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January 2020

Catch The Ace Lottery Draw

January 2, 2020 @ 7:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Trestle Brewing Company, 9 Great North Road
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X8 Canada

GBBR is holding a Catch the Ace progressive lottery! Each ticket purchased supports GBBR and provides the buyer a chance to win!  Each Thursday at 7:45, GBBR will be holding the weekly draw until the Ace Of Spades is found! The weekly draw will be held at Trestle Brewing Company. Learn more about the lottery at: https://www.gbbr.ca/get-involved/catch-the-ace/ Visit our Catch the Ace Facebook page for the most up to date information on the progressive jackpot and locations to purchase tickets.

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Catch The Ace Lottery Draw

January 9, 2020 @ 7:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Trestle Brewing Company, 9 Great North Road
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X8 Canada

GBBR is holding a Catch the Ace progressive lottery! Each ticket purchased supports GBBR and provides the buyer a chance to win!  Each Thursday at 7:45, GBBR will be holding the weekly draw until the Ace Of Spades is found! The weekly draw will be held at Trestle Brewing Company. Learn more about the lottery at: https://www.gbbr.ca/get-involved/catch-the-ace/ Visit our Catch the Ace Facebook page for the most up to date information on the progressive jackpot and locations to purchase tickets.

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Films that Make You Think: Point of No Return

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum on Tower Hill, 17 George Street
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X4 Canada
$10

Point of No Return takes you behind the headlines of the first solar-powered flight around the world—where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Not just to make history, but to inspire a revolution.

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Biosphere Walk: Winter Photo Prowl

January 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Humphrey Nature Trails, 115 ON-141
Humphrey, Ontario Canada
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Trailhead & parking behind Humphrey Fire Hall. We're joined on this hike by local photographer Jonathan Mahood to capture the sights of these beautiful trails. Please bring your own camera. Suggested donation for hike is $10, which helps continue our education and conservation programming!

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February 2020

Biosphere Bonspiel

February 1, 2020
Parry Sound Curling Club, 12 Johnson St
Parry Sound, Ontario Canada
$160

Registration is now full. Please feel free to drop by the Bonspiel to cheer on the teams! $160/team two draws, three 6-end games, and includes dinner Mixed teams, all ages and skill levels welcome  

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Biosphere Walk: Kids Snowshoe Stomp

February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre, 4 Nine Mile Lake Road
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2W9 Canada

Calling all kids, this one's for you! Enjoy a snowshoe hike, games and end with hot chocolate. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a set. Adult snowshoes available for rent, a separate Nature Hike may be offered. Ages 7-12. Registration is required! Visit: http://bit.ly/3534P18 or call 705.774.0978

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Films That Make You Think: The Need to Grow

February 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum on Tower Hill, 17 George Street
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X4 Canada
$10

The United Nations estimates that at the rate we are depleting our farmland, we have fewer than 60 years of soil left on Earth. Can we feed the world without destroying the planet? The answer depends on what we do now! The good news is, there ARE solutions. The Need To GROW takes you inside the hearts and innovations of three very different leaders - an 8-year-old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization - a renegade farmer struggles

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Biosphere Walk: Something’s Fishy!

February 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Waterfront Trail, Parry Sound, 2 Bay Street
Parry Sound, Ontario Canada
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Meet at the Salt Dock trailhead off Salt Dock Road, Parry Sound. GBBR's Katrina Krievins will share the true tale of Lake Trout in Georgian Bay and the Big Sound on this roundtrip walk along the Waterfront Trail. Suggested donation to join is $10, which helps us continue our education and conservation programming!

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Biosphere Walk: Ask the Naturalist

February 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rose Point Trail – James Bay Junction Parking Lot, 96 James Bay Junction Road Parking Lot
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2W8 Canada

This walk date was changed because of weather! Please join us on Friday, February 21st at 2:00pm. Explore the Rose Point Trail with a GBBR naturalist. Look for winter birds and other signs of wildlife. Be sure to bring your nature questions! Suggested donation to join is $10, which helps us continue our education and conservation programming!

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March 2020

Films That Make You Think: Toxic Beauty

March 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Museum on Tower Hill, 17 George Street
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X4 Canada
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$10

Toxic Beauty is a documentary feature film with exclusive access to scientists, lawyers, advocates, regulators, politicians, a dynamic whistle blower, survivors and women who have lost their lives. It follows the class action lawsuit against J&J and the plaintiffs, personal stories of women fighting for justice in a race against time with this deadly disease. Woven throughout the film is a human experiment. In the end, the film meets the companies and people who offer solutions and optimism for safer,

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Biosphere Walk: Syrup Stroll & Tree Trek

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Killbear Park, Blind Bay Road Ontario Canada + Google Map
$10

Join us and Killbear Park staff as we hike an old Sugar Bush to share the history and significance of the sugar maple. We'll highlight the Anishinabek cultural connections of other tree species as well and the present day threats of forest pests. Killbear Sugar Bush - meet at the Community Mailboxes, first left on Blind Bay Rd.

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Biosphere Walk: Syrup Stroll & Tree Trek

March 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Balsam Trail McKellar, Ontario Canada + Google Map
$10

We're teaming up with Westwind Forest Stewardship to talk trees! How sweet the sugar maple is, but many other tree species have a tall tale to tell. Hugging trees will be optional! Balsam Trail, McKellar - parking at first driveway on the left once on Balsam Rd.

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April 2020

Films That Make You Think: The Pollinators

April 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum on Tower Hill, 17 George Street
Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2X4 Canada
$10

The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The film speaks to farmers, scientist, chefs, economists and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees and what it means to our food security.

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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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