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How much Interior Forest is enough?

      The 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card produced by the Muskoka Watershed Council features 8 different indicators of watershed health. Interior Forest is one of these indicators, categorized as a health indicator rather than a threat indicator as it contributes to the health of our watershed.   Interior forest habitat is located deep in the forest, secluded from the impacts of forest edge development and open habitats. The interior forest in Muskoka is Read more [...]
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Species at Risk: Protecting Our Biodiversity

      The 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card produced by the Muskoka Watershed Council features 8 different indicators of watershed health. Species at risk are one of these indicators, categorized as a threat indicator rather than a health indicator.   Species at risk are defined as plants and animals that are threatened with extinction, extirpation, or endangerment in a region due to natural and/or human-induced threats. These threats include: habitat loss, Read more [...]
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Intruders in Muskoka: Invasive Species

  The 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card produced by the Muskoka Watershed Council features 8 different indicators of watershed health. Invasive Species are one of these indicators, categorized as a threat indicator rather than a health indicator.   Invasive species are defined as plants, animals and micro-organisms that out-compete native species for habitat and resources when introduced outside of their natural past or present distribution. Their presence poses a threat Read more [...]
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Fragmentation: A Big Concern For Muskoka

  The 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card released by the Muskoka Watershed Council features 8 different indicators of watershed health. Fragmentation is one of these indicators, categorized as a threat indicator rather than a health indicator.   82% of the Muskoka Watershed is made up of natural areas which include lakes, wetlands, forests, rock barrens, and other natural ecological communities. Fragmentation is defined as the destruction of these natural areas for development Read more [...]
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How Does a Changing Climate Impact Our Watershed?

    The 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card produced by the Muskoka Watershed Council features 8 different indicators of watershed health. Climate Change is one of these indicators, categorized as a threat indicator rather than a health indicator.   Impacts of climate change such as changing patterns of precipitation, increase in air and water temperatures, and water level changes have been observed in the Muskoka Watershed. Two key measurements being taken in the Read more [...]
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Total Phosphorus? Totally Cool!

  The 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card produced by the Muskoka Watershed Council features 8 different indicators of watershed health. Total Phosphorus is one of these indicators, categorized as a health indicator rather than a threat indicator.   Phosphorus is a nutrient that is in limited supply in most lakes in Ontario. It greatly influences the amount of algae within a lake as it encourages the growth of algae. For this reason, a change in phosphorus concentration in a Read more [...]
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Calcium concentrations in our lakes: What do they mean?

  The 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card features eight different indicators of watershed health. Calcium concentration is one of these indicators, categorized as a health indicator rather than a threat indicator.   Calcium is an essential nutrient for all living organisms and plays an important role in buffering against acid rain. Between 1960 and 1970, acid rain intensified in the Muskoka region, causing calcium to leach from watershed soils into lakes at a faster rate than Read more [...]
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Wildflower planters wanted! New program seeks shoreline stewards

Wild about wildflowers? Interested in shoring up your shoreline against invasive species? Waterfront landowners in Muskoka can beautify their shorelines with shrubs and wildflowers while reaping the benefits of biodiversity! Muskoka’s new Restore Your Muskoka Shore program will help residents with installing new shoreline gardens.   The Muskoka Watershed Council, in collaboration with The District Municipality of Muskoka, has received funding through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Read more [...]
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Without bugs, much of the life in Muskoka’s lakes would diminish

  Muskoka Watershed Council’s 2018 Muskoka Watershed Report Card was launched in July. It features 8 indicators of environmental health: total phosphorus, calcium concentrations in lakes, benthic macroinvertebrates, species at risk, invasive species, climate change, interior forest and fragmentation.   As the warm weather arrives; foliage begins to bloom, the birds start chirping, and of course, the bugs become fierce.   Muskoka has some of the most beautiful lakes Read more [...]
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Measuring a Healthy Muskoka Watershed

    How is our changing climate impacting Muskoka?  What does calcium have to do with Muskoka’s environmental health? And what the heck are benthic macroinvertebrates?On July 19, Muskoka Watershed Council will be answering these questions and many more through the release of its fifth Muskoka Watershed Report Card. Following its launch at Gravenhurst’s Discovery Centre, MWC’s interactive, online report card will be available at www.muskokawatershed.org.   Muskoka Read more [...]
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