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Michael's Bay

Save Michael's Bay - Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

June 14, 2021 — This June, every $1* you donate enters us to win $20,000! The more you give, the more chances for us to win! Give today by clicking here! EBC has an exciting opportunity to conserve 486 acres of Manitoulin land along Michael's Bay. All donations made this month will go towards this purchase. Where is Michael's Bay and why should it be saved?...

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May 2021 BioSphere Newsletter Now Here!

June 14, 2021 — May 2021 BioSphere Newsletter is now here! Click here to read about our latest successes and updates.

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Volunteer of the month - Roy Jeffery (May 2021)

June 14, 2021 — Volunteer of the month: Roy JefferyFrom the time Roy started helping EBC, he has been our engine in the North! Throughout May, Roy has been tirelessly trail and car park building up at our most recent reserve, Heaven's Gate. Heaven's Gate is located between Killarney Park and La Cloche Park which joins EBC's Red Deer Village Trail and Willisville Mt. Roy also assists with trail...

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Nature Reserve of Month: Cunningham (May 2021)

June 14, 2021 — Nature Reserve of the Month: Cunningham The Cunningham nature reserve is a 27- acre parcel of land located in the Township of Eastnor near Lion's Head. The reserve was initially a conservation agreement up until 2021 when it was donated to us. Since it is home to sensitive habitats, we do not encourage visitors. Know that the land is protected...

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Species of the month: Black Bear (May 2021)

June 14, 2021 — Species of the Month: American Black BearHabitat and Diet:Black bears can be found throughout forested areas of Ontario. Their entire waking day revolves around food. When they are not hibernating, bears spend much of their day in search of berry crops, hazel and beechnuts. They will also feed on carrion, insects, fish, deer fawns and moose calves! Since berry patches are a...

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Heaven's Gate is PROTECTED!

May 4, 2021 — As of Wednesday, April 28th, 2021, Heaven's Gate was CONSERVED! 2,000 acres of wilderness between the Provincial Parks of Killarney and La Cloche, protecting 12+ at-risk species, 3 lakes, 2 mountains and part of a third is now protected. On behalf of the staff, board members, volunteers and wildlife of Heaven's Gate, we thank everyone who has made this dream a reality!

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April 2021 BioSphere Newsletter Now Here!

April 30, 2021 — Our monthly BioSphere Newsletter is now available to view! Click here to read about the amazing work EBC has recently accomplished. To stay up to date and receive future newsletters sent directly to your inbox click below to sign up.

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Volunteer of the Month: Rachel Hanson (April 2021)

April 30, 2021 — Rachel recently started volunteering with EBC as a social media content creator and distributor.Rachel's academic background has always been centered around the environment. She received a degree in Environmental Studies from Wilfred Laurier University and finished her post-grad certificate at Niagara College for Environmental Management and Assessment last year. While much of Rachel's experience in the environmental field to date...

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Species of the Month: Evening Grosbeak (April 2021)

April 30, 2021 — Conservation Status: Special Concern How to identify Evening Grosbeak: large finch thick bill used to break open seeds high pitch chirps and calls! Where do they live and what do they eat? Coniferous forests feeding primarily on invertebrates - such as the spruce budworm In summer they eat insects and larvae from treetops and in winter, they feed on seeds, berries...

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Martin (April 2021)

April 30, 2021 — The Martin reserve is a 100-acre parcel, acquired by EBC in 2002. The Bruce Trail runs through it! The main trail route enters the Martin property at the mid-point of its northwest boundary and follows a curving route to exit from the easternmost corner of the property. There is no road access, so you must use these trails to get to...

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No Milkweed No Monarchs - Get your FREE Milkweed seeds here!

April 26, 2021 — No Milkweed No Monarchs! Now is the time to plant milkweed for this year! Welcome Monarchs back to new homes in the spring. EBC will send you milkweed seeds to plant in your garden/patio/balcony planter. Any fairly dry, sunny spot will do. Good soil or poor. Get your FREE Milkweed here today. Email info@escarpment.ca and include your name and home address so we...

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March 2021 BioSphere Newsletter now here!

April 6, 2021 — Our monthly BioSphere Newsletter is now available to view! Click here to read about the amazing work EBC has recently accomplished. To stay up to date and recieve future newsletters sent directly to your inbox click below to sign up.

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Species of the month: Peregrine Falcon (March 2021)

March 23, 2021 — Conservation Status: Species-At-Risk The Peregrine Falcon is all about speed. They have long pointed wings allowing them to fly at diving speeds of more than 300km/hr. The Peregrine Falcon wins the world's fastest bird competition.Identifying features:- Easily identified by the black facial mask - Females are larger than males and a pair will generally mate for life Habitat: The Peregrine Falcon can be found...

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Featured Reserve - Sadler Creek March 2021

March 16, 2021 — History: Sadler Creek is a 1,092 acre plot of land, designated a Nature Reserve in 2004. Located at the former Lindsay Township on the Bruce Peninsula. Significant Features: Running through the property is a lovely creek, after which the reserve is named.  Habitats include: numerous swamps and marshes, and excellent samples of alvar sites. At the most northerly point, there is...

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Volunteer(s) of the month - Jane and Rick Fournier (March 2021)

March 9, 2021 — While dropping off Heaven's Gate information packages near Heaven's Gate on Friday March 5th, Jane and Rick's car opted to take a short cut to Heaven's Gate! Thankfully, they got home safely and let us know that driving, as in life, "For every mile of road, there are two miles of ditch." Rick and Jane have pitched in on the...

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Blanding's Turtle

Species of the month: Blanding's Turtle (February 2021)

February 23, 2021 — Identification: Easily identified by their bright yellow throat and chin Domed shell with yellow flecks and streaks Did you know? Blanding's turtles are semi-aquatic reptiles that can live up to 75 years in the wild! Habitat: Blanding’s Turtles live in shallow water, usually in large wetlands and shallow lakes with lots of aquatic vegetation. Threats: One of their biggest threats is human development How...

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Featured Reserve Hobson Pike Bay (January 2021)

February 23, 2021 — Location and Significant Features: Northern Bruce Peninsula The Hobson Nature Reserve is 160 acres located on the west shore of the Bruce Peninsula, north of Pike Bay and west of Highway 6. The land was donated in 2020. The reserve is dominated by coniferous forest with small patches of wetlands, alvars and Great Lakes coastal habitat. The land is north of...

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Species of the month: Algonquin Wolf (January 2021)

February 23, 2021 — Conservation Status: Threatened Ontario’s Algonquin Wolf population is estimated to be fewer than 500 mature individuals! Identifying Features: The Algonquin Wolf is often difficult to distinguish between the eastern wolf, grey wolf and coyote because of its similar appearance (color & markings) as well as overlap in size. This is due to hybridization of the three. Algonquin Wolves tend to...

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Volunteer of the month - Christina Rennich (January 2021)

February 23, 2021 — My name is Christina Rennich and I am delighted to have recently joined EBC as a volunteer.  My first project was applying for the J.P. Bickell Foundation Grant on behalf of the La Cloche Hills Project.   I am a certified yoga and meditation teacher specializing in kids and teens and founder of Spark Meditation and Yoga. Currently, my husband and I...

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Volunteer of the month - Ivor Simmons (December 2020)

December 23, 2020 — Ivor learned about EBC after being told about a parcel of land in Caledon East, owned by his friend's company. Being in the Oakridges Moraine and not amenable to development, he thought it would be ideal for protection by The Nature Conservancy. It was not a property that the organization wanted and so they referred him to EBC. Ivor so...

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Species of the month: Barred Owl (December 2020)

December 15, 2020 — Species of the month: Barred Owl - Spotted on one of EBC's reserves! Conservation Status: Special Concern Identifying Features: Barred Owls are predominately brown and white in colour presented in a mottled fashion. Their chest has vertical brown lines on top of a white background. The upper half of its body displays horizontal brown bars. The wings and tail are barred brown...

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Nature Reserve of the month: Simmons (December 2020)

December 14, 2020 — Location and Significant Features: Caledon The Simmons Nature Reserve is a 52 acre site located in Caledon, which was donated in 2006. The reserve has a mixture of forest types including mature hardwoods, cedar stand and trembling aspen as well as an old field meadow. This habitat is a perfect home for many wildlife species including: red backed salamanders, wood...

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Volunteer of the month - Veronika Bingaman (November 2020)

December 14, 2020 — Veronika Bingaman has been building trails along the escarpment on Manitoulin Island for almost 50 years! Her and her husband Dan started building kamikaze ski trails over the escarpment in their back yard. When she sought to ensure that the incredible bluffs were forever protected she sought out EBC and the Bingaman EBC trail was born. Over the years Veronika...

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Spotted Turtle Final Giving Tuesday (4)

Species of the month: Endangered Spotted Turtle (November)

November 30, 2020 — SPECIES OF THE MONTH: ENDANGERED SPOTTED TURTLE Spotted Turtles are semi-aquatic reptiles that can be found in unpolluted wetland habitats such as ponds, marshes or bogs. In 1990 Ontario had 130 sites with Spotted Turtles. Today there are only 25! In one turtle life span, 80% of their homes have been taken from them. How can I help? Worry doesn’t work. Donate! $20, less than a week’s coffee money....

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Featured Reserve Willisville - November 2020

November 23, 2020 — Location and Significant Features: La Cloche Mountains Willisville Mountain is a 235 acre nature reserve with a breath-taking outlook! The reserve is located a short 15 minute drive south from Espanola, Ontario. It is an eco-treasure which is home 12 rare species including Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons and an icon in the Group of Seven's work. The mountain was...

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Bates Nature Reserve

Urgent Conservation Issues

November 20, 2020 — Friends/all people concerned about Ontario's ecological future, we are confronted with two major issues: The conservation authorities are facing a major loss of jurisdiction. They are the primary defenders of wetlands after disasters like Hurricane Hazel which killed 82 people when I was a kid. I hope you will read the attached information and support the current role of conservation...

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Species of the month: Eastern Milksnake (October 2020)

November 3, 2020 — Conservation status: Special Concern The Eastern Milksnake is a non-venomous constrictor in the family Colubridae.  Identifying features: Grey/tan in colour with alternating red or reddish brown blotches that are distinctly outlined in black along its body. Can grow to over a metre in length. Habitat: They live in a wide variety of natural and human-modified habitats. Such habitats include prairies,...

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Featured Reserve Kimbercote - October 2020

November 3, 2020 — Location and Significant Features: Epping, Grey County The Kimbercote property is a scenic nature reserve that includes features typical of the Beaver Valley and Niagara Escarpment. A trail on the property runs from east to west along a steep gradient climbing upward toward the western boundary. The trail goes through a regenerating field dominated by young white ash and scattered...

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Volunteer of the month - Ostap Soroka (October 2020)

November 3, 2020 — Volunteer of the month: Ostap Soroka!   "Hello EBC volunteers and supporters! My name is Ostap Soroka and I am proud to be the new Secretary of your Board of Directors. Throughout my careers in the performing arts, communications, and now academics, I have included my commitment to ecological mindfulness, climate change mitigation, and a love of the natural environment....

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Volunteer of the month - Gaurav (September 2020)

October 1, 2020 — A few years back while exploring the Bruce Peninsula, in particular, the Lake Huron and Georgian Bay shorelines, Gaurav was devastated to find that public access to the shorelines was almost entirely absent. In between the touristy stops of Red Bay, Tobermory, Lion's Head and similar cities - it was almost impossible to explore as most properties were private. Because...

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Volunteer of the month - Shannon MacDonald (August 2020)

October 1, 2020 — Shannon MacDonald is a graduate student at the University of Toronto. She is currently working on urban forest biomass mapping using LiDAR and field data, in the hopes of improving urban forest management and conservation efforts. Shannon first began working with EBC a couple of years ago for a class project when she and a few other students developed a...

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Virtual AGM Success!

October 1, 2020 — EBC’s AGM capped a successful year of conservation results while working within the parameters of COVID-19. We would like to send a special thanks to our retiring directors: Robert Wilson, Gord Edwards and Gillian Leitch. Robert Wilson was a founding director of EBC, he wrote our original by-law and got us incorporated. Robert also did a lot of legal work...

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EBC's Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival September 27th 2020!

September 21, 2020 — Join the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy on September 27th 2020 at 11am as we hold our 12th annual Monarch Butterfly festival. The festival, which is usually held in Tobermory, will be delivered virtually this year due to Covid-19 concerns. Between 11am-12pm, EBC will be collaborating with the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) as well as butterfly expert of 15 years, Audrey...

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EBC's Annual General Meeting September 20th at 12pm!

September 15, 2020 — EBC's Annual General Meeting will take place on September 20th at 12pm. All members and the general public are welcome!   If you want to learn more about EBC and our successes over the year, please register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/escarpment-biosphere-conservancys-annual-general-meeting-2020-tickets-121088628347?fbclid=IwAR0X6RXRK7Ch7C4xHIC3sxGpn6sCQjv9XVaHr4rxnUReKMbuZ1tVNTgZkLQ   Details of how to enter the Zoom event are in the Eventbrite description as well as in...

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EBC collaborates with the Ontario Land Trust Alliance

August 25, 2020 — Earlier this month, EBC collaborated with Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) on a site visit to assess our Phillips Peel Property. The property is located in the town of Mapleton in Wellington County. We used OLTA's Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool to determine the impact of climate change on our property and our conservation efforts. This in turn will enable...

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Species of the month

Species of the month: The Golden Eagle

August 25, 2020 — The Golden Eagle is one of the largest, fastest, and most agile raptors in North America. They have also been spotted on our Page and Palmer Reserve! Conservation status: Endangered  Identifying features: Dark brown, with lighter golden-brown plumage on their heads and necks. 33 to 38 inches in length and wingspan is 6 to 7.5 feet  Behaviour: Usually mate monogamously for life...

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Featured Reserve Bidwell Bog - August 2020

August 18, 2020 — Nature Reserve of the Month: Bidwell Bog (Manitoulin Island)Bidwell Bog is a unique reserve that has a rare savannah landscape and a bog. This property has a beautiful hiking trail close to our Cup and Saucer reserve.History: This property was purchased in two parts. The first, in 2006 (329 acres) followed by another in 2007 (53 acres). The combined total...

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Spotted Turtle Campaign Update!

August 12, 2020 — Thank you so much to the landowner who is offering the Spotted Turtle habitat for half its appraised value and for the generous donations we have received from all of you! We are so very close to saving one of the last 25 sites in Ontario that is home to the Endangered Spotted Turtle! There is still time to support...

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Volunteer of the month - Justin Keszei (July 2020)

August 11, 2020 — Meet Justin Keszei! Justin is a wildlife technician and saw volunteering with the EBC as an opportunity to do meaningful, productive work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  His role is primarily to take inventory of all wildlife on EBC properties with special emphasis on species at risk as well as initiating a bioacoustic survey component for bird species assessment. Prior to his...

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Name that Newsletter Competition

Name that Newsletter Competition!

August 11, 2020 — EBC is looking for a name for our monthly digital newsletter, and we would love your help! If you would like to take part, please email suggestions to Hannah Jowett, our Community Outreach and Educational Coordinator, Hannah.Jowett@escarpment.ca   The EBC team will then choose the winner who will be announced in September's newsletter. The submitter of the chosen entry will...

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Featured Reserve Cup and Saucer - July 2020

August 11, 2020 — RANKED NO.1 ON TRIP ADVISOR FOR NATURE ACTIVITIES ON MANITOULIN ISLAND!   History: The Cup and Saucer was one of EBC's first nature reserves. 300 acres were acquired in 1999 with an additional purchase of 45 Acres in 2001. There are over 8 kms of hiking trails through deciduous forest, over rocky outcrops ending at towering cliffs with views over...

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Spotted Turtle

Help save the Spotted Turtle this June!

June 17, 2020 — Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2020 The Spotted Turtle is one of Ontario's smallest turtles. In the last 40 years, their numbers have drastically declined - 75% of the recorded 109 sites with occurrences of this species have had no recorded sightings in 20 years. EBC is working hard to acquire a parcel of land located right on the shore of Lake Huron that...

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New Spring Precipice 2020 now here!

May 8, 2020 — We are excited to announce that the 47th issue of Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy's Newsletter is now available!  Click here to view EBC's Spring 2020 Precipice and read about the wonderful work EBC has recently accomplished as we enter our 3rd decade! To stay up to date and receive future newsletters sent directly to your inbox click below to signup or...

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EBC Executive Director's Cottage Life Show Presentation

March 16, 2020 — Due to COVID-19, the presentation and question and answer session scheduled for Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 5 pm has been postponed until further notice.   Upon rescheduling, a notice will be posted to the website.   Bob Barnett, Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy's Executive Director was to present at the Toronto Spring Cottage Life Show on the topic of "Preserve Your Land, Protect...

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Cape Hurd - Barney Lake

Featured Reserve Cape Hurd - Barney Lake

January 29, 2020 — Featured Nature Reserve of the month: Cape Hurd - Barney Lake History: Barney Lake Nature Reserve is located on the Northern Bruce Peninsula, near Tobermory. It is over 400 acres and was acquired by EBC over a number of years beginning in 2002. After acquiring the lake as part of a 300-acre acquisition donated by a family in Owen Sound,...

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