Celebrating Nature


Nature Reserve of the Month: Davidson (August, 2022)

August 31, 2022 — Davidson consists primarily of cultivated fields and Significant Woodland with two streams flowing through it, one which originates on the nature reserve from a natural spring.   Falling within the Meaford Ecodistrict (6E-4) covering much of the south shore of Georgian Bay, it is characterized by a gently rolling landscape ranging in elevation with shallow calcareous, coarse-textured morainal deposits dominating...

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Species of the Month: Butternut Tree (August, 2022)

August 31, 2022 — The butternut tree, commonly referred to as the white walnut, is a native of North America and one of the toughest nut trees. Rich, buttery-flavored nuts that are harvested in late October are popular for fresh eating, confections, and baking. The nuts are valuable food for deer, squirrels and birds.   Defining Characteristics: - Mature butternut trees are 50-60 feet...

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Volunteer of the Month: John Willetts (August, 2022)

August 31, 2022 —   John Willetts was president of Friends of Claireville in the Toronto area, a fairly active network of environmental groups. During this time, he was introduced to EBC's Executive Director, Robert Barnett for the first time. Then he later saw Bob at a community display up north. Once John acquired his 50-acre property in the Bruce Peninsula a few years...

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Volunteer of the Month: Tomasz Majcherczyk (July, 2022)

August 8, 2022 — Tomasz Majcherczyk started volunteering for EBC this year and has already been assigned two nature preserves to monitor and steward - Misery Bay and Gallagher, both located on Manitoulin island.   Tomasz has an off-grid property (which he built himself) located next to Misery Bay Provincial Park. He was hoping that since the park is just around the corner, with...

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Nature Preserve of the Month: Mooi (July 2022)

August 8, 2022 — This is a 96.95 acre nature preserve located in Meaford, Ontario. Thanks to Jean and Frederick Mooi, who donated their land this year to EBC, we will protect your beautiful gift permanently!The northern-east and south-east portion of the land area is located within North Spey Wetland which constitutes approximately 15% of the total area. The nature preserve is also in...

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Species of the Month: White Trillium (July, 2022)

July 29, 2022 — Defining Characteristics:   They have three broad leaves, three small green sepals, three white petals, and a three-sectioned seedpod.   Habitat and Seed Dispersal: White Trilliums are native to northeastern North America and thrive in rich deciduous or mixed wood forests. They prefer moist, well-drained woods and wet areas at low to mid-elevations. When looking for these flowers, look for...

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Species of the Month: Wood thrush (June, 2022)

June 30, 2022 — Species of the Month: Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)   Defining Characteristics: - Reddish-brown feathers on top - White pot belly with black spots - Juveniles, similar in appearance just less vibrant colour/pattern. - Short tail and straight bill - Shape and posture look similar to a scaled-down robin. - Distinctive alarm calls which sound like a machine gun. - Wood...

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Nature Reserve of the Month: Nottawasaga (May, 2022)

May 31, 2022 — History:   This wilderness preserve is 143.53 acres located in Township of Essa, County of Simcoe. It has important forest and wetland habitats. EBC is looking into preserving an additional 8.5 acres to extend this area in the near future. The addition of the 8.5-acres will connect the interior forest to the riparian and wetland areas next to Nottawasaga River,...

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Species of the Month: Cougar (May, 2022)

May 31, 2022 — Cougars otherwise referred to as pumas or mountain lions, are Canada's largest and most formidable wildcat. They are extremely elusive, so the likelihood of you coming across one in the wild are very slim!Defining Characteristics: Males may grow to be two meters tall and weigh more than 60 kg Females are approximately 40-45kg short brown or greyish hair that is...

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Volunteers of the Month: Marissa Dolotallas and Chris Scerri (May, 2022)

May 31, 2022 — 1) How did they discover EBC?   Marissa has always had a love of nature, exploring new trails and finding hidden gems. It was through her own research, she discovered us, what we did and why along with our many wilderness preserves and trails to explore. Chris learned about EBC from Marissa. They were exploring the Grey/Bruce and Marissa mentioned...

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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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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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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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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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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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Saba and Zainab

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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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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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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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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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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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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Bidwell bog

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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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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