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Committee Mandate:

To investigate and advise the Board about new and emerging issues affecting the Bay in the area of flora, fauna, invasive terrestrial species and air quality.

To liaise with groups such as GBLT, GBBR and the GBA Wind committee whose chair shall also sit on this committee.


To conduct background research that clarifies the dimensions and environmental policy of issues concerning flora, fauna, invasive terrestrials and air quality.

To present a budget and work plan for Board approval at the beginning of the year and to manage the activities of the Committee within that budget.

To present recommendations for Board action, together with rationales based on the research.

To prepare and submit articles in support of the above for publication in Update, on the GBA website or social media.Committee Members

Chair: Katherine Denune
Mike Berton
Michael Dymond
Freda Klassen
John Lavis
Sue McPhedran

Available Documents:

Important Links

Lab Bird Cams Virtual Bird Watching at its Best! Click here!

What does the lynx say? This incredible video offers a rare glimpse of a Canada Lynx in its natural habitat.
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Be Bear Wise

At the cottage: Do not feed the birds or any wild animals. Dispose of garbage often – municipal dumpsters or landfill and eliminate odours from garbage containers (freeze fish & meat or use secure, bear resistant containers is disposal is delayed. Keep the BBQ grill and drip tray clean. Feed pets indoors – not on deck or porch. Do not leave food out on tables or counter tops – not even if packaged. Do not leave candles, lotions, insect repellents or other fragrant products outside or near open windows or doors.     While walking/hiking Take a whistle, air horn, bear spray,...



RATTLER LESSON – by Jim Bowden I was bitten by a rattlesnake earlier this summer. My experience is worth telling. There are lessons to be learned, or at least reinforced. Even for a healthy adult, getting to a hospital post haste can be incredibly important – far more important than I had realized before this incident – and having a “plan” in place can save a life. Also, I for one was truly impressed by how terrific the service was at our local hospitals for what was a life-threatening circumstance.  We need these facilities, and we should be grateful to have them and their trained...


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Thank You for Making Our Water Levels Symposium a Success!

On Saturday October 24, Georgian Bay Association (GBA) and Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) jointly hosted our Water Levels Symposium. Over 700 people registered for our inaugural online event. Attendees were treated to excellent presentations from leading scientists, engineers, academics, and policy makers with a thorough understanding of the intricacies of Great Lakes water levels issues. Many thanks to all involved, particularly our speakers, and the volunteers from both GBA and GBF for all their hard work and organization. If you missed it, the slide presentations are available here. GBA and GBF are currently working to answer all the questions that couldn’t be answered during the symposium and a synopsis of the event, which we will share with you soon. View the slide presentatio

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