Sustainability and tourism are becoming topics of concern in our area. This series, presented by a variety of knowledgeable speakers, focusses on the good, the bad, and the ugly along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.
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This lecture provides a summary of the "State of the Bay" project - an ecosystem health report card for eastern Georgian Bay. David provides a snapshot of indicators such as water quality, fisheries, and wetlands in order to educate the public about environmental conditions and engage them in stewardship.
David Bywater is an Environmental Scientist with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. Based in Parry Sound, David leads conservation programs and he has also worked as an environmental consultant, performing environmental impact assessments in the Arabian Peninsula.
Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Discover how Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores, a community-led group, is making a difference. Join Kerry as he shares the importance of education, partnerships, dedicated volunteers, and communications as the key components for successful community action groups.
Kerry Jarvis is a naturalist, gardener, author, traveller and a skilled photographer living in Southampton. He has led many workshops and presentations on Monarchs and butterfly gardening and his photographic images have won numerous awards and have appeared in a variety of media. In the fall of 2014 he started “Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores”, a community-led initiative to help the plight of Monarch butterflies. Kerry enjoys exploring and discovering the world through the lens of a camera.
Lake Huron with Georgian Bay is renowned for its beaches, dunes, rugged shorelines, coastal wetlands, diverse river systems, forests and more than 30,000 islands. Protecting and enhancing this precious resource is important for the social, recreational and economic benefit of all. This presentation looks at how these lakes are managed under a bi-national agreement and what is being done to improve water quality and habitat species restoration.
A list of the websites referenced during this lecture is available at https://www.bluewaterlearns.com/website-links-lake-huron-sweetwater-sea
Greg Mayne is the Lake Huron Program Officer with Environment Canada’s Great Lakes Issue Management and Reporting Section. Greg works to coordinate various Lake Huron management initiatives with agency partners, local conservation groups and individuals who aim to protect our natural resources and waters of the Great Lakes.
Ted Briggs is a Great Lakes Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. He is involved in numerous regional Great Lakes activities including the Lake Huron Partnership, the Lake St. Clair Coordination Council and the St. Clair River and Detroit River Area of Concern programs.
The Lake Huron and Georgian Bay aquatic ecosystem has experienced profound changes to the composition and dynamics of its fish communities. This presentation reviews the historic legacy of changes in the lake. It highlights the ongoing proliferation of invasive exotic species, habitat alteration and climate change – but also looks at tentative steps towards native species recovery.
Arunas Liskauskas is a management biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. He has monitored and assessed fish community health in Lake Huron, and conducted public liaison on fisheries management. He was the lead writer for the Lake Huron Environmental Objectives report.
Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay has 2,000 kilometres of shoreline, including the world’s largest freshwater island. It is also home to two UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves. Join Bryan as he explores the Georgian Bay Coastal Route, one of Ontario’s iconic touring and outdoor destinations and a significant contributor to local tourism development.
Bryan Plumstead is Manager of Tourism with Grey County. He has been involved in creating touring routes, regional trail planning, product development and marketing and tourism research. He served on one of the regional tourism boards and was the inaugural chair of the Georgian Bay Destination Development Partners in 2007.
In this presentation Captain Rick (Eric Conroy) will share his two experiences involving the S.S. Keewatin, a passenger ship that once sailed between Thunder Bay and Port McNicoll. Eric was a young waiter onboard the S.S. Keewatin in 1963-64. Much later he reunited with the ship as part of the group returning it to Port McNicoll in 2011-12.
Eric Conroy’s first and last jobs, in a long career, involved one of the ships of the Canadian Pacific Great Lakes Fleet, the S.S. Keewatin. He remains fascinated by the stories of these great ships on the Great Lakes.