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Notes From the Field – Summer 2019

In Bats, Birds, Carden Alvar, Climate Change, Community Science, Nature Reserves & Easements, Past News, Property Maintenance, Salamanders, Species at Risk, Training & Education, Water by couchiching

During a recent Salamander Monitoring visit to Church Woods with Kim Trudeau & family, they encountered two Eastern Red-backed Salamanders. This terrestrial species of salamander can live for up to 25 years and requires a damp environment to survive.   This is because they need to breathe through their skin as they …

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Inspiration to protect our environment

In Climate Change, Past News by couchiching

Everywhere we look, news on flooding, rise temperatures and climate crisis. It can feel heavy. But people are stepping up to do everything they can. Here we are sharing a few people who are inspiring us. Greta Thunberg Have you been hearing about the Friday school Climate Strikes happening around …

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Choosing Who to Believe on Climate Change

In Climate Change, Past News by couchiching

One of the frustrations of the modern information society is the barrage of conflicting opinions put forth on almost any topic, from dieting to world peace. It is often difficult to decide which information to believe. Nowhere is that more evident than on the subject of climate change, where high-profile columnists continue to routinely insist that “there is little or nothing to be alarmed about”, based on their contention that the Earth has not warmed in nearly two decades.

Sequester a little carbon for kicks

In Climate Change, Past News by couchiching

As an environmentalist, sometimes I get sick of environmentalists.

It’s not that what they have to say isn’t important; it is. But the steady flow of bad news is a drag. It can leave you feeling depressed and powerless. Whether or not we’re conscious of it, in this age of ecological decline, we’re all suffering.

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Intact Foundation funds water research project for Lake Simcoe

In Climate Change, Past News, Water by couchiching

A local business has played a key role in launching a water quality research project that could help improve the health of Lake Simcoe. Staff at McLean and Dickey Insurance Brokers helped connect The Couchiching Conservancy and Lakehead University with Intact Foundation and the insurance company has agreed to support a water monitoring project that may help guide future decisions in the struggle to clean up Lake Simcoe.