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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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