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July 2013

Paddling Towards a Green Tomorrow

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"Standing in the morning sunshine at Nickel beach, our intrepid group of Standup Paddlboarders all stood for a group photo and then in what seemed like moments, paddlers were out on the water and heading west. I was nearly the last one to embark. Setting out at around 9:15 am, we had to wade through a thick blanket of algae at the water's edge. It was more than I've ever seen before. Farther out from shore, the water was clear and free of algae. It was the same at Pleasant Beach and again at Crystal Beach, but it did not deter hordes of beach-goers from visiting."

This is an excerpt from my account of how the day started on Sunday, July 21st as I took part in the first-ever Lake Erie North Shore Standup, to benefit Carolinian Canada. I was honoured that the event organizers chose Carolinian Canada as the cause to support with the event, and that I got to take part in what I hope will be the first of many such events on the EcoTrail. Please click here for photos from the day and read my full recap.

Thanks to the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Parks Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment Canada and a host of other partners for supporting our programs to "Green the Future of southwestern Ontario".

Sandy Clipsham - Network Manager

Save the date for the 2013 Ecosystem Recovery Forum!
TRACKING THE BIG PICTURE: ECOLOGICAL CHANGE IN CAROLINIAN CANADA
November 4-5th, 2013, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, ON

Watch www.carolinian.org for updates.
Carolinian Canada and Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) are partnering to bring you the 2013 Ecosystem Recovery Forum, with the theme of monitoring ecological change across the Carolinian life zone. The Forum will explore the rapid advances in remote sensing tools, the flowering of citizen science initiatives, the monitoring of rare species populations and habitats, and many other related topics, in a concurrent session format. We will ask where do all the data go, and how are they best used to rebuild healthy ecosystems?

The Forum will kick-off with a public event on the evening of November 4th with keynote speaker John Riley (Senior Science Advisor, the Nature Conservancy of Canada) who will present on his new book, "The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History" in the RBG auditorium. November 5th brings together conservation practitioners from across the Carolinian zone and beyond to share monitoring successes and challenges, and gain knowledge and inspiration from each other's accomplishments. Plan to join us for this great event!
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Carolinian Canada Staff and Board Members in the Wild
THE GREAT WATERFRONT TRAIL ADVENTURE!
August 11-17

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Carolinian Canada Coalition staff, board, and friends are excited to participate in the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, an amazing end-to-end cycling trip along the shore of Lake Erie, from Windsor to Fort Erie. From August 11 to 17, participants will be cycling 60 to 100 km a day along Lake Erie, while exploring the culture and nature which make this part of Carolinian Canada so special.

Keep your eyes on our website and Facebook for stories and photographs from the Trail.

Why not consider planning your own Lake Erie adventure? Our south coast makes for an excellent vacation destination. Check out the Erie Coastal Stewardship EcoTrail section on our website for ideas about what makes Lake Erie so great!
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Youth Programs
Species At Risk Camp takes New Direction

Thanks to a new round of funding from TD FEF, our annual Species At Risk Camp will be expanding its horizons.

The new module is geared toward to high school environmental club members. A key program goal is to help youth to identify stewardship activities they can undertake to help local species at risk. They will then be challenged to spread the word and engage others!
If your group is interested in learning more, please e-mail woodland@carolinian.org
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Carolinian Student Internship Program


Alicia Valing, Species at Risk Field Assistant with Bird Studies Canada, holding a female Louisiana Waterthrush after banding her and her four chicks in Wilson tract, near Port Rowan (left)
Carolinian Student Intern Eric Primeau “tubes” a Massasauga rattlesnake for examination, at the Ojibway Prairie-LaSalle Woodlot Complex in the City of Windsor.
CSI HARD AT WORK!
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This summer, our Carolinian Student Interns are well on their way to completing valuable work on habitat stewardship. Through our partnerships with the University of Waterloo and Western University, we have three interns on assignment through August. Waterloo student Laura Collings is working on Niagara’s Fruit Tree Trail and Great Heritage Tree Walk, both projects of Climate Action Niagara. Two Western Master’s students are completing field work on Carolinian species. Eric Primeau is tracking the Ojibway population of the Massasauga rattlesnake for Wildlife Preservation Canada, and Alicia Valing is conducting Bank Swallow burrow count surveys along the north shore of Lake Erie for Bird Studies Canada. It’s very inspiring to see young people making such great contributions toward protecting the unique nature of Carolinian Canada.
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Save. Steward. Seed
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Your support helps save species, steward ecosystems and seed habitats in the Carolinian Life Zone. Together we are a strong community.
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Carolinian Canada in the News

Surfing on calm water – by Allan Banner
Forterietimes.ca

What’s SUP on Lake Erie? Standup paddlers – by The Tribune
Wellandtribune.ca

Feature News

Experience Fall Migration at the Tip of Long Point
August 25 to October 25, Long Point
Ministry of Natural Resources
For more information, or to book your adventure, email lpbo@birdscanada.org
Are you interested in experiencing fall migration at the Tip of Long Point, in southern Ontario? Long Point Bird Observatory is making their private cabin available for guests to rent between August 25 and October 25 (for minimum five-day stays). The private and rustic cabin is nestled in the dunes of Long Point, overlooking the Tip. The cabin sleeps up to six and has basic amenities. Your only neighbours will be the birds (and a handful of researchers, housed in a separate building).
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Announcing the 2013 TTLT Butterfly Adventure
August 18, Wardsville Woods
Thames Talbot Land Trust
Click Here to Learn More
Join in for the 2013 TTLT Butterfly Adventure. Explore the meadow of Wardsville Woods to see all of the butterflies on the property and count the species you find with the help of TTLT volunteers. You can also take a walk through our beautiful Wardsville Woods and observe the beauty of the our newest property. The adventure begins at 1:00pm August 18
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REGIONAL ECOLOGY PROJECT - A Community Mapping Event
October 11, St. Johns Nature Centre
Climate Action Niagara
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Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER)
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Learn of biodiversity risks and the opportunities to address them. Join community partners to use scaled, local maps to examine, locate and share the natural areas where we, as a community vulnerable to climate change. Help to locate and begin discussions for future projects to help ecosystems adapt to climate impacts.
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Spirit Walk
September 26-28, Norfolk County
Nature's Calling Environmental Education
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Shadowland Theatre
Click Here to Learn More
Spirit Walk is comprised of a series of free workshops over the summer and into September, leading to a production at the St. Williams Forestry Station on a trail on September 26, 27 and 28. Workshops will involve stilt-walking, masks, puppets, including giant ones, lanterns, costume and prop-making, music, acting, training, rehearsals, and more - all lead by Shadowland and local artists and naturalists. The focus of the project is our relationship with our natural heritage, local flora and fauna, and stewardship. For the production the audience will be taken on a journey through the woods where a story unfolds – a little girl, wrapped up in today’s electronic world, finds herself lost in the woods. She meets a series of animal characters that teach her about nature so that she comes to appreciate and love the outdoors. When she emerges from her journey she is cured of “nature deficit disorder”.
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Big Picture Talks

Michelle Kanter Speaks at Ontario Endangered Species Act Conference
Image Reproduced from OESAC Video Still

Five years ago, the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) established a new standard for the protection and recovery of Species At Risk in Ontario. Progress has been made and much has been learned since the Act’s introduction. The conference highlighted core elements of the Act, how it is being implemented and where best practices are headed around some of the more critical aspects of the legislation and regulations.

Michelle Kanter, the Executive Director of Carolinian Canada Coalition, discussed community involvement in ecosystem recovery in Southern Ontario, which is home to one-third of Canadian SAR, and overall, more plants and animals than any other place in Canada.

Click Here to Watch Michelle's Talk
Click Here to See All of the Speakers

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Announcements

Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark project launched
June, Dundas to Burlington
Multiple Stakeholders
Click Here to Read the Article on CBC.ca
This June saw the launch of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark project. At the ceremony were a number of public figures, including Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina, MPs, and a provincial cabinet minister (as well as other Hamilton-area Mayors). This project seeks to connect, protect, and restore 2,000 hectares of environmentally sensitive land, starting between Dundas and the Niagara Escarpment and running through Burlington.
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Trail On! Campaign Matched
July, Essex Region
Essex Region Conservation Foundation
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The Trail On! campaign has been raising funds for the development of the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway, and the foundation can now say they have raised $20,000 thanks to the generous matching donation of the Peddie family.
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New Species at Risk Website
July, Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources
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The Ministry of Natural Resources has re-launched their species at risk website, boasting great features like Information on recent changes made to the ESA, the Species at Risk Reference Tool Box, Permit Tracker, and more.
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Blanding's Turtles Habitat Saved at Ostrander Point
July, Ostrander Point
Ontario Nature
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This month Prince Edward County Field Naturalists and Ontario Nature celebrate a victory in conservation as a recent tribunal overturned the future development of wind turbines at Ostrander Point, saving at-risk Blanding's Turtle habitat.
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Latornell Welcomes Astronaut Chris Hadfield
November, Alliston
A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium
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A.D. Latornell is excited to announce that Colonel Chris Hadfield will be joining the symposium on November 22 to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the conference.
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Sustainability Network Looking for Marathon Recruits
October 20, Toronto
Sustainability Network
Contact Michael Hurley: michael@sustainabilitynetwork.ca
The Sustainability Network wants to expand their team for this year's Scotia-bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Become a Green for Green team member today by contacting Michael Hurley.
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High Park Fall Nature Club Registration Opens
August 14, Toronto
High Park Nature Centre
Click Here to Learn More and Register
High Park Nature Centre is offering a great series of Nature Clubs for Kids this fall. Registration opens August 14 at 10:00am, and will be available online for one day only. Afterwards, only paper registration forms will be accepted.
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Events

The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure!
August 11-17, Shores of Lake Erie
Waterfront Regeneration Trust
Click Here to Learn More and Register
The 6th Annual Amazing End-to-End Cycling Holiday along Ontario's waterfront will meander the shores of Lake Erie this August. Ride 60-100 km each day and experience the beauty of Lake Erie's Shoreline. The tour begins in the town of Lakeshore near Windsor and ends, seven days later, in Fort Erie. Register for the full week, or just a few days!
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A call for young environmental leaders
September 22, Orillia
Ontario Nature
Click Here to Learn More and Register
Ontario Nature is inviting young people aged 14–18 to join us for a weekend of inspiring workshops and outdoor fun. The Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Green Solutions is the highlight of the Nature Guardians program that connects young people of diverse backgrounds with nature.
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Join the Rouge Park BioBlitz
September 14 & 15, Toronto
Ontario Nature and Partners
Click Here to Learn More and Register
The transformation of Toronto's Rouge Park into Canada's first urban national park continues this year with the second Rouge BioBlitz. All naturalists are invited to grab their binoculars and join the fun. Camping spots will be available to all participants wishing to stay for the duration.
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Owl Prowl, Bug Hunt, and Feathered Friends
August, Grand River Region
Grand River Conservation Authority
Click Here to Find Even More Great Events
There is so much happening in and around the Grand River this summer that we can't list it all! Don't miss Owl Prowls, learn all about the crawling critters out in the field, or meet real birds up close. There is so much to do, so check out the GRCA's events listing to find something near you!
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Building Sustainable Behaviours - Fostering Urban Forests
November, Toronto
Ontario Urban Forest Council
Click Here to Learn More
Save the date and Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Urban Forest Council Conference. Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr will lead the conference, and attendees will benefit from over two decades of experience incorporating scientific knowledge of behaviour change in the design and delivery of community programs.
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Turtle Conservation in Action
August - September, Lambton Region
Lambton Wildlife Incorporated
Click Here to Learn More
Learn all about the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, which provides care to injured wild turtles before releasing them to the wild. Also, walk the Potawotami Prairie with Larry Cornelis on Walpol Island, and don't miss the tour of Wallaceburg Area Nature Preserves lead by Denise Shephard
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Tree Growers Information Day and Bus Tour
August 15, Lambton Region
Lambton Woodlot Association
Contact Donald Craig: dcraigtreeman@sympatico.ca
Join Lambton Woodlot Assoc. for a tour of Woodlots, Reforestation and Significant Natural Areas Along Canada’s South Coast – the Lake Erie Shore.
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Natural Foods and Wild Edibles
September 21, Walsingham
Acorus Restoration and Blazing Star Learning Centre
Click Here to Learn More
Come and explore the bounty of nature and explore the culinary treasures of the wild lands around you. Harvest and prepare edible plants around the farm and sample some treats!
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Eco-Art Fridays
August, Niagara Falls
Heartland Forest
Click Here to Learn More
There is lots happening at Heartland Forest this August. Check out their website for more details on Eco-Art Fridays, Summer Camps, Bird Identification hikes, the Colour Walk, and more!
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Tree Management Workshops for Landowners
August - September, Wellington County
Grand River Conservation Authority
contact Mark Funk: 1-866-900-4722, Ext. 2259
email: mfunk@grandriver.ca

The workshops are geared to landowners in central and western Wellington County and northern Waterloo Region.
Each of the two hour sessions will include a short presentation followed by tours of farms and demonstrations.
The goal of the workshops is to encourage more landowners to plant trees, particularly windbreaks and creek buffers, and to maintain them to maximize their value to agricultural operations. The workshops are sponsored by the GRCA, the Rural Water Quality Program, Trees for Mapleton, Trees for Woolwich and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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Holiday Beach Hawk Run
August 25, Essex Region
Essex Region Conservation Authority
Click Here to Learn More and Register
On Sunday, August 25 at 9am, the annual Holiday Beach Hawk Run will take place.  ERCA has once again partnered with Walkers and Runners Around the County of Essex (WRACE) to host this five kilometre walk or run through this beautiful natural area.  Registration is $20 per person, and if you are a WRACE member, you are entitled to a $2 discount.  Register before August 16 to receive free park entrance and cool gift. Participants with pledges over $50 will also have their entrance fee waived. The deadline for pre-registration is on Friday, August 23 by 12 noon. Participants are welcome to stay the day and explore the park and take a dip at the beach. Funds raised will be used to support habitat restoration and improve visitor facilities at the park.
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In this Month's News

Tracking The Big Picture: Ecological Change In Carolinian Canada

The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure!

CSI Hard at Work!

Carolinian Canada in the News

Click Here for the Latest Stories

Big Picture Talks

Michelle Kanter Speaks at Ontario Endangered Species Act Conference

Feature News
Here

Experience Fall Migration at the Tip of Long Point

Announcing the 2013 TTLT Butterfly Adventure

REGIONAL ECOLOGY PROJECT - A Community Mapping Event

Spirit Walk

Member Announcements
Here

Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark project launched

Trail On! Campaign Matched

New Species at Risk Website

Blanding's Turtles Habitat Saved at Ostrander Point

Latornell Welcomes Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Sustainability Network Looking for Marathon Recruits

High Park Fall Nature Club Registration Opens

Member Events
Here

The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure!

A call for young environmental leaders

Join the Rouge Park BioBlitz

Owl Prowl, Bug Hunt, and Feathered Friends

Building Sustainable Behaviours - Fostering Urban Forests

Turtle Conservation in Action

Tree Growers Information Day and Bus Tour

Natural Foods and Wild Edibles

Eco-Art Fridays

Tree Management Workshops for Landowners

Holiday Beach Hawk Run

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Carolinian Canada Coalition Board of Directors

Read more about the Coalition and our board here

Don Pearson (Chair)
Ron Wu-Winter (Vice-Chair)
Mark Helm (Secretary-Treasurer)
Caroline Biribauer
Tara Borwick
Brian Craig
Wendy Cridland
Douglas Desmond
Marc Dupuis-Desormeaux
Mary Elder
Carla Grant
Audrey Heagy
Alistair MacKenzie
John Urquhart
Owen Williams
Jim Oliver

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Yours in Conservation,

Michelle Kanter

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