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April 2022 BioSphere Now Here!

May 2, 2022 — To view EBC's latest successes, accomplishments and news, read our monthly newsletter click here! Don't miss our upcoming events as part of our 25th-year celebration. Register, save the dates and read more about them in April's Newsletter.

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Species of the Month: Barn Swallow (April, 2022)

May 2, 2022 — Defining Characteristics medium-sized songbird (approximately 15-18 cm long) Males: Glossy blue-black plumage on their back and upper wings, rusty red forehead and throat Short bill and a broad blue breast band above its tawny underbelly Long tail feathers which form a deep fork and a line of white spots across the outer end of the upper tail Females: Tail feathers are shorter,...

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Wolsey Lake (April, 2022)

May 2, 2022 — History: 370 acres located near Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island Significant Features: 5,000 ft. of shoreline 8,000 ft. of Niagara escarpment small creek with spawning grounds set in mature mixed forest.  The nature reserve is connected through the freshwater stream between Stone's Lake and Wolsey Lake. Some Midland Painted turtles have been observed on the other side of Wolsey Lake. The Common Grackle...

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Volunteer of the Month: Samantha Angel (April, 2022)

April 28, 2022 — 1) How did you learn about EBC? I guess I was always aware of other larger conservancies, and when Saba joined she told me about it! I said "Kind of a mouthful! What's a Biosphere?" and loved that there was a group dedicated to this specific region.2) What made you want to volunteer with EBC? I grew up on the...

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EBC's 25th Year Celebratory Webinar - April 5th, 7pm!

April 5, 2022 — Join us, 2 weeks today, on April 5th at 7pm where we will be celebrating EBC's story over the last 25 years.   Join EBC staff, board members, volunteers, donors and friends of EBC for an evening of virtual celebration.   Panel of speakers: Robert Barnett (EBC's Executive Director) Saba Ahmad (EBC's Chair) Chris Peabody (EBC Board member and Mayor...

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Save the Monarchs - Plant FREE Milkweed Seeds!

April 4, 2022 — Create habitat for monarch butterflies and plant milkweed in your garden. As Spring gets underway and temperatures begin to warm, late April/May is the perfect time to start planting milkweed seeds. Milkweed plants are the life source for monarch butterflies, without them, there are no monarchs.  Join our effort to create as much monarch habitat as we can. EBC is...

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Hope (March, 2022)

March 30, 2022 — History: 52.53 acre conservation agreement (CA) Located in the Township of Chatsworth, County of Grey The land belongs to Terri and Robert Hope, and was made a CA in December 2021. Significant Features: Hope falls within the Mount Forest Eco-district (6E-5) and is characterized by a gently rolling landscape. Approximately three-quarters of the ecodistrict has been converted to cropland and...

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Species of the Month: Monarch Butterfly (March, 2022)

March 27, 2022 — The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a special and beloved North American insect that journeys 2,000 miles (one-way) in its migration journey annually. This is the largest of all known insect migrations on Earth! Unfortunately, this remarkable animal has experienced an 80% decline in population across North America between 1994- 95 and 2014-15. This devastating population decline has ignited a...

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Phragmites Webinar - Tomorrow! 6:30pm

March 14, 2022 — There's still time to sign up for EBC's Phragmites Webinar - TOMORROW at 6:30pm!   Join EBC and phragmites expert, Judith Jones, for a 30 minute plus Q&A session tomorrow evening. FREE for EBC members. Non-members, pay what you can (minimum $3). Register here!   You will learn: - how to identify it - why it's a problem - what...

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February 2022 Biosphere Newsletter Now Here!

March 1, 2022 — To view EBC's latest successes, accomplishments and news, read our monthly newsletter here! Don't miss our upcoming events as part of our 25th-year celebration. Register, save the dates and read more about them in February's Newsletter.

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Pintulis (February, 2022)

February 28, 2022 — History: - 18.25 acres of land - Located in the Township of Puslinch, County of Wellington - Became an EBC Nature Reserve in December, 2021 - Donated by Bronislava Palmer and Anita Pintulis   Significant Features: The Nature Reserve is approximately 94% deciduous swamp habitat, with 3% of the northwest corner being coniferous swamp, and 3% towards the centre, deciduous...

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Species of the Month: Eastern Wood Pewee (February, 2022)

February 28, 2022 —   Characteristics: - The eastern wood-pewee is a relatively small forest bird (growing to approximately 15cm in length) - Both male and female adults are predominantly greyish-olive on their upperparts and a light grey on the underparts and bars on their wings - They have long wings and tails that distinguish them from other similar species - Distinctive, clear, three-part...

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Volunteer of the Month - Katherine Baird (February 2022)

February 27, 2022 — Katherine first became aware of EBC through her involvement in the conservation field. She then learned more about us through our fundraisers, social media, website, and online presentations.   Katherine is very passionate about environmental conservation. She participates in a lot of recreation and botanizing along the Niagara Escarpment, so recognizes the importance of conserving these beautiful natural areas to...

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2 weeks today! Become an EBC steward webinar

February 10, 2022 — EBC wants to keep our Ontario lands as wild as possible. We encourage natural processes to occur and do not alter the land, except when necessary. Sometimes land management is needed to keep the place clean, invasive species-free, as well as to recognize potential threats that can impact the biodiversity we try to protect. Some of our Nature Reserves have...

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January 2022 BioSphere Newsletter Now Here!

February 1, 2022 — To view EBC's latest successes and updates view our monthly newsletter here!

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Springer Congers (January 2022)

February 1, 2022 — Springer Congers is a 51.23-acre plot of land in the Township of Chatsworth, Grey County. History: Springer Congers was originally a Conservation Agreement given in 2010 by Gunter and Vicky Springer. However, in 2021, the owners decided to upgrade the CA to a Fee Simple and the 51 acres are now fully under EBC'S protection. Significant Features: The Nature Reserve has...

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Volunteer of the Month - Robert Burcher (January 2022)

January 30, 2022 — Robert Burcher has been involved with Kimbercote Farm (a retreat centre) in Meaford, Ontario since the mid-eighties. When it was disbanded, half of the property went to us at EBC and this was when Robert first learned about our organization. Interestingly, Robert was on the team that planted the forest that is now EBC land. Amazing what can happen in...

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Species of the Month: Bobolink (January 2022)

January 26, 2022 — Characteristics: Breeding male Bobolinks are predominantly black with a white back and rump, and a creamy nape (back of the neck area).  Females and other non-breeding males are warm brown, with dark brown streaks on the back and sides. They have thicker brown stripes on the crown while the nape of the neck is unstreaked on the nape of the...

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BioSphere Newsletter, December 2021, Now Here!

January 5, 2022 — To view, our latest successes and updates check out the latest BioSphere newsletter by clicking here!

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Michael's Bay East (December, 2021)

December 28, 2021 —   EBC secured Michael’s Bay East Nature Reserve earlier this month. It is on Manitoulin Island in the traditional lands of the Odawa and Anishinabewaki.   This natural sanctuary starts a new chapter, where EBC will seek to engage with Indigenous communities, and proceed in a spirit of reconciliation with respect to the site’s name, its uses, and the interests...

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Species of the Month: Black-Capped Chickadee (December, 2021)

December 23, 2021 — Black-capped Chickadees are one of North America's most loved little birds. They are easily identifiable for their black cap of feathers that covers the top of their head which extends just below the eyes. They have a thick, white band across their cheeks and a black throat. Their chest is white, their wings are gray with white edges, and their sides...

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Volunteer of the Month: Elizabeth McRae (December, 2021)

December 23, 2021 — Elizabeth has been an avid supporter of the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy for more than 20 years. Her husband and Bob Barnett (EBC's Executive Director) knew each other from a long time ago, back in University days. Her awareness of the EBC started on memorable camping and canoeing trips with Bob and Anna (Bob's wife) before the EBC came into being....

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December Launch of EBC's Wildlife Warrior Campaign!

December 12, 2021 — This December, EBC will be heading into our 25th year of becoming a charity - the largest Ontario focused land trust.  One of the ways we will be celebrating is by releasing Wildlife Warrior digital educational packages throughout the year (December 2021-December 2022). These digital packages are all about species at risk in Ontario. Our first to be released is...

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New GIS Technician Position at EBC!

December 2, 2021 — EBC has an exciting new job opportunity for a GIS Technician!   To learn more about it, check out our GoodWork posting here.

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BioSphere Newsletter Now Here! November, 2021

December 1, 2021 — To view, our latest successes and updates check out the latest BioSphere newsletter by clicking here!

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New Fall Precipice, 2021, Now Here!

December 1, 2021 — We are excited to announce that the 50th issue of Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy's Newsletter is now available!  Click here to view EBC's Fall 2021 Precipice and read about the wonderful work EBC has recently accomplished. To stay up to date and receive future newsletters sent directly to your inbox click below to signup or become a member!

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Giving Tuesday - TODAY. Quadruple your donation!

November 30, 2021 — Today's the day! Giving Tuesday.   Donate today and your donation will be quadrupled! EBC will ALSO match 4:1 tomorrow, December 1st.   To donate, click here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/66882            

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Species of the Month: Lake Sturgeon (November 2021)

November 30, 2021 — Characteristics: Lake Sturgeon can weigh more than 300 pounds and grow to nine feet in length! Similar to their prehistoric ancestors, these sturgeons have a distinct shark-like tail and armoured plates called “scutes” in rows for protection. The skin is covered with tiny tooth-like projections that give it the feel of fine sandpaper. Lake sturgeon are very slow-moving fish that will migrate during early summer up rivers.  Female sturgeons reproduce between...

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Green Point (November, 2021)

November 30, 2021 — History & Significant Features: Green Point is a 69 acre property that was acquired in 2005. This nature reserve extends the existing 13,000 acres, Queen Mum Park, officially designated as a Natural Environment Provincial Park in 2014. The property also extends the existing shoreline of the Queen Mum Park by 2 kilometres. Many rare thistles have been observed on the...

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Giving Tuesday - 1 week today!

November 23, 2021 — Giving Tuesday is 1 week today. Learn about our Wild Futures Project and how you can help conserve land in Ontario by visiting our campaign page here!

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Volunteer of the Month - Bill Pegg (November, 2021)

November 11, 2021 — Bill learned about EBC many years ago, in the early 2000s, when he was living on Manitoulin Island. He heard about us conserving the Cup and Saucer Nature Reserve and maintaining the hiking trails for public use.   Bill loves getting outdoors and supports efforts to conserve natural areas in their native state as much as possible, so volunteering with...

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Phragmites - Manitoulin Report by Judith Jones

November 1, 2021 — Click here to read Judith Jones' latest phragmites report of Manitoulin Island (October 2021). Judith has done some maintenance on EBC's Michael's Bay property shoreline, including Blue Jay Creek Provincial Park shoreline (our southeastern neighbour).

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BioSphere Newsletter October Now Here!

November 1, 2021 — To view, our latest successes and updates check out the latest BioSphere newsletter by clicking here!

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Volunteer of the month - Sage Jeffrey (October, 2021)

November 1, 2021 — (EBC's youngest volunteer yet!)   When prompted with a series of questions, Sage (AKA dad, Andrew), responded with the following:   1) How did you learn about EBC? Grandpa has been an active member LITERALLY since before I can remember. He’s taken me on lots of the trails and shown me lots of fossils and fun things all over EBC...

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Dispelling Myths & Telling Truths: A Bat's Story FREE Virtual Event

October 13, 2021 — Join EBC in conversation with Toby Thorne, Native Bat Conservationist, as we present 'Dispelling Myths & Telling Truths: A Bat's Story' virtual event on October 26th at 7pm. To learn more about & register for our FREE virtual event, click here!

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Orlowski (October 2021)

October 12, 2021 — History & Significant Features The Orlowski Nature Reserve is 98 acres of wetland, forest and grassland habitats located in Wiarton, Ontario. Wiarton is a community in the town of South Bruce Peninsula. The land was generously donated by Dan Orlowski in 2019. A large proportion of the reserve is covered by Rankin River Wetland (PSW). These diverse habitats provide homes...

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Species of the Month: Osprey (October, 2021)

October 7, 2021 — Characteristics: Adults have a white forehead, cheeks, neck, breast and belly with a dark brown back. Dark stripe facial markings run from their bill, across their eyes to the back. The wings, tail body underparts are streaked brown. As with all raptors, females are larger than males. Ospreys have many useful hunting adaptations that enable them to capture and cling...

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BioSphere Newsletter September Now Here!

September 30, 2021 — To view our latest successes and updates check out the latest BioSphere newsletter by clicking here!

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Cup & Saucer (September, 2021)

September 30, 2021 — Cup and Saucer reserve was one of our first! nature reserves! It is a 345-acre property with a hiking trail! History: The original, 300-acre lot was acquired by EBC in 1999. In 2001, an additional 45 acres were purchased, extending the reserve. The Cup and Saucer has approximately 8 km hiking trail that is visited by many throughout the year!...

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Volunteer of the Month: Maureen MacDonald

September 30, 2021 — Maureen MacDonald is the owner and operator of Hoops N Loops Custom Embroidery in Barrie, Ontario.   Maureen first learned about EBC through her daughter, Shannon MacDonald who is EBC’s Regional Conservation Coordinator. Like mother, like daughter, Maureen is an outdoorsy person who is very conscious about her carbon footprint. She is always trying to buy organic, healthy foods and shop locally when...

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Species of the Month: Northern Pitcher Plant (September 2021)

September 29, 2021 — The Northern Pitcher plant is one of roughly 600 carnivorous plant species around the world and can often be found in nutrient-poor bogs. These carnivorous plants are easily recognizable by their specialized bell-shaped leaves or 'pitchers' which can collect rainwater. The pitcher's rainwater pool entices insects like flies, moths and wasps to come and drink from.  The insects then become trapped inside the bell-shaped leaf...

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Orlowski Nature Reserve Opening - October 17th!

September 29, 2021 — Join us in Wiarton, Ontario on October 17th between 1-3pm for the grand opening of our Orlowski Nature Reserve. Explore this 98-acre property while completing a nature scavenger hunt! To learn more about the nature reserve, what the day will look like and to register, click here!

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2021 Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival!

September 15, 2021 — The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a special and beloved North American insect that journeys 2,000 miles (one-way) in its migration journey annually. This is the largest of all known insect migrations on Earth! Unfortunately, this remarkable animal has experienced an 80% decline in population across North America between 1994 - 95 and 2014 -15. This has ignited to action a multitude of groups and...

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Summer of Pollinators: Butterflies FREE virtual event!

September 7, 2021 — Join EBC in conversation with the World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Biologist, Elisabeth Shapiro, for the FINAL installment of a 'Summer of Pollinators' FREE virtual event series. For 1 hour 15 minutes, you will learn all about the magical world of Ontario butterflies and how to protect them.When?Tuesday, September 21st from 7:00 - 8:15 pm! Two weeks today.Where can I...

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BioSphere Newsletter August 2021 Now Here!

September 1, 2021 — Check out our latest newsletter here. Learn about our most up-to-date activities, successes, updates and events!

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Species of the month: Great Sundew (August 2021)

September 1, 2021 — Great Sundews can be found in open, non-forested habitats with wet, often acidic and nutrient-poor soils. Habitats like these include bogs, quaking bogs, fens, cobble shorelines, and other calcareous habitats. The species is often associated with sphagnum mosses and can grow in a soil substrate that is entirely composed of living, dead, or decomposed sphagnum. The sphagnum acts to wick...

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Dewar (August 2021)

September 1, 2021 — EBC has been expanding this reserve since its original acquisition in 2005. It is at 281 acres and will hopefully expand to 381 acres in the near future! If you would like to donate towards another 100 acres of Ontarian land permanently conserved, then donate here. Significant Features The sand beach shoreline with glacial formations reaches out into Lake Huron. The...

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Volunteer of the Month: Don Tenniswood (August 2021)

August 31, 2021 — Don lives on the west side of Manitoulin Island and has been volunteering as a nature reserve steward with EBC for a couple of years. Don first learned about EBC through reading about our conservation successes and accomplishments in the Manitoulin Expositor. He was thrilled to learn about the purchase of Cup and Saucer back in 1999, with an additional...

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Trout Hollow Opening!

August 23, 2021 — Join us on September 18th, 2021 at 10am and help celebrate another 160 acres of land conserved by EBC. Come for all or part of the celebration as we:   Explore and learn about the natural and historical wonders of Trout Hollow through guided hikes Announce the winners of the photography/art/short story contest Socialize over delicious food and drink prepared...

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BioSphere Newsletter July 2021

August 10, 2021 — Check out our latest newsletter here. Learn about our latest successes, competitions and events!

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Volunteer of the month: Doug Welch (July 2021)

July 27, 2021 — In communications with Doug as to how and why he became involved with EBC, he responded with the following: "My father taught me to appreciate birds at a young age. At that time, I lived in Ithaca, NY and he would take me out birding most evenings and every May Saturday morning when the Cornell Lab led bird walks. By the...

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Phillips Peel (July 2021)

July 27, 2021 — Nature Reserve of the Month: Phillips Peel The property is located in the Township of Mapleton. It is situated on the land of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mississauga, Odawa, Anishinabewaki and the Petun. The landscape is dominated by agriculture. The forest present on this property contributes to the small network of forested land remaining in the area....

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EBC's BioBlitz - August 1st-7th, 2021! Join us!

July 22, 2021 — Grab your smartphone or cameras, head outside, and contribute to important biological data collection in your local area! Conservation scientists across the world are turning to citizen scientists, like you, to assist them with biological inventories of local species! You do not have to be an expert naturalist to collect this data, this is where the powers of technology can...

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Species of the month: Snapping Turtle (July 2021)

July 21, 2021 — Facts about Snapping Turtles Canada's largest freshwater turtle Been around since the Late Cretaceous Era, making them a living dinosaur! Designated as a species of "Special Concern" Hatchlings are the size of a loonie, and their sex depends on the temperature of the eggs! Their shell is usually covered in algae Spend most of their lives in shallow water, with...

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Summer of Pollinators: Bees Virtual Event!

July 12, 2021 — Join us for the next installment of a 'Summer of Pollinators' virtual event series all about bees! When?Tuesday, July 27th at 7 pm! Where can I sign up?Click here!What will I learn?Did you know there are approximately 420 species of pollinating bee species in Ontario? Unfortunately, many of them have recently been categorized as at risk in Canada. During the hour together, learn about...

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Contest! Photography, Short Story, Artwork!

July 6, 2021 — Trout Hollow Reserve was generously donated by the Knight family to EBC earlier this year and is a truly unique property of 160 acres. The former site of the Georgian Bay Milling and Power Company, visitors can still see remnants of the mill that powered the Georgian Bay region 100 years ago, now lush with native flora and fauna. Also...

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June 2021 BioSphere Newsletter now here!

July 5, 2021 — Click here to view our latest monthly newsletter. Highlights include: 65th species of conservation concern detected! EBC celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day Held the first in the virtual event series, Summer of Pollinators: Birds! Held our Annual General Meeting Started planning our Heaven's Gate Opening Ceremony - Stay tuned! EBC conducted species at risk monitoring our Bruce Peninsula reserves Species of...

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New Spring Precipice 2021 now here!

July 5, 2021 — We are excited to announce that the 49th issue of Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy's Newsletter is now available!  Click here to view EBC's Spring 2021 Precipice and read about the wonderful work EBC has recently accomplished. To stay up to date and receive future newsletters sent directly to your inbox click below to signup or become a member!

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EBC celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st

June 30, 2021 — June 21st marked National Indigenous Peoples Day.   We recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. EBC spent the day at our Stephen's Nature Reserve located in Glencairn. We planted 215 milkweed seeds in commemoration of the lives lost at Kamloops Indian Residential school.   If you ever get a chance to visit our...

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Harkins (June 2021)

June 30, 2021 — The Harkins Nature Reserve is a 6-acre plot of land located south of our Sadler Creek Nature Reserve. Just a 20-minute drive NorthWest of Lions Head - there are plenty of natural wonders to visit nearby. Harkins includes significant Lake Huron shoreline, globally rare Alvars, ancient cedars and if you look hard enough, fossils! If found, please leave them where...

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Volunteer of the month: Greg McCracken (June 2021)

June 30, 2021 — Volunteer of the Month: Greg McCracken!   Greg discovered EBC by observing a sign posted on the Phillips' property in Mapleton Township, near Arthur, last year shortly after the Covid-19 out-break. Having noticed that no trail had yet been established on the property, he contacted Bob Barnett and offered to lay out and build a trail. After meeting with Jim...

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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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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 receive 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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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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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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