It’s in our nature: BioBlitz 2016 results

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the BioBlitz on June 25th at Ontario Nature‘s George G. Newton Reserve.  It was a hot day, but beautiful tromping around the woodland looking for plants and critters.  The hiking paths had been cleared this spring by the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists, who steward the property.  In the morning we split into two groups: a group looking for plants, and another for reptiles and amphibians. In the afternoon Tom Lobb, a local…

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Join us for Bioblitz 2016

On Saturday June 25th, the Huron Stewardship Council will be cohosting a free all ages event called a ‘bioblitz’ with Ontario Nature and the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists.  You are invited to join expert biologists for a hike at the George G. Newton Reserve, where you’ll learn about local plants and animals. This event is great for families, amateur naturalists, hikers, … really, everyone who is interested in learning more about nature! In a bioblitz, our goal is to identify…

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World Turtle Day Fundraiser Drew Crowds to Goderich Square; Raised Much Needed Funds for Turtle Hospital

In honour of World Turtle Day, the Huron Stewardship Council staff organized a fundraiser on the May long weekend to raise funds for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Center and to raise awareness about turtles on the road this time of the year. Our booth at the Goderich Square featured live native turtles and snakes, and original turtle paintings (created by some of Ontario’s turtles!). We spoke to thousands of people over the course of two days, and handed out turtle…

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Lower Maitland River Video

Our friends at the Lower Maitland Stewardship Group have produced a video showcasing the breathtaking views of the Lower Maitland River – one of the healthiest river systems in Southern Ontario.  Below is an excerpt from their website. As the river twists and turns through Ontario’s West Coast, the sights you can see from your canoe, paddle board, or along the 50 km of trails are stunning! We know all who experience it agree that the Lower Maitland is a gem…

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“Wildlife Crossing” signs to be put up in Huron County

One of the HSC’s many land stewardship goals is to protect wildlife by preserving natural habitat, supporting biodiversity, and increasing the connectedness of our natural areas. To help achieve this goal, we have undertaken a pilot project to erect twelve “wildlife crossing” signs within Huron County. The signs feature the silhouette of a turtle and a snake and reminds drivers to slow down and drive with caution in areas where reptiles (turtles and snakes) are known to cross the road.…

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Lauren’s Queensnake field report

The month of September represents a time of change. The leaves begin to turn colour as they prepare to fall from the trees. Summer comes to an end as children head back to school for another year of learning. As animals like Queensnakes begin to prepare for their winter hibernation, this signals the end of a great season of “herping” for the staff at the Huron Stewardship Council. Hi! My name is Lauren Schmuck. I am a Species at Risk Technician…

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Turtle Hatchling Release Unites a Community; Aids an Injured Cyclist

On Aug 19th, 138 snapping turtle hatchlings were released into the Maitland River in honor of Wingham biology teacher and nature lover, Julie Sawchuk. It was almost a year ago that Julie found an injured female snapping turtle hit by a car. She stepped into action, secured the turtle in a ventilated container, and called me. The turtle was paralyzed mid body down and unfortunately had to be euthanized. Luckily, her back end was unscathed and we were able to…

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Conservation through Education: Reptile Workshop in Huron County a Great Success!

Over 30 people came out to learn about reptiles at risk in Huron County Sunday July 19th at the Hullett Provincial Conservation Area as Scales Nature Park staff presented an interactive hands-on program. The excellent two and a half hour advanced workshop taught local residents how to identify reptile species, learn about their biology and conservation status, and identify threats to reptiles in Ontario. The workshop was a great opportunity to learn more about species you and your kids can…

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Reptiles at Risk – Advanced Workshop

Join us on July 19th, 2015, from 10:30 to 2 pm for a FREE workshop at the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area. The interactive workshop features live animals, many of which are species at risk, in which participants are trained to touch and hold as they become more familiar with these species. It is a great opportunity to increase reptile knowledge and gain hands-on experience with these secretive creatures. It may also be beneficial for you and your members to become familiar with…

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