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Preserving Biodiversity Series – Part 1

April 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Early bird tickets for both workshops are available until March 24th!

To celebrate 20 years of conservation, EBC invites you, our landowners, donors, supporters and members of the community to participate in the Preserving Biodiversity Series (PBS). PBS will promote stewardship, species at risk monitoring and invasive species control on privately owned land in the community. This celebration will promote stewardship and protection of biodiversity through education.

Workshops will be led by regional and local experts. Do you have species at risk on your property but don’t know what to do next? Our Species at Risk Workshop (Part 1) will cover methods for monitoring populations and improving or creating habitat for species at risk on your property. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. The Invasive Species Workshop (Part 2) will educate participants about the identification, management and control of invasive species on your land.

The Preserving Biodiversity Series was funded in part by WWF-Canada. Workshops will take place April 12th & April 26th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Grey Roots Museum in Owen Sound. Register while spots are still available!

Part 1 – The Birds, the Bees and Everything in Between

Part 1 of the series is on Wednesday, April 12th.  This workshop focuses on species at risk and will provide you with the skills and resources needed to identify, report and monitor species at risk on your property! A big part of conserving biodiversity is protecting our native species, particularly those that are at risk. Landowners have the opportunity to help protect and create habitat for these species. You will also learn about citizen science projects that will give you the opportunity to contribute to on-going data collection that is important for understanding changes in populations. Details about this workshop and our guest speakers are provided below.

 The Birds – Presented by Jody Allair, Bird Studies Canada 

Jody Allair is an avid birder and naturalist who enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the natural world. Jody has been birding and banding since his teens, when he began volunteering at Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO). After university, Jody spent two years as LPBO’s Landbird Program Coordinator, and a season as the Migration Program Manager at Thunder Cape Bird Observatory. From 2004-06, he worked as a Science Educator for the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, and in his spare time ran birdwatching courses and field trips through Calgary’s Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. As Biologist and Science Educator for Bird Studies Canada (BSC) since 2006, Jody conducts various educational and outreach activities in addition to his research and fieldwork. He coordinates BSC’s Bird Science and Environmental Education Program, and the Southern Ontario Forest Birds at Risk Program. Jody enjoys exploring the outdoors and traveling and leads birding tours with Canadian-based Eagle-eye Tours.

Join Bird Studies Canada Biologist and Science Educator Jody Allair for a presentation on Southern Ontario’s Forest Birds at Risk, the threats to their conservation and a discussion on the ways you can make a difference for these declining birds.

The Bees – Presented by Sarah Johnson, Wildlife Preservation Canada 

Wildlife Preservation Canada’s mission is to save animal species at risk from extinction in Canada by providing direct, hands-on care. WPC’s Native Pollinator Initiative works to protect and conserve wild pollinators, specifically at-risk bumble bees, through a variety of monitoring activities, research, conservation breeding, and collaboration on habitat restoration. Sarah Johnson is a pollination ecologist who has been working in the field of ecology since 2009. She holds an MSc in Ecology, and has extensive experience researching plants, pollinators, and their interactions. Sarah is new to Ontario, and has spent most of her career in Calgary, Alberta, studying such things as the impacts of wing wear on how much bumble bees can lift, how clearcut logging affects bee-pollinated wildflowers in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and how the intensively developed agricultural landscape of the prairies impacts pollinator diversity.

Wild pollinators play a vital role in the successful functioning of ecosystems worldwide, as they are required for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plant species, including both native plants and agricultural crops. Canada has over 700 native bee species, and many of them are suspected to be in decline. Sarah Johnson, Lead Biologist for WPC’s Native Pollinator Initiative, will present on multiple ways you can make an impact to conserve at-risk pollinators. You will learn how to identify common pollinator groups and species at risk, how to create and maintain multiple types of pollinator habitat, and how to monitor bumble bees on your property and contribute valuable data to research initiatives as a citizen scientist. There will be the opportunity to register for multiple WPC-led pollinator recovery programs, participate in a hands-on demonstration on creating pollinator habitat, and a wealth of educational reference materials will be provided.

And Everything in Between – Presented by Jarmo JalavaProfessional Ecologist

For the past 30+ years, ecologist Jarmo Jalava has worked in many capacities in the conservation field – from reintroducing endangered Peregrine Falcons to the wilds of Algonquin Park to extensive field surveys in some of Ontario’s most treasured natural areas, to high-level international, national and provincial conservation planning initiatives. Jarmo has authored or co-authored 100+ reports and articles in the fields of ecology and the environment, including the baseline ecological study of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve.  A recipient of Ontario Nature’s Steve Hounsell Greenway Award, Jarmo’s vision is to promote the informed protection and recovery of ecosystems, sustainable land uses and lifestyles, and deep reverence for the natural world.

Grey and Bruce counties are home to spectacular natural treasures like the Niagara Escarpment, the scenic shorelines of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, and globally rare habitats like alvars, sand dunes and Great Lakes coastal fens. As a result, this remarkable landscape is home to an amazingly rich diversity of plant and animal species.  These include endemic plants like the Lakeside Daisy, Dwarf Lake Iris and Hart’s-tongue Fern found almost nowhere else in the world, some of the highest concentrations of orchid species north of Florida, and declining amphibians and reptiles like the Bullfrog, Eastern Ribbonsnake and Snapping Turtle.  To date, public agencies, private land trusts, and Grey and Bruce landowners have done a remarkable job of preserving this rich natural heritage.  But, as is the case all over the globe, our ecosystems face ever-growing stresses.  Habitats are becoming degraded or disappearing altogether, and more and more species are facing the threat of extinction.  In this presentation, Jarmo Jalava will highlight many of the rare and interesting plants, reptiles and amphibians found in the Grey-Bruce area.  He’ll give clues as to when and where to find them, how to identify them, where to send observations, and what individual landowners can do to help ensure the long term health of this beautiful landscape and its unique array native flora and fauna.

Part 2 – Alien Invaders 101

The second workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 26th. This workshop will be facilitated by the Ontario Invasive Plant Council. Landowners will leave the workshop with knowledge and resources required to control, manage and report many invasive species in the area. More details to come!

If you have any further questions, please contact us at 416-960-8121 or send an email to Bob Barnett at rbarnett@escarpment.ca.


April 12, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy


Grey Roots Museum and Archive
102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5N6 Canada
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1-877-GREY ROOTS (473-9766)