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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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