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Registration Now Open for “Your Watershed: Connecting the Drops” Conference

    Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC) will be shining a light on the complexities and components of Muskoka’s watersheds at the 2019 Muskoka Stewardship Conference, taking place on Friday, April 26th at the Active Living Centre in Huntsville. Join us to learn more about “Your Watershed: Connecting The Drops!”   At this upcoming conference, you’ll see that a watershed is more than just water; it is a living system that provides you with numerous ecological and Read more [...]
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Leave no one behind this World Water Day

  In the spring, as the snow melts and the rains come, some parts of Muskoka may see too much water, but that isn’t the case in the rest of the world, where about 4 billion people - nearly two-thirds of the world’s population - experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.   The theme for World Water Day 2019, celebrated on March 22nd, is ‘Leaving no one behind’. In 2010, the United Nations recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking Read more [...]
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The Great Lakes: A Macrocosm of the Muskoka River Watershed

By Emily Crowder   At the University of Guelph, Professor Paul Sibley teaches a course titled “Stressors in the Great Lakes” where 15 or so lucky students get to participate in a combination of field and classroom learning focused on the Great Lakes and the threats they face.   My name is Emily Crowder and I am an Environmental Sciences Master’s student. I was fortunate enough to be one of the students to participate in this course, inspired to sign up after working last Read more [...]
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Wetland conservation and restoration should be included in policies on climate change

By Ashley Love   As we celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2nd, we are reminded of the action and policy reform we need to take in order to protect the world’s wetlands. Wetlands play a key role in reducing the impact of extreme weather, such as floods and droughts, both of which are being seen on the rise throughout Muskoka. Wetlands are a natural solution to climate change. Peatlands for example cover just three per cent of our world, yet they store nearly a third of all land-based Read more [...]
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Wetlands are the key to coping with climate change

    We are not powerless against climate change. That’s the message this year for World Wetlands Day. Wetlands help us prepare for, cope with and bounce back from the impacts of climate change.   February 2nd of each year is designated as World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.   Climate Read more [...]
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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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