Water Quality Sampling

COVID-19 must not halt Muskoka’s environmental monitoring programs

By Rebecca Willison. Environmental monitoring was one of the first things cancelled or suspended as the COVID-19 pandemic descended on Canada. This was understandable, given that resources needed to be…

Does your shoreline have a Natural Edge?

Does your shoreline have a Natural Edge?

By Rebecca Willison and Rebecca Krawczyk. We are naturally attracted to aesthetic places and clean water—and so are the creatures we share this land and water with. The riparian zone…

MWC Launches It’s New Website!

MWC is excited to announce a new look and structure for their website. MWC staff and volunteers have been working with Reeder Web Design to update the look and content…

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Creating climate-resilient communities in Muskoka

By Carley Rennie. Our world is changing in many ways and the old ways of doing things are no longer sufficient. Such times, although challenging, can bring new opportunities for…

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2021 Muskoka Summit on the Environment looks at climate resiliency

By Carley Rennie. Our world is changing in many ways and the old ways of doing things are no longer sufficient. Such times, although challenging, can bring new opportunities for…

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Flooding and the elephant in our Muskoka watershed

We still have a lot more to learn about this elephant that we call severe flooding by Caroline Konarzewski. Who wants another flood? Not me! We hold our breath every…

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Saving Skinks!

By Jenn LeMesurier. Five-lined Skink (photo credit: ontarionature.org) The Common Five-lined Skink is listed as a Species at Risk in Ontario, and Muskoka provides habitat to this unique species. Specifically,…

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Native Plants & Shoreline Buffers

Natural shorelines have long been recognized as an important component of healthy and productive waterbodies. Unfortunately, it is still all too common to see landowners clear away the “messy” vegetation…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…