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Do you want to learn more about the invasive species that inhabit Muskoka? Would you like to learn how to identify them and what you can do to prevent their spread? Join the Muskoka Watershed Council, Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) and the Ontario Federation of Angers and Hunters (OFAH) for a free workshop for anyone who would like to know more about these pesky invaders.

 

Invasive species are species that come from other regions and have a negative impact on native species. They are a growing threat as they easily adapt to their environment, often out-compete other species, and reduce biodiversity. In fact, according to the recently released 2014 Muskoka Watershed Report Card, the majority of subwatersheds within Muskoka are currently stressed by invasive species, creating an urgent need for public awareness and action.

 

The Invasive Species Workshop will be a fun, interactive, and educational experience. Proper identification skills will be taught, a new online reporting tool will be shown and proper sampling protocols will be covered. The skills learned here will help prevent the further spread of invasive species.

 

Citizen science programs like this are an essential element in preventing the introduction of new invasive species, and having more of the community properly informed and actively involved will have a huge overall impact. Better yet, you will be able to report species you find when hiking trails, out on the boat, or even just sitting by the dock.

 

The Invasive Species Workshop is being held on Friday, July 25th from 9:00 am until noon in the Council Chambers at The District Municipality of Muskoka office, located at 70 Pine Street in Bracebridge.

 

 

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