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MSc Position Available in Partnership with Laurentian

Assessment of road mortality mitigation and community ecology of turtles in Eastern Georgian Bay We are seeking a highly motivated and hardworking individual with an interest in Species-at-Risk reptile ecology

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A Tale of a Thousand Turtles

As the sun shines on the edge of a large wetland, over 100 turtles await their return home as staff of the Georgian Bay Biosphere carry them through the reeds.

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Carbon Calculator Contest

 We’re holding a contest! Beginning September 2 nd , 2 names will be drawn every Wednesday on Moose 103.3FM to win a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant or

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GBB Available to Support Outdoor Education

As schools prepare to re-open, we want to share our support. As a community partner to local schools and other education organizations, we want to continue to offer quality learning

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Celebrate Flight of the Monarch Day

Many of us silently celebrate the return of the Monarch butterfly each summer, a butterfly familiar to us since childhood. Monarch populations have not been doing well over the last

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New for Kids: The Kids in the Biosphere Activity Kit

Are you a kid in the Biosphere? Or are you someone that loves to be outside? If yes, then you will want to check this out! This Activity Kit is

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Native Plant Fundraiser a Success!

GBBR’s Native Plant Fundraiser was a great success in June! With some changes made to the pick up and delivery of the native plants, GBBR staff and volunteers helped distribute

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June – Miin Giizis, the Berry Moon

By: Gracie Crafts This month is called the Berry Moon because it is when the berries start to come out. Strawberries (odeimiin) come out first usually followed by raspberries (miskomiin),

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Four Ways to Help Turtles in June

June is a turtley amazing month! With the warm weather, long days, and start to spring, our turtle friends are on the move. Here are four easy ways that you

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Growing Together

Providing Vegetable Planters for our Community at a Time of Need A new campaign called “Growing Together” is going to help people grow a little bit of their own fresh

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Love nature? Join the iNaturalist Project for the Georgian Bay Biosphere

With spring comes many discoveries: migrating birds, singing frogs, and surprising flowers. What better way to welcome in the new season than listening to these sounds and looking for these

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Spring Birds in the Biosphere

There is no better time to become a backyard birder than right now! Rarely do we get the opportunity and time to see spring migration happening right in our backyards.

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Employment Opportunity: First Nation Liaison

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR) is a dynamic, community-based organization looking to fill the position of a First Nations Liaison to assist with the delivery of a Species at

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Employment Opportunity: Biosphere Interpretive Guide

Position Description: the Biosphere Interpretive Guide will be primarily responsible for developing and delivering weekly educational programs and public outreach pertaining to local ecology and the Georgian Bay Biosphere to

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Area Municipalities Take Climate Action

“ICECAP” is launching. The “Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plan” project is a way for all area municipalities and First Nations to understand their greenhouse gas emissions, set targets

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Employment Opportunity: Indigenous Education Intern

In partnership, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (GBBR) and the Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth (GBAY) are seeking applicants for the Indigenous Education Intern (IEI) position. The IEI will be primarily

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Employment Opportunity: Species at Risk Field Technician

The Species at Risk Field Technician will support the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and its partners in the delivery of the Community Nominated Priority Places (CNPP) project.The CNPP project aims

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Spirit of the Biosphere Winner

Congratulations to Johna Hupfield, our annual Spirit of the Biosphere Award winner!  Gichi-apiitendaagwad! Johna is an educator, artist, mentor and mother, among many roles in our community. She teaches Indigenous

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Catch the Ace Comes to a Close

On our first draw of the new year, the Ace of Spades was finally found in envelope #36. Congrats to Stu Fargher who won $5,647! Huge thank you to all

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A Brief on Bird Feeders

For many people, winter signifies the time to put out bird feeders and bring nature closer in your backyard. This interaction enhances appreciation for nature and engages us in learning

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Holiday Tips

The holiday season is coming up! Consider these giving ideas: 1. Pay it forward. There are hundreds of worthy charities in Canada and around the world who rely on donations.

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Employment Opportunity

GBBR is seeking a dynamic, motivated Community Development Intern to assist in the development and coordination of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve’s programs, such as the Integrated Community Energy and

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Employment Opportunity

We are hiring! GBBRis a dynamic, community-based organization looking to fill the position of a Tourism Product Developer. Do you have a passion for outdoor adventure? We are looking for

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Employment Opportunity

We are hiring! GBBRis a dynamic, community-based organization looking to fill the position of Executive Administrator-Office Manager. The candidate will have strong administrative, social, organizational and computer skills combined with

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Georgian Bay Region Selected for Coastal Conservation Project

This spring, the UN released a scientific report that shows a million species are at risk of extinction, many within decades. The Government of Canada committed to doubling the amount

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Area Municipalities Are Taking Climate Action

Area municipalities are taking climate change seriously. With support from the Georgian Bay Biosphere, councils were asked to support a resolution to join the national “Partners for Climate Protection” program

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Employment Opportunity

The Mnidoo-gamii – Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth Initiative, led by the GBBR and its Cultural Advisory Circle partners, is seeking applicants for the position of Indigenous Youth Assistant. Deadline to

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GBB Launches Catch the Ace

The Georgian Bay Biosphere will be holding a “Catch the Ace” progressive lottery to raise funds for conservation and education programs. Tickets will be sold weekly starting July 26th and

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Indigenous Youth Update

Boozhoo Kiinaweya! Greetings everyone! Zhowshkawabunokwe miinwaa Kyla ndizhnikaaz, Waabzheshii ndoodem, Shawanaga ndoonjeba, Anishinabekwe ndaaw. My Anishinabe name translates to Blue Dawn, my given name is Kyla. I am a member

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Lessons in a Backpack outside. Photo credit: A. Graham

Outdoor Learning expands within Georgian Bay Biosphere

Lessons-in-a-Backpack supported by National Sciences and Engineering Research Council The Government of Canada wants every young person to discover a passion for science and has dedicated $11.9 million in funding

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Earth Week Tradition Continues

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is celebrating its 15th anniversary and they have an ambitious donor campaign underway. GBBR uses Earth Week to raise awareness about living more sustainably as well

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my Gbay Store raises funds for GBB

Barb, owner of my Gbay Is it the iconic windswept pines? The fresh and sparking clean water? Perhaps the jaw-dropping sunsets or the friendly boaters waving as they cruise by?

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Proposed Climate Action Among Local Governments in GBB

Climate change is an urgent priority for our children and grandchildren.  “We all have a responsibility to reduce the harm of greenhouse gas emissions and find creative and adaptive solutions

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Biosphere Kayak Trip Advertisement

Exploring our Biosphere: A Guided Kayak Trip on the French and Pickerel Rivers

Join Biosphere guides to kayak the Pickerel and French River outlets and explore an ecological gem within the biosphere reserve. Geologically, glacial melt waters have carved wondrous formations in the

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Two Happy Couples Donate to GBBR

Julie & Dave This is an August, 2018 photo of Vancouver couple Julie Pett & Dave West enjoying Georgian Bay following their wedding in Fenelon Falls. Dave grew up in

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GBB announces strategic partnership with Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council

The Georgian Bay Biosphere (GBB) and the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council (EGBSC) are working together to foster stronger stewardship work for eastern Georgian Bay and inland lakes. This strategic

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Wiigwaasi Jiimaanke – Birch Bark Canoe Build

Boozhoo Kiinaweya! Zhowshkawabunokwe miinwaa Kyla ndizhnikaaz, Waabzheshii ndoodem, Shawanaga ndoonjeba, Anishinabekwe ndaaw. Greetings everyone! My Anishinabe name translates to Blue Dawn, my given name is Kyla. I am a member

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Kids in the Biosphere cover page

Kids in the Biosphere Booklet – get yours today!

Have you practiced searching for animal signs in your backyard? Have you given a helping hand to a species at risk? Have you collected photos of your neat nature findings?

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fish underwater

How Are The Fish of Georgian Bay?

One of the best ways to study the state of Georgian Bay is to look at the fish community, and specifically whether each species of fish is naturally reproducing –

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Phosphorus Levels in Georgian Bay are Going Down

Think about what makes life possible under water. Phosphorus is the “food” that microscopic plants and animals need to survive. As the foundation of our food web in Georgian Bay,

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Wetland Photo

Wetland Habitat Facing Change

The home of the great blue heron, feeding grounds for rattlesnakes and fox snakes, and breeding habitats for numerous amphibians are all being threatened. These are the coastal wetlands of

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Food Web Connects Us All

Many of us love hearing the call of a loon or seeing a majestic bald eagle. These species are the top of the food chain, relying on a healthy diet

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A Connected Landscape is Necessary for Healthy Ecosystems

When the United Nations launched the World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 1970, one of its main goals was to conserve landscapes, ecosystems, individual species and genetic variation. Core protected

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Climate Change in Georgian Bay – Part 2: Many Ways to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Georgian Bay is warming, our local food web is collapsing, and invasive species are on the rise. With each passing decade, we make the ecosystems upon which we depend more

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Climate Change in Georgian Bay – Part 1

Since the Industrial Revolution, when we began burning coal and then oil, people have been changing the planet’s climate. According to NASA and the world’s scientists, burning fossil fuels and

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A Western Hognose Snake. Photo credit: Tianna Burke

Endangered Species on the Rise

Monarch Butterfly. Eastern Foxsnakes. Massasauga Rattlesnakes. Whip-poor-will. Bald Eagle. Blanding’s Turtle. Little Brown Bat. Lake Sturgeon. What do all of these species have in common? Not only are they iconic

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Biosphere Releases State of the Bay Ecosystem Health Report 2018

Do you ever wonder about the state of Georgian Bay? How is the water and habitat for wildlife and fish? How is climate change affecting the Parry Sound area? In

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Student Authors Launch Award-winning Book

Over 200 people attended Building Our Bridge: Our Journey to Reconciliation at the Stockey Centre on November 9th to support student’s work at Parry Sound High School.   The book

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Little Bat

Spooky Situation for Bats in the Biosphere

Silhouettes and cartoon images of bats are common sights as Halloween approaches. At a time when local bat species are beginning their hibernation or have already migrated, these illustrations portray

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Delaina Arnold and Tianna Burke in front of the bat mobile and a bat house. Credit D Bywater

Local Bats a Concern for New Research

A two-year research project has begun to understand the species, populations and ranges of local bats that are considered species-at-risk. The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is undertaking a broad survey

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