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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

August 2019

Fish Farm Algae and Potential Threat to Pets

GBA continues to closely monitor the impacts on water quality from the fish farm operation at Lake Wolsey, an embayment of the North Channel on the north coast of Manitoulin island. We received photographs taken on the August Civic Holiday weekend by a local resident of the nasty blankets of algae in this bay, which prohibited normal enjoyment and impacted the safety of the waters. View the photos here: Algae on Lake Wolsey The same embayment has had annual toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreaks as seen in the photo. These outbreaks pose a threat to humans, wildlife and pets. Public Health warnings are issued when this occurs. There appears to be a rise in dog deaths in North America from ingesting water containing cyanobacteria. Read more about it here.  

August 2019

August 25 Water Levels Report

High water levels are expected to continue on the Great Lakes despite the fact that all of the lake are expected to decline over the next month. Lakes St. Clair and Erie are 2 and 3 inches, respectively, above their highest monthly average August levels. Lake Ontario is 4 inches below its highest monthly average August level. All of the Great Lakes are forecasted to decline over the next month as follows: Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario by 2, 3, 5, 6, and 12 inches, respectively. Lake Superior’s outflow through the St. Marys River and the Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow through the St. Clair River are predicted to be above average for August. Outflows from Lake St. Clair through the Detroit River, and outflows from Lake Erie into the Niagara River, are als

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