cq  or view the weekly activities online here (https://www.gblt.org/conservation-quest-activities/) You can also visit the Conservation Quest Blog (https://www.gblt.org/conservation-quest-blog/)

Help Monitor Invasive Phragmites Patches

Over the past three summers, SSSCA volunteers have been very successful in eliminating and significantly reducing invasive phragmites patches along our shores. This year we hope to find out how we have been doing by having volunteers visit a patch or two and describe what they see along with taking a photo of the site. Major patches we have cut in the past are in Echo Bay, on the side of Blanchette Island, in Swimming Snake Bay and along Kineras Island. This monitoring data will be sent to Heather Sargeant of Georgian Bay Forever to help with their on-going effort to control phragmites in our region. Please contact Katherine Denune at kdenune2@gmail.com if you can help. Katherine has a complete list of these and other phragmites patch locations and will be compiling the data she receives to send to Georgian Bay Forever at the end of the summer.

Help Remove Shoreline Plastic Trash and Litter

High water has destroyed docks and washed up an increasing amount of Styrofoam chunks and plastic. We have learned that this contributes significantly to microplastic pollution in the Bay that is both a threat to wildlife and our own health and well-being. You can Help! Let’s all do our part to get this stuff off our shores and to a Public Waste Transfer Station. This year with Covid-19 we are all on our own in this effort, but any plastic debris you can remove from the Bay now is one more item out of harms way. Next year we hope to organize again our SSCA community shoreline clean-up efforts.

Download iNaturalist to Help Science gather Biodiversity Information

iNaturalist is an online community that allows each of us to connect and share nature observations, from rare species to the most common. These observations help guide a variety of conservation, research, and mitigation initiatives. The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve based in Parry Sound would like you to join with them in this citizen science project. www.inaturalist.ca/projects/georgian-bay-biosphere.

It’s easy to start: Sign up at iNaturalist.ca. Download the iNaturalist app on your phone. Search “Projects” and join “Georgian Bay Biosphere”.

Now you are ready to record your sightings: birds, turtles, insects, mammals, etc. – all data received is important to help science and to protect biodiversity in our precious and unique environment.


Latest News

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On June 16, 2020, a resolution was passed to change the Biosphere's operating name to Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere and adopt a new logo.  Mnidoo Gamii is the traditional Ojibwa name for Georgian Bay.  For common usage, the name Georgian Bay Biosphere (GBB) will be used and the former GBBR ...

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September 2020 - Over half of the known phragmites stands in our SSCA area were monitored this summer and a report was sent to GBF.  Most of the 13 stands that were checked show no signs of regrowth while the others have very few phragmites present. This is great news and shows that our removal efforts ...