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 to reduce them, and implement plans for action – thereby saving them and their residents money. Coordinated by the Georgian Bay Biosphere, ICECAP is a

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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 responsible for developing and delivering Indigenous environmental education programs and public outreach pertaining to the Georgian Bay Biosphere, to a variety of audiences. Application Deadline

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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 to assess local populations of species at risk, their associated threats, and respond with appropriate conservation practices. The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting

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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 Studies at Parry Sound High School and has been involved with the GBBR’s activities since 2008 as an active part of our Education Advisory Committee

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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 the volunteer and business ticket sellers, truly we could not have done this without the volunteer support. Thank you also to the hundreds of ticket

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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 about birds and their needs, but also can lead to increased psychological well-being. When done properly, supplementing local birds with seeds and suet can help

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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. Instead of the classic gift card, pass along the good will to those in need. 2. Buy gifts close to home. When we purchase gifts

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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 Climate Action Plans (ICECAP) and the Community Nominated Priority Place (CNPP) to support species at risk. ICECAP is a partnership between First Nations and municipalities

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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 someone with experience to enhance the products, packages and itineraries within the Georgian Bay Biosphere region with our partners. If you have the necessary technical

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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 the ability to work independently and have a strong interest in community development.The successful candidate will provide critical administrative support for the management, staff and

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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 of protected nature across lands and oceans, in an effort to protect the habitats vital to the survival of important Canadian species. On September 4,

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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 and commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is a program that over 350 municipalities in Canada have already joined. Those that have signed a

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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 apply is August 23rd, 2019 @ 4pm. View the Job Description and application instructions.


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 a draw will be held every Thursday evening. “Our fundraising committee had a long list of ideas and decided to try this one because it

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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 of the Marten clan, Shawanaga is my home, and I am an Anishinabekwe. I have been working with the Biosphere for a little over a

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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 through 163 grants under the PromoScience Program. One of those grants is going to the Georgian Bay Biosphere’s (GBB) core education program, “Lessons-in-a-Backpack” for students

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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 as raising donations. Their environmental education work will once again be supported at the Biosphere bake sale, taking place at their office on 11 James

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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? There are so many reasons to love Georgian Bay, and anyone that lives here or has ever visited can tell you theirs. In fact, they

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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 to protect the biosphere,” says Becky Pollock, executive director. “We also see opportunities to lead on energy efficiencies and energy production that provides and supports

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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 rock. Learn about the role of coastal wetlands and biodiversity, cultural harvests and trade routes and see how this ecosystem responds to the recent forest

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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 Parry Sound along the shore of Georgian Bay. Since meeting at Queens’ University, the couple completed their Master programs at UBC and have since been

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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 alignment will be initiated with members from both boards sitting on a new Stewardship Committee. Terry Crawford, Chair of EGBSC said that: “under the excellent

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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 of the Marten clan, Shawanaga is my home, and I am an Anishinabekwe. For four weeks this summer, the Shawanaga First Nation Healing Centre hosted

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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? If you own the first edition of the Kids in the Biosphere Activity Booklet, your answers to these questions will be “Yes!” Released by the

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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 – or if the population is declining. Fish are a useful indicator of aquatic ecosystem health because they reflect changes in nutrients, prey availability, water quality

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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, phosphorus is an important nutrient for us to measure when we study the health of our ecosystem. You can imagine that there wouldn’t be many

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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 Georgian Bay and they are essential to a healthy environment. Unfortunately, wetlands across the world are at risk from shoreline modifications invasive species and from

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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 of fish. But what feeds the fish that they eat? Scientists are researching what they call “the lower food web” in Georgian Bay, and we

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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 areas within a biosphere reserve, such as national and provincial parks, provide the physical space—or ecosystems—species need to thrive. In eastern Georgian Bay, we have

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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 other human activities has increased the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere from 280 parts per million to 400 parts per million in the last

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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 species that we can find in our Biosphere, but all of these are also species at risk of extinction. Eastern Georgian Bay is home to

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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 2008, conservation groups asked the same questions and launched a research program that led to the first “State of the Bay” report in 2013 to

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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 was read at area elementary schools to over 700 students, many of whom attended the event with their families. Each page of the book was

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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 a simple version of one of nature’s most complex mammals. Bats might seem spooky at first, but they play a vital role in the ecosystem

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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 as a first step in strengthening the knowledge base for biologists and the public concerning bats in eastern Georgian Bay. For this project, a “bat

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Rattlesnake research presentation at Killbear Provincial Park.

Bioblitz at Killbear Provincial Park

On Saturday June 10th, over 150 people came out to count the species in Killbear Provincial Park. It was part of a “Bioblitz” where experts helped people to observe nature and learn about biodiversity.  Fifteen different sessions were offered throughout the day, from early birding to late night owl prowls and moth identification. Other guided

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Bioblitz Challenge: Citizen Science Time!

Scientists use surveys to learn which plants and animals are in an ecosystem, sometimes referred too as measuring biodiversity. The more different types (or species) of animals and plants are found, the greater the biodiversity! This system is also a good way to monitor changes in what species are present. This system can turn up

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