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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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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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