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Lands & Forests

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 Sue McPhedran
Mike Berton
Alan Bowers
Michael Dymond

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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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Important Issues

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...


Other News

December 2019

December 15 Water Levels Report

Water levels continue to be well above average and near record high levels. From a month ago, water levels on Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie & Ontario are down 1, 1, 4, 1 & 4 inches respectively. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie & Ontario are 4, 17, 6, 2 & 11 inches higher respectively than they were at this time last year, and 14, 36, 28, 25 & 17 inches, respectively above their long term December average. In a month’s time, the levels of Lakes Superior and Michigan Huron are predicted to be 3 and 2 inches lower, respectively, while Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are forecasted to be 2, 1 and 2 inches higher respectively. - Outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary’s River and Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow int

December 2019

Calling for Swift Action to Reduce Microplastics

The microplastics problem in the Great Lakes is mirroring the problem currently seen in the oceans. According to Gail Krantzberg of McMaster University, small organisms are mistaking microplastics for plankton, allowing the plastics to work their way up the food chain. Krantzberg is hoping government action can curb consumer behaviours and reduce the microplastics in our water. Read more about the microplastics situation here. In 2018, GBA along with Environmental Defence and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) urged the federal government to move toward a ban on single-use plastics by 2025. Read more about GBA’s call for a national waste reduction strategy here.    

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