Small Change Fund- Lessons-in-a-Backpack
Kids in our community have a UNESCO Biosphere in their backyard! The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is an area of 347,000 hectares stretching 200 km along the eastern coast from Port Severn to the French River in the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, also known as the 30,000 Islands. The unique geography and geology of the area create more than 1,000 distinct habitat types supporting rare species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
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Thank you Parry Sound 4-H Club and Sail Parry Sound. Both groups pitched in to help this week to pick up garbage around Waubuno Beach and the Rotary Fitness Trail. The good news is that relatively little garbage was picked up. There were a few large pieces of Styrofoam that had escaped from someone’s dock. Unfortunately the most common trash was cigarette butts. Probably the greatest myth surrounding cigarette butt littering is that because they’re so small, they are relatively harmless.
Each butt contains remnants of tobacco and paper, as well as the filter. Filters are actually made from plastic filaments. This degrades very slowly – anywhere between 2 months and 5 years, depending on exposure to air and water.
Cigarette filters are specifically designed to accumulate particulate smoke components, including toxic chemicals such as cadmium, lead, arsenic and zinc. Littered butts leach these chemicals as they decompose, contributing to soil and water pollution and impacting on wildlife habitat.
It is estimated that around one in ten cigarette butts ends up in our rivers, bays and waterways. Being little and lightweight, they are easily carried into our waterways.
Cigarette filters have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds, and other animals who mistake them for food, instead swallowing harmful plastic and toxic chemicals.
Please help out and ensure cigarette butts are disposed of properly and not left on our beautiful beach.
April 20th and April 27th
Canadore West Parry Sound Campus
Learn how to create a healthier home, support local food programs, and utilize active transportation. Alternative cleaning supplies, simple energy and water conservation tips to save you money will be discussed. Head outside to discover the biosphere in your backyard from wildlife and species at risk to understanding the ecology of Georgian Bay.
$105.15 for both sessions
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The Ontario Reptile & Amphibians Atlas app has arrived.
Ontario Nature’s Ontario Reptile & Amphibian Atlas App will allow you to learn about Ontario’s reptiles and amphibians, report sightings to a provincial conservation program, and track your sightings.
•Identify more than 50 species of reptiles and amphibians that occur in Ontario
•Profile on each species includes 3 colour photos, a current range map, and descriptive text for identification
•Report sightings of species to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas
•All submitted observations recorded in “My sightings” allows users to keep track of species they’ve seen*
•Links to www.ontarionature.org/atlas to provide more information on species
•Uses phone’s internal mapping software, camera, and clock to allow you to submit sightings in less than 30 seconds while in the field.
This project is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Species at Risk Stewardship Fund and Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program.
This app is currently available for iPhone, iTouch and iPad. Android app will be available later in 2013!
If you don’t have any of the mobile devices listed, please visit our Species at Risk page to report a sighting.
Please check out this link for Canadore College’s 1st Annual Energy Fair.
April 2, 2013 10-2PM
College Drive Campus, North Bay