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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.

Accountabilities

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
Members:
Mike Berton
Alan Bowers
Michael Dymond

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,...

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RATTLER LESSON

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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February 2020

February 16 Water Levels Report

Water levels continue to be well above average and near or above record high levels. From a month ago the water levels on Lakes Superior and St Clair are 2 & 4 inches lower respectively, Lake Michigan-Huron is unchanged, and Erie and Ontario are 5 and 4 inches higher, respectively. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie & Ontario are 3, 17, 14, 12 & 6 inches higher respectively than they were at this time last year, and 15, 39, 40, 37 & 20 inches, respectively above their long term February average. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, and Erie are currently 1, 6 & 6 inches, respectively higher than their previous record highs for February. In a month’s time, the level of Lake Superior is expected to be down by 1 inch, and Lakes Michigan Huron, St

February 2020

10 Years of Data Reveal the Poor Behaviours Behind Snowmobile Fatalities

Between 2009-2019, the OPP investigated 175  snowmobile fatalities throughout the province. The top contributing factors listed were excessive speed, loss of control, driving too fast for the conditions, and ability impaired by alcohol, with alcohol listed as a factor in 45% of the deaths. According to the report, almost half of the snowmobilers who died were traveling on frozen lakes or rivers at the time of the incident. The circumstances that led to the deaths include intentionally driving onto open water (puddle jumping/water skipping), breaking through the ice, and collisions with other snowmobiles and landmarks. Despite readily accessible information on avoiding accidents and responsible operation of snowmobiles, it appears that the message is still not getting through

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