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How Does a Woodpecker Eat?

Have you ever seen a woodpecker foraging on a tree and think “Ouch!  That must hurt the woodpecker!”. Woodpeckers hammer into trees to search for food (insects and sap) and to excavate a cavity for nesting! But…how do they reach deep into these cavities and crevices to reach their food? Pileated Woodpecker Well… they have […]

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Everyone can be a citizen scientist!

Have you ever gone outside and counted the birds at your bird feeder?  How about counted monarch butterflies? Perhaps you’ve gone to a local pond to see what different frogs you can catch?  Well, you are on the way to becoming a citizen scientist!! Citizen science is the collection of environmental data by members of […]

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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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We’re Batty for Bats!

Have you started the “Bugs in the Belly” activity yet?  At the GBBR, we think bats are awesome, but but many people are confused by the myths surrounding bats. Myths are widely held beliefs that often explain something in the natural world. Another word for myth is: tale, legend, folklore or story. Let’s take a […]

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Lighting up the Backyard

On warm summer nights you may have noticed fireflies blinking light on and off. It’s hard to imagine what a firefly looks like without catching one and seeing it up close! With the “Insects in the Night” activity, we want to make sure that the firefly is safe when you capture it! So, let’s see […]

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Don’t get tongue tied!

Have you ever noticed that snakes flick their tongues? Did you notice their tongue is forked (split into two)?  Some people think this is strange… but the reason why is so cool!Snakes have nostrils like we do, these are only to breathe.  When a snake needs to smell, it uses it’s tongue!  Flicking their tongue […]

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The Sky is the Limit!

Weather is amazing!  It gives us warm sunny days, cool breezes, refreshing rain, and awesome thunderstorms.  Weather is the word we use to describe what happens in the Earth’s atmosphere that creates clouds, rain, and other forms of precipitation (like snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain or hail).  The science behind studying the atmosphere, especially weather […]

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Welcome to Kids in the Biosphere 2017!

Are you ready to have an awesome summer this year in the Georgian Bay Biosphere?  There are always amazing things to do and explore in Georgian Bay, and we are so excited that your summer plans include us! WHAT’S NEW? Check out the Kids in the Biosphere webpage for new activities. Visit back here every […]

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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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Finding a Pollution Solution

People explore Georgian Bay in many ways: sailing, kayaking, swimming, even scuba diving and more!  We all want the water in Georgian Bay to be clean for people, animals and plants. But the Great Lakes now contain a type of pollution that is hard to see – tiny microplastics! Plastic microbeads are tiny pieces of […]

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Bird Talk, Chitchatter, & Calls

Birds are talkative animals, often calling (quite loudly) to one another. But what exactly are they saying?Here are some birds you may hear in the GBBR, and what they are talking about.1.    Black-capped chickadeeThe famous chick-a-dee-dee call is an alarm used to tell other chickadees of nearby danger. The closer a predator gets, and more […]

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We’re Like’n Lichens!

Ever noticed a green or orange rock while out exploring Georgian Bay? It’s likely that you’ve discovered a rock covered in lichen!Lichens are actually made up of two living things, an algae and a fungus. They join up together in a symbiotic relationship, where they both benefit from living together.Algae produce energy from the sun […]

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Prevent Plastic Pollution

We love exploring the waters of Georgian Bay! People use the Bay to go fishing, sailing, kayaking, swimming and even scuba diving!  We all want our lakes to be clean for us, animals and plants. But there is a sneaky type of pollution making its way into the water – plastic microbeads!Plastic microbeads are tiny […]

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Reach for the Stars – Summer Stargazing

Now that nights are getting warmer, we’re excited to do some stargazing! Stargazing can be hard when you’re in a big city. The lights from buildings, streetlights and cars can block our view of the night sky. The extra light can be confusing for animals such as birds and insects that use moonlight and starlight […]

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Kids in the Biosphere – You are doing GREAT!

 Hi Everyone! It seems the farther into summer we go, the larger the things we are finding in the Biosphere, just check out these amazing observations: Tall invasive Mullen                                                          A Moose in Sans Souci                         […]

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Butterflies and Moths, Oh My!

Monarch Caterpillar – Eaton Family Hello my friends! One thing you guys are finding lots of are insects, in particular: caterpillars! Were you able to see the wooly bear caterpillar in the last post? We are seeing butterflies and moths in many of the stages they go through in their life. In each stage they […]

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Special Guest – A Name Has Been Picked

Helloooo Kids in the Biosphere!  Thank you for all your votes! The winner is, drum roll please: Dotty! Come out to the Environment Day in your area to meet Dotty. There will be neat activities and interesting things to see! Parents there will be lots of info for you as well! July 17, 9-12pm: Pointe au Baril Community Centre […]

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KIB Special Guest This Summer

Hello all! This summer we will be having a special guest joining us at the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve… a spotted turtle! Spotted turtles are native to the Biosphere, which means this is their natural habitat. They are one of the smallest turtle species in Ontario (only reaching about 12cm in length) and the only kind […]

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Calling all Biosphere Kids!

Stay tuned this summer for posts about the awesome things people are finding in the Biosphere, cool pictures, answers to your questions, information about kids events and much much more! […]

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