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April 2021

Getting Your Garden Started (Webinar)

April 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

NEW DATE! Thursday April 15th, 10:00 am EST Are you new to fruit and veggie gardening? Have you tried a few veggies and think you're ready to explore more? This webinar is for you! Join the Georgian Bay Biosphere and Parry Sound Community Garden Coordinator, Glenda Clayton, as we review strategies, tips, and tricks to help your veggie garden flourish this season. In this free webinar, we'll look at seed starting, transplant, mapping the garden, timing, maintenance, and more! The

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Rotary Club Date Night

April 24, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Enjoy a delicious 3 course take-out dinner, with wine & flowers! This fundraiser is for the Parry Sound Rotary Club, supported by Crossroads Restaurant. Ticket proceeds go to support community and environmental initiatives in our region! The Date Night Menu includes: A spring salad, Grilled strip loin of beef with spring vegetables and roasted potatoes or roasted chicken with tomato risotto, A triple berry gallete with cream fraiche, and Red or white wine.

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Learning About Miskiikenh – Turtles (Webinar)

April 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

All 6 turtle species in the Biosphere are considered to be at-risk. Turtles are ecologically important and also deeply embedded in Anishinaabe culture. Join the Georgian Bay Biosphere and Magnetawan First Nation to learn more about the turtles found in the Biosphere. Why are they at-risk? How can you make a difference? We will also share knowledge on the importance of turtles in Anishnaabe culture. We promise you a turtley awesome time! Click here to register for this webinar! Bonus!

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May 2021

Best for the Biosphere: Gardening with Native Plants (Webinar)

May 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join the Georgian Bay Biosphere and the Georgian Bay Master Gardeners to learn about some of the native plant species in the Biosphere's upcoming plant fundraiser! In this free webinar, we'll look at some basic garden design approaches and top tips, seed saving strategies for native plants, and site specific species recommendations. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with our local panel of expert gardeners. Click here to register!   Learn more about the Biosphere's annual Native Plant

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Problem Plants: Invasive Phragmites & Japanese Knotweed (Webinar)

May 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Invasive species threaten the natural ecosystem and infrastructure around us. Join the Georgian Bay Biosphere for the first of this two-part series on invasive species. In this free webinar we’ll look in detail at how to identify, prevent the spread of, and manage two high-profile species: Phragmites (European Common Reed) and Japanese Knotweed. We'll end with w Q&A session led by Biosphere staff and Georgian Bay Forever. Click here to register! This webinar is offered in partnership with the Municipality

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Native Plant Fundraiser

May 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is offering the 5th annual Native Plant Fundraiser! Over 40 species of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers are available. Order deadline: Friday May 28th Learn more and place your order here!   Bonus! Learn more about these plants with the Best for the Biosphere: Gardening with Native Plants webinar on Thursday May 6th. Register here.  

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June 2021

Problem Pests: Forest Invaders

June 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

If you’ve ever wondered which forest pests are invasive and which are simply a natural part of forest ecosystems in the region, this webinar is for you. Join the Biosphere and Westwind Forest Stewardship for a free webinar looking at several forest pests and pathogens of concern including beech bark disease, forest tent caterpillar, and emerald ash borer. Also learn about some pests that are not yet found in our region such as Asian long-horned beetle and hemlock wooly adelgid. Learn about tips for

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Septic System Health & You (Webinar)

June 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In this free webinar, we're joined by Danielle Ward from Adams Brothers Construction as she shares information on grey water pits, composting toilets, septic inspections, and more! Learn how important and simple it can be to keep your septic in tip top shape. Short term care can mean long term savings and peace of mind! Click here to register! This webinar is offered in partnership with the Township of the Archipelago.

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July 2021

Lessons from an Ontario Biosphere in Phragmites Management & Habitat Restoration (Webinar)

July 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

In this exciting webinar, we're joined by Heather Braun from Environment and Climate Change Canada as she shares her work on the management of Phragmites and the recovery of native species in the Long Point region of Ontario. Phragmites is an invasive aquatic plant which spreads very quickly and has damaged Ontario's shoreline ecosystems for decades. Learn how to spot phragmites and what you can do to control the spread. Register here for this webinar!

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Annual General Meeting

July 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Our 2021 AGM will be virtual using Zoom. RSVP to get your online link. Contact Laura at [email protected] or 705.774.0978

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Living Alongside Zhiishiigweg, the Massasauga Rattlesnake (Webinar)

July 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Massasauga Rattlesnake, Zhiishiigweg in Anishinaabemowin, is well known as Ontario's only venomous snake, but there is so much more to this amazing animal.  Join the Biosphere and Killbear Provincial Park's Discovery Team Leader Kenton Otterbein to learn how to properly identify this species, share the cultural connections in the region, and explore their lives - what they eat, where they go, and how we can live alongside each other. Click here to register!

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August 2021

The 7 Grandfather Gifts (Webinar)

August 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Georgian Bay Biosphere welcomes back Waabkaniikwe for a cultural learning experience about the 7 Grandfather Gifts. The grandfather gifts help guide many processes within First Nation communities, and offer a foundation of culture through teachings. Click Here to Register! 

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Climate Action: Project SPEEDIER (Webinar)

August 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Project SPEEDIER (Smart, Proactive, Enabled, Energy Distribution – Intelligently, Efficiently and Responsive) aims to create a grid that builds towards a net zero smart community in the Town of Parry Sound. This is a unique opportunity where a rural municipality of 6,000 residents is pledging to be net zero in partnership with Bracebridge Generation. In partnership with the Georgian College Research and Innovation Department the project's greenhouse gas emissions impacts have been calculated. This research will be critical to the

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September 2021

Honey Bee Festival

September 25, 2021 - October 2, 2021

The Honey Bee Festival 2021 will be a hybrid event to allow us to engage safely in person and virtually between September 25 and October 2, 2021. Come to Honey Harbour on October 2, 2021 to enjoy the Honey Bee Marketplace and the Artist Walk. That night there will be a ‘couch party’ in which you'll be entertained from the comfort of your own home with friends and family. Enjoy a great show and auction items to bid on! This

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October 2021

Why are Solstices Celebrated? (Webinar)

October 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Georgian Bay Biosphere welcomes back Waabkaniikwe for a cultural learning experience about solstice. Solstices are a time to gather, honour the time of year, and for renewal. There will be an optional follow up discussion for participants to reflect on this learning on Friday October 8th, 10:00am. Click Here to Register! 

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Biosphere Walk: Mushroom Foray – SOLD OUT

October 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Harmony Outdoor Inn, 6 Harmony Lane
Parry Sound, Ontario Canada
$30

Join Chef Roy & the Biosphere to celebrate the humble mushroom this fall at Harmony Inn, Parry Sound. This Biosphere Walk includes a guided hike where we'll learn to identify several common fungi species. After the hike, we'll cook and taste our harvest! Space is limited, only 10 tickets available.  Purchase your tickets here.

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Climate Action: Electric Vehicles 101 (Webinar)

October 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

There are numerous economic and environmental advantages to making the switch to an Electric Vehicle (EV). In this webinar, we're joined by Kenneth Bokor of the Electric Vehicle Society who will share: advantages of driving an electric vehicle, options for purchasing an electric vehicle, and where prospective buyers can learn more. Expect to learn what Electric Vehicles are all about and why they are becoming “main stream” with wide adoption worldwide. Be sure to stay for a Q&A session after

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November 2021

Wildfire in the Georgian Bay Biosphere (Webinar)

November 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The 2018 Key River wildfire burned over 11,000 hectares of the northern region of the Georgian Bay Biosphere including the French River Provincial Park. In this webinar, Professor Mike Waddington will share research by members of the McMaster Ecohydrology Lab on the impacts of the fire on the rock barrens ecosystems and habitat as well as an overview of the recovery of the landscape in the first three years following the fire. Click here to register! 

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Kids in the Biosphere: Bats Are Brilliant

November 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum on Tower Hill, 17 George Street
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X4 Canada

NEW DATE: November 6th, 10:00am  Join the Biosphere to learn about Ontario's bat species! Together we'll build a bat house (one per family), play some bat games, and more!  Ages 8-12 Halloween costumes welcome!  One parent/guardian per family is welcome to join Bats are Brilliant. NOTE: Per Museum on Tower Hill COVID-19 protocols, anyone over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of vaccination status when they enter the venue. All participants are required to wear masks throughout

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Welcoming Winter: Walk & Waggle

November 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
School Hoouse Trail, Violet Drive
Port Severn, Ontario Canada
By Donation

Join us on Wednesday November 10th from 10:00am - 11:30am for a dog friendly walk down the School House Trail, located at the end of Violet Drive in Port Severn. This walk is a great introduction to the Biosphere, plus we'll talk about what different wildlife species are up to as winter approaches! Click Here to Register! 

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Kids in the Biosphere: Forest Art

November 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Humphrey Nature Trails, 115 ON-141
Humphrey, Ontario Canada
By Donation

Join us to create art in the forest and explore patterns in nature! Ages 6-12, register by donation. Space is limited! Click here to register! 

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December 2021

The 13 Moons (Webinar)

December 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Georgian Bay Biosphere welcomes back Waabkaniikwe for a cultural learning experience about the 13 Moons. Within Nishinaabe belief, there are 13 moons that are honoured. Each moon offers a time to reflect, look forward and guide our life. There will be an optional follow up discussion for participants to reflect on this learning on Tuesday December 7th, 10:00am. Click Here to Register! 

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Kids in the Biosphere: Christmas Bird Count

December 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Stockey Centre, 2 Bay Street
Parry Sound, Ontario Canada
By Donation

The Parry Sound Nature Club and Kids in the Biosphere are coming together for this year's Kids Christmas Bird Count!   Families are welcome to join this fun winter bird-watching event, no experience necessary. Together we'll learn about local birds, spot some feathered friends, and be citizen scientists!   We will meet at 2 Bay Street, Parry Sound, the right parking lot at the Stockey Centre. From there we will walk the Waterfront Trail and return back.   This year we

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Winter Photo Prowl: Beginners Edition (Biosphere Walk)

December 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Rose Point Trail – Glenn Burney Rd Access, Glenn Burney Road
Seguin, Ontario Canada
By Donation

Join Biosphere staff on a guided hike to learn simple tips and tricks for winter photography. No experience is required! Bring any type of camera (including phones) and leave with great photos and new skills!    Click here to register! 

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January 2022

From Fireplaces to Pancakes: ASHMuskoka (Webinar)

January 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Central Ontario forests, including much of the Georgian Bay shoreline, suffer a legacy of widespread calcium decline. The Friends of the Muskoka Watershed launched a community-based project to collect calcium-rich fireplace and woodstove ashes from 100s of Muskoka residents. The project will explore the benefits of ash additions to restore soil and forest health. Join this free webinar for an update of how calcium can move from your fireplace to your pancakes, while restoring forest health and fostering a nature-based

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