Fish Habitat – Walleye Spawning Bed Enhancement Projects

Representatives from the Christie Lake Cottage Association, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Stewardship Rangers, and the Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County. Anglers and local residents were present to lend a hand . Also assisting were the Lanark and Fish and Game Conservation Club and the Christie Lake Boys and Girls Camp. The Sharbot Mishigama Anishnabae Algonquin First Nations was involved in the initial stages of planning.

Our council took the lead in coordinating the project and gathering resources

For further information:
Mailing address:
Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County
99 Christie Lake Road
PO Box 37
Perth, ON K7H 3E2
tel. – 613-267-4200 ext. 3192
e-mail: info@lanarkstewardshipcouncil.ca

Envirothon

About Envirothon: Take the Biodiversity Challenge
Envirothon gets students outdoors, to experience nature first hand and hands on! Envirothon is a unique team competition that rewards students for learning about the natural world around them. Local conservation organizations partner to provide students with interactive field trips and workshops to help them understand forests, soils, wildlife, aquatic ecosystems and the human impact on all of the things we value in nature. Envirothon uses field testing to develop critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.

Ontario Envirothon’s goal is “to build environmental awareness and leadership among young people through practical, hands-on educational experiences, enabling them to make informed, responsible decisions that benefit the earth and society.”

The objectives are:
•to increase students’ awareness of the natural balance and complexity of environmental ecosystems;
•to increase students’ understanding of basic science concepts in the areas of forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and soil, together with a current environmental issue each year;
•to provide opportunity for students to experience differing views and concepts relative to environmental issues;
•to provide opportunity for students to experience new ideas, geography, and cultures throughout Ontario and North America.

Contact us:
Mailing address:
Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County
99 Christie Lake Road
PO Box 37
Perth, ON K7H 3E2

tel.- 613-267-4200 ext. 3192
e-mail: info@lanarkstewardshipcouncil.ca

Lanark County Stewardship Council – Working together for a naturally beautiful county

Our 2014 Priorities:
. Lanark County Stewardship Council Website (refresh and modernize)
. Nature in Deed (refreshing the links and updating the website)
. Bio Blitz (planning to conduct a bio blitz in 2014)
. Fish Habitat Improvement (improve spawning habitat)
. Species at Risk (focus on endangered American Eel in 2014)
. Eastern Ontario Stewardship Zone Meeting (host meeting in 2014)
. Partnerships (continue successful partnerships)

Mailing address:
Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County
99 Christie Lake Road
PO Box 37
Perth, ON K7H 3E2

Tel.: 613-267-4200 ext. 3192
e-mail: info@lanarkstewardshipcouncil.ca

Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter – Discovering the wonders of nature!

The Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network is pleased to introduce the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter. The Charter aims is to make sure all Ontario children have opportunities to play and explore in the outdoors. Research shows that children who play outdoors regularly grow up healthier, happier and do better in school. And, when children have opportunities to discover the wonders of nature, they are also more likely to grow up caring for biodiversity.

BEAN was a partner in the development of the Charter led by the Back to Nature Network and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources . Other partners included Parks and Recreation Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, the Royal Botanical Gardens, KidActive, Ontario Nature and the Fish & Wildlife Heritage Commission. BEAN will assist with implementing the Charter.

Through their own programs, the partners will promote the Charter and its goals. The partners recognize that many other groups, agencies and organizations work to connect children and nature. Others are welcome to sign on to the charter — together we can ensure our children get out and discover the wonders of nature.
The Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter advances actions in Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2011 and Biodiversity: It’s In Our Nature, the Ontario Government Plan to Conserve Biodiversity.

For Further Information:
e-mail: info@biodiversityeducation.ca
or info@childrensoutdoorcharter.ca

International Biodiversity Day (IBD) – Annual Event on May 22nd

What is Biodiversity?
Simply put, biodiversity is life in all its variety: over 14 million species found from mountain top to deep-sea vent. But it is much more. Those species connect, and interact. Those interactions create communities and systems, and those systems provide goods and services such as oxygen production, pollination, water filtration and storage, pest control, food production, carbon storage and erosion control. Again, simply put, biodiversity anchors nature’s life support system.

4 R’s of Biodiversity
. Retain (i.e. protect) populations, species and habitats that are ecologically significant.
. Restore habitats that have been degraded.
. Replace habitats that have been lost.
. Recover species that are at risk.

To learn more about Biodiversity read BEAN’s Biodiversity Primer and Biodiversity Concepts.

To protect biodiversity we need to understand it. That’s where the new State of Ontario’s Biodiversity 2010 can help. This report measures the health of Ontario’s biodiversity based on 29 indicators such as wetland losses and freshwater quality. This information can help us make better decisions about where to focus our efforts to conserve biodiversity.

In 2011 The Ontario Biodiversity Council released a renewed biodiversity strategy for the province, calling on government, conservation groups, industry and all Ontarians to help in protecting what sustains us. Read Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2011: Renewing our Commitment to Protecting What Sustains Us, or for a snapshot of the strategy, read the summary report.

e-mail: info@biodiversityeducation.ca