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July 2020

Game of Thrones: Septic Health & Best Practices

July 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The webinar recording is now live on GBBR's YouTube channel, view it here. You can also find a PDF copy of the slides used on the Township of the Archipelago's Environment page. Join this free, one-hour webinar on what every home and cottage owner needs to know about their septic system.     About the presenter: Greg Mason, as GBBR General Manager, has been part of the management team since 2008. With a B.Sc in Environmental Science (Carleton) and Masters

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Seeing the Trees & the Forest: Meet Your Forest Pests

July 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The webinar recording is now live on GBBR’s YouTube channel, view it here. Join this free, one-hour webinar on the forest pests currently in the Biosphere and the ones on their way here: Beech Bark Disease, Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Oak Wilt, and more. With guest hosts Margaret Scott & Barry Davidson of Westwind Forest Stewardship.   About the presenters: Barry Davidson is the Forest Management Plan author, guiding the planning and silvicultural programs at Westwind since 1998.

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August 2020

Birds of the Biosphere

August 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The webinar recording is now live on GBBR’s YouTube channel, view it here. Join this free, one-hour webinar covering the key things to know about local birds: what you are most likely to see in eastern Georgian Bay, tips for better birding, identification and bird calls, plus simple ways we can help our feathered friends. With GBBR’s Tianna Burke & guest host Kenton Otterbein of Killbear Provincial Park.   About the presenters: Kenton Otterbein is the Discovery Program Leader at

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Managing & Monitoring Muskellunge: A Twenty-Year Retrospective and Beyond

August 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The webinar recording is now live on GBBR’s YouTube channel, view it here. Join this free, one-hour webinar as Arunas takes viewers on a journey across twenty years of study on the infamous muskie in Georgian Bay and the North Channel. What does the past tell us about the future of these great fish?  With guest host Arunas Liskauskas of the Upper Great Lakes Management Unit. About the presenter: Arunas Liskauskas is a management biologist with the Ontario Ministry of

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September 2020

Community Gardens & Food Waste (Webinar)

September 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn the basics of starting and maintaining a Community Garden to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from food miles, and support a healthy local food movement. Start-up, seasonal tasks, and ways to manage garden plots will be discussed. An introduction and update on the ‘Food Rescue Program’ will also be provided and information on how you can get involved! Click here to register for Community Gardens & Food Waste About the Presenters: Glenda Clayton is passionate about local and sustainable

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Building Performance: Energy Efficiency & Retrofits at Home (Webinar)

September 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cold in the house? High energy bills? Wanting to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions? Myles Donahue will teach you about upgrades that shrink your bills, improve interior temperature control, and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. You'll also take home a number of resources and programs that will help you get started! Click here to register for Building Performance: Energy Efficiency & Retrofits at Home About the presenter: Myles Donahue is a Certified Energy Advisor with decades of experience consulting with

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October 2020

Understanding and Calculating Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Webinar)

October 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to calculate your personal greenhouse gas emissions using GBB’s carbon calculator. Your results, what is needed to complete the carbon calculator, and general ways to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions will be discussed. The carbon calculator can be found at gbbr.ca/carbon-calculator. Click here to register for Understanding and Calculating Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions.   About the presenter: Benjamin John is the Climate Change & Energy Specialist for GBB where he helps partners and the ICECAP partnership with calculating

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BrewHaHa: Craft Beverage & Comedy with Elvira Kurt

October 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Trestle Brewing Company, 9 Great North Road
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X8 Canada
$20 – $100

Click here to buy tickets through Trestle Brewery. About Elvira Kurt: Elvira Kurt, comedy legend, gay icon and freakin’ national treasure, has won all the awards: Canadian Screen Award, Canadian Comedy Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award! She slays locally: Toronto Fringe Festival Patron’s Pick / NOW Magazine Top 5 and globally: World Film Fest: Gold. She’s a killer stand-up comic, sold out solo show knockout (Funny AF, Fearless, Homosexual Panic, Fired Up) and Second City veteran whose credits as star, host,

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Climate Change Adaptation: Building Shoreline Resilience (Webinar)

October 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

There are a number of ways climate change impacts us. Learn about future climate change impacts in the region, why they should be addressed now, and efforts you can undertake to make your shoreline property more resilient. Click here to register for Climate Change Adaptation: Building Shoreline Resilience.   About the presenter: Julia Sutton has worked with plants and landscaping for over twenty years, and specifically with native plants after obtaining her post graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration in 2006.

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November 2020

Annual General Meeting

November 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online

You're Invited to our Annual General Meeting! Tuesday, November 17th 6:00pm to 7:00pm RSVP by email or call 705.774.0978 to receive an link to join us online!

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March 2021

Teachings and Ceremony that Guide our Life Path (Webinar)

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is joined by Waabkaniikwe for a cultural learning experience. Waab will begin by sharing how the Creation Story informs our life path and then share information on the Sweet Water Moon, connection to 13 moons, and what each moon can teach us. There will be an optional follow up discussion for participants to reflect on this learning on Friday March 12th, 10:00am. Click here to register!

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Gypsy Moth & Emerald Ash Borer: Understanding Local Forest Pests (Webinar)

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Gypsy moth is an invasive forest pest that defoliates hardwood trees. Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle species responsible for killing millions of ash trees in Southern Ontario. Join the Biosphere and Westwind Forest Stewardship to learn more about these pests, what their presence could mean for your trees, and strategies to manage the impacts. Click Here to Register! This webinar is offered in partnership with the Township of the Archipelago.

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April 2021

Getting Your Garden Started (Webinar)

April 15 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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