Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

It is time to empower young people


Our previous three blogs were about wetlands and their significant role in keeping our environment healthy and combating climate change. Our children and young adults are the next generation that will experience the devastating effects of global warming if action is not taken now.

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So many creatures in Ontario's Wetlands — and we put them at risk




King rails (Rallus elegans), frogs (Lithobates), salamanders (Ambystoma), spotted turtles (Clemmys Guttata) and seven other turtle species, Eastern foxsnake (Pantherophis gloydi) and nine other snake species and fairy shrimp (Anostraca) — all are species at risk, threatened, endangered or of special concern in Ontario that dwell in Wetlands.

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Wetlands and Climate Change

Last week we talked about the importance of wetlands and listed five to 10 benefits of protecting and restoring our wetlands.

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Wetlands help keep us and the environment healthy

We have all heard of wetlands but do we really know their significance and importance to the health of our environment?

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Thankful for the trees and colours






Our 'Giving Thanks For a Rainbow of Colour (and Mushrooms)' workshop, held over Thanksgiving weekend, was a success even though it rained and was overcast during most of Bob's presentation. Our participants wanted the show to go on, so large patio style umbrellas were put up to keep us dry. Jim and Donna, participants of all of Bob's workshops brought them and their act of kindness saved the day.

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Tis the season — for mushrooms






Some would think Tis the Season with the activity that is happening currently on social media. So much excitement and enthusiasm going on with many who are talking and sharing photographs of their latest find — you guessed it, mushrooms.

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Sunflowers - A vision of gratitude


Those beautiful, tall, (sometimes) yellow flower heads facing the sun. You can't help but smile and acknowledge their beauty when you see them in a field or in a garden.

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The butterfly journey continues

2021 09 14 butterfly4We wrote at the beginning of September about the migration of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) to Mexico.

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Don't spread this new invasive aquatic plant!

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2021 08 28 bowles frogbit1

By Bob Bowles -- Several hours spent monitoring lakes, rivers and creeks in North Simcoe has made me realize roadside ditches, creeks and small streams are being choked out by a new invasive aquatic plant native to Europe.

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The elegant trumpeter swan

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The majestic trumpeter swan can have a wingspan up to three meters and weigh between seven and 13 kilograms making these the heaviest, native waterfowl in Ontario. They were near extinction during the 1980s-1990s but with aggressive conservation efforts, this graceful bird has rebounded.

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The Life of Monty, the Monarch butterfly

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We watched as "Monty" the Monarch butterfly took his first flight last Saturday, July 31, at our workshop "Monarch Butterfly Birthday — A Celebration" led by wildlife biologist Ryan Lamoureux

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Birds of a white feather - and other leucistic creatures

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2021 07 29 robin

We recently had a report at the nature centre, from a local birder, that an American Robin had discoloration throughout its plumage, appearing nearly white. The robin had a normal bill, eye and leg colour but its body appeared almost white except for a few dark feathers in the wings.

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More about butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies and moths

2021 07 20 virgin tiger moth gary yThe Carden Alvar Butterfly and Dragonfly counts were held this past weekend, July 17 and 18, celebrating the 24th official year of this event.

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Butterflies get a new place to reside

2021 07 13 Naturecentre milkweedOne of our goals at the Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre is to help save endangered species.

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Making new friends around the world

2021 07 06 BOBBOWLES BY JUNE C. SMALLThe Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre recently had a wonderful opportunity to host a local group called Friendship Force Lake Simcoe.

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An unusual find: Crawe's Sedge

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Sedges are often overlooked or thought of as clumps of grass.

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So, just what is an alvar?

2021 06 24 alvar by michael

Growing up I had always heard my family talk about the Cameron Ranch, now part of the Carden Alvar, northeast of Orillia. I didn't really pay much attention to this neighbouring area. As an adolescent, the landscape looked barren and nearly bleak. Little did I know that years later I would become fascinated with this area.

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