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Pumped about Pines
BY Christine Bowen
ON February 19, 2018
   The beautiful and majestic White Pine; the chief of the forest, Ontario’s provincial tree towers above other trees, and provides direction literally and figuratively.  The white pine, pinus storbus, has been used for directions, as due to prevailing winds, one side normally has longer branches which can aid in determining cardinal directions. Figuratively it has been ...
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Winter Fishing - It's the Cool Thing to Do
BY Gerald Moraal
ON February 9, 2018
You may have driven by lakes, or Hamilton harbor, in the winter and seen small sheds out on the ice in various places or people standing out in the middle of the frozen lake huddled in a small area and wondered if they were out of their minds. Ice fishing is a whole other experience and can be great for the entire family, all ages. Fishing can be done with or without shelters, but fishing witho...
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The Killer Cold Is Saving Lives
BY Christine Bowen
ON February 2, 2018
At this time you may not be thankful for 6 more weeks of winter, but here is one reason to be thankful for the ocld! Asian Long Horned Beetles are considered one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species. The Asian Long Horned Beetle is a sapwood borer found in many hardwood species, attacking both coniferous and deciduous trees . Examples include Maples, Birches and poplars.  &n...
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More than just a meal: Ontario’s freshwater mussels
BY Margaret Sheldon
ON November 24, 2017
   When people in Ontario hear the word “mussels” they normally think about the tasty ocean mussels smothered in butter and garlic that they have as a meal every so often. What Ontarians often don’t realize, however, is that their province is actually the national hotspot for freshwater mussels. While these native species may not be as appealing to eat as their mar...
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Where have the turtles gone?
BY Christine Bowen
ON November 17, 2017
The turtles don’t go anywhere, but rather hide and relax through Brumation!  Brumation is very  similar to hibernation but done by ectotherms (cold-blooded animals) and involves specific metabolic processes.  Generally, turtles find a specific site, called hibernacula, to rest.  Hibernacula are very specifically chosen, and dependent on species and life stage.  In no...
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A support letter from St. Marguerite CES
BY Bay Area Restoration Council
ON November 10, 2017
We love receiving positive feedback from the schools we visit. Check out this amazing support letter we received from St. Marguerite CES: "BARC has provided many environmental educational programs for the students at our school over the years.  In fact, we have experienced all their excellent programs and highly recommend them for all schools to participate in learning about helping the ...
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