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Saving Skinks!

By Jenn LeMesurier     The Common Five-lined Skink is listed as a Species at Risk in Ontario, and Muskoka provides habitat to this unique species. Specifically, Five-lined Skinks are found in rock barren environments at the southern edge of Muskoka.   The Common Five-lined Skink is the only lizard native to Ontario and is not often seen due to their quick nature and ability to camouflage. Juveniles and some adults can be readily identified by five cream coloured Read more [...]
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The Importance of Natural Infrastructure

By Carley Rennie     Living in Muskoka, we are accustomed to the exceptional quality of our natural environment, which provides a year-round playground that supports our community. But our environment also provides essential services such as preserving the quantity and quality of our water. Things that humans may construct to provide such services are called “built” or “grey” infrastructure. Aspects of our natural environment which provide such services are called “natural Read more [...]
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Thinking Like A Watershed

By Rob Attfield   Imagine for a moment that you are no longer in human form but have been transformed into the vibrant and expansive Muskoka Watershed. This is your new body. Instead of a torso with arms, legs and head, you have morphed into an area of about four thousand, six hundred and sixty square kilometres, comprised of lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, agriculture and developed areas. All of the excess water in your new body is “shed” (watershed) – about a million Olympic Read more [...]
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Discovering your environment with appealing apps!

By Rebecca Willison     At this point in social and physical distancing, you’re probably tired of seeing the inside of your house. The mild spring weather means it’s a great time to get outdoors and connect with your property, perhaps with a view you’ve never had before!   Do you know what plants and animals are found on your property or in your neighbourhood? It can be difficult to tell different bird or shrub species apart, but there are some great apps that Read more [...]
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What Covid-19 Teaches Us About Dealing with Climate Change and Development Pressure

By Peter Sale     When the Covid-19 pandemic is past, and it will pass, we will still need to manage the Muskoka watershed – the environmental quality of this place we love is vital to both our economy and quality of life. Before the pandemic, the old ways of managing our environment were becoming less effective as climate changed and development pressure continued. That remains true. Our capacity to manage flooding grows more inadequate yearly. Salt from winter road management Read more [...]
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Earth Day, Spring cleanup, COVID-19 and Geese!

By Pete LeMoine     We can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day outside at home!   The snow has melted, and we are all self-isolating and eager to be out in the fresh Muskoka air! Let’s rake and dig like never before! But wait, we don’t want to damage the environment and our property with this newfound exuberance.   It’s a good idea to hold off on raking your leaves until the temperature is consistently above 10 degrees Celsius because there Read more [...]
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Water can help fight climate change: 2020 World Water Day

  World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. Did you know that water can help fight climate change? Our wetlands can soak up carbon dioxide from the air, our vegetation protects against flooding and erosion, our rainwater can be stored for dry periods, and our wastewater can be reused!   World Water Day, an annual observance by the United Nations, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion Read more [...]
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Watershed Council Makes a Case for Integrated Watershed Management

Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC) approved a paper at its January meeting outlining the need for integrated watershed management (IWM) in Muskoka. The paper formed the basis for MWC’s submission to the Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group and contains a number of recommendations for how to implement IWM in Muskoka.   With our extensive natural areas and numerous lakes and waterways, Muskoka is rich in natural capital, which is vital to our economy and the quality of our lives. Effective management Read more [...]
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Donations to protect watershed health keep GMPE founder’s legacy alive

Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC) received a generous donation at its monthly meeting on February 28th. Pat Schofield and Dave Near, organizers of the Great Muskoka Paddling Experience (GMPE), presented a $2,000 cheque to MWC’s new Chair, Geoff Ross. In total, $3,000 was donated to watershed protection organizations in Muskoka from the GMPE event held last October.   The Great Muskoka Paddling Experience is an annual paddling event held on the Thanksgiving weekend in Bracebridge for Read more [...]
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Submission to the Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group

18 February 2020   To:   Ms. Mardi Witzel, Chair Members of the Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group   Submitted by email to muskokawatershed.ag@gmail.com     Dear Ms. Witzel and members   RE: Muskoka Watershed Conservation and Management Initiative   MWC is encouraged to see the Province advance actions to address the increasing number of flood events, including the formation of the Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group. Muskoka Watershed Council Read more [...]
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