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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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Kids in the Biosphere PD Day

January 28 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Parry Sound Forest School, 1 College Drive
Parry Sound, Ontario

We're teaming up with Parry Sound Forest School!  Space is limited, register today: www.psforestschool.com

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March 2022

Lake Sturgeon (Name) Knowledge Sharing Workshop

March 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Free

Join Shawanaga First Nation and the Georgian Bay Biosphere for one OR both days of a lake sturgeon (name) knowledge sharing workshop. Hear presentations on lake sturgeon (name) research and provide input on challenges and opportunities facing lake sturgeon (name) populations in eastern Georgian Bay. Register for the workshop HERE.

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Biosphere Walk: Ziigwaan Syrup Stroll

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Humphrey Nature Trails, 115 ON-141
Humphrey, Ontario Canada
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Join GBAY and GBB at Humphrey Nature Trails to learn about how different tree species transition into spring (ziigwaan), and the sweet syrup that it can bring!   Register for this walk here! 

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Life on the Bay Virtual Stewardship Party

March 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is launching the second edition of the Life on the Bay Stewardship Guide! Join this virtual stewardship party to celebrate with us and enjoy a line up of speakers on key stewardship topics. Register here 1. Shorelines & Native Plants - Julia Sutton, Sweetfern Consulting A naturalized shoreline is a strong and healthy shoreline. Native plants offer a range of benefits and are sure to please! 2. Forest Pests & Diseases - Margaret Scott, Westwind Forest

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Rock What You’ve Got: Tackling Food Waste

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This is the first webinar in the Tackling Food Waste mini-series. Food waste is expensive, gross, and contributes to greenhouse gases. Join us to learn more about preventing waste with some simple actions you can take at home.  Complementary Food Waste guides are also available! For a paperless version or sneak peak, check out Rock What You've Got: Recipes for Preventing Food Waste and Composting 101.  Learn simple strategies to help you and your family reduce food waste. This webinar also shares Indigenous

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April 2022

Backyard Composting: Do the Rot Thing

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This is the final webinar in the Tackling Food Waste mini-series. Food waste is expensive, gross, and contributes to greenhouse gases. Join us to learn more about preventing waste with some simple actions you can take at home. Complementary Food Waste guides are also available! For a paperless version or sneak peak, check out Rock What You've Got: Recipes for Preventing Food Waste and Composting 101.  Diverting organic waste from landfills has huge benefits for the environment. If you aren't sure how to

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Earth Day Beach Party!

April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wabuno Beach, Parry Sound, 27 Prospect Street
Parry Sound, Ontario Canada
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Biosphere Walk: Let’s Talk Climate

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Stockey Centre, 2 Bay Street
Parry Sound, Ontario Canada
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Poster for Let's Talk Climate Biosphere Walk

Just in time for Earth Week, join Biosphere staff as we walk and talk about climate change in the Parry Sound area and what you can do to help! Meet us at the Stockey Centre on April 24th for a climate-conscious walk down the Fitness Trail

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May 2022

Advanced Septic Systems – What, How, and When? (Webinar)

May 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Advanced septic systems, sometimes referred to as a tertiary treatment system, can require less space than conventional septic systems and may work in instances where shallow soils or other landscape features pose challenges to design. In this webinar, we're joined by septic system designer Caroline Newby as she shares the differences between the systems, how they work, and what factors and applications might indicate which technology is best. This presentation is ideal for home and cottage owners looking to learn

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Biosphere Walk: Spring Bird Hike

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Balsam Trail, 1 Balsam Road
McKellar, Ontario Canada
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Join GBB's Conservation Biologist, Tianna Burke, to look and listen for spring birds as we walk the trail! We hope to see a variety of sparrows, finches, warblers, flycatchers, and more! Bring your binoculars! Register here! 

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June 2022

Pollinator Patch Planting

June 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Two dates available: Sat. June 11th 9:00am - 12:00pm At the Port Severn Library Fri. June 24th 9:00am - 12:00pm At the Honey Harbour Park Landing Volunteers needed! Please drop by to help plant. Gloves & tools provided. Rain or shine. Made possible by funds raised at the Honey Bee Festival!

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Whitestone Community Bioblitz

June 17 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Nesbitt Trail, Clear Lake Road
Ardbeg, Ontario Canada
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A Bioblitz brings people together to discover local plants and animals, and record their findings!  This event is broken into two groups:  3:30pm Trees & Wildflowers  4:30pm Reptiles & Birds  Register through the Municipality of Whitestone, 705.389.2466.  Recommended for ages 10+

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Introduction to Beekeeping

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Biosphere Office, 125 William Street
Parry Sound, Ontario Canada
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$50

In this one day workshop participants will learn the benefit of honeybees, basic bee biology, how to get started in beekeeping, common pests and diseases, and how to harvest honey. All levels of experience are welcome. An examination of an active beehive will be dependent on availability and weather. Register here!

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Wetland Plant Prowl

June 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Rose Point Trail – Glenn Burney Rd Access, Glenn Burney Road
Seguin, Ontario Canada
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You can't miss the unique display of plants that wetlands hold! Join Dan and the Biosphere crew to discover some of these special varieties that like wet feet. From medicinal plants, to sedges, to carnivorous plants, we won’t leave a leaf unturned! Ideal for ages 10 + Register here! 

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