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About Us

The Huron Stewardship Council is a community based organization that is seeking to promote responsible resource stewardship through networking, cooperation and collaboration of efforts between various organizations and individuals in Huron County. The Council is comprised of nine to eleven volunteer members from a variety of backgrounds in the Huron County community, including agriculture, education, outdoor recreation, nature appreciation and other interests. As we enter the 21st Century, we are becoming more and more aware of the need to become…

Current Projects

The Huron Stewardship Council is currently working with a number of partners on a variety of projects. To view information on some recent or ongoing projects, check out our most recent Annual Report. Featured Projects Trees Beyond Goderich: Rural Disaster Relief through Reforestation Huron County’s Queensnake Recovery Project

Huron Perth Agriculture and Water Festival 2015

Donna and Marg from the Huron Stewardship Council had another great year at the Huron Perth Agriculture and Water Festival (HPAWF).  This is a fun and educational event that provides grade four students hands on learning opportunities about agriculture and water; their importance in our local environment and role in our everyday lives.  The HSC’s activity this year was called the Pioneer Water Race.  The main messages in the Pioneer Water Race are: A fresh, clean water supply is necessary…

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‘An Oasis in our Backyard’

We were so pleased to speak at the latest Maitland Trail Association event.  Rachel White (Stewardship Coordinator, HSC) teamed up with Jennifer McCarter from the Nature Conservancy of Canada to talk about the wild and wonderful features of the Maitland River.  From the physical geography of the river valley, to rare arctic species, and ancient cedars along the Maitland River, the presentation generated some great discussion. If you’d like to get more involved with the Huron Stewardship Council, we are looking for…

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Reptiles at Risk Education in Huron County

An essential part of reptile conservation is education and outreach. Educating the public about native reptile species can help to change negative attitudes and dispel myths. That is why Jory Mullen (Lead Species at Risk Tech) and I (Monique Aarts, Species at Risk Tech) set out on a whirlwind Reptiles at Risk Tour around Huron County this October. We had help from Elizabeth Milne from the Nature Conservancy of Canada as well as a very dedicated volunteer, Bill Dineen.  Our…

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Snapping Turtle Hatchlings get Second Shot at Life

My name is Jory and I’m the lead reptile Species at Risk Technician for the Huron Stewardship Council. The spring is a busy time for many different animals, especially reptiles as they are emerging from hibernation, fattening up, and mating. This is an especially vulnerable time for turtles. In the spring, female turtles leave the safety of ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers to find a suitable place to lay their eggs. In the process, these turtles can cross dozens of…

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A Day in the Life of a ‘Queensnaker’

Hi!   My name is Monique, and I am one of the biologists working on the Huron Stewardship Council’s Queensnake Project this season. To give you an idea of what this project entails I will tell you about my day in the field. The day began by driving to one of the 23 Queensnake sites along the Maitland River. Each site is 200 meters in length and are spaced equally between Lake Huron and the Wawanosh Nature Conservation Area. This…

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Local conservation hero wins Ontario Nature award

Tom Lobb recognized for leadership in the protection of nature (Toronto, Ontario, July 3, 2014) – On June 21st, Ontario Nature, a leading conservation organization, recognized the exceptional contributions to natural habitat protection made by six individuals and two groups. The award ceremony was part of Ontario Nature’s 83nd Annual General Meeting and Gathering which took place at YMCA Geneva Park, located on the shores of Lake Couchiching. Tom Lobb, a local farmer and lifelong naturalist, received the Ontario Nature…

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Huron County counts its lucky salamanders

Huron County counts its lucky salamanders By Colleen Cirillo, Ontario Nature Enthusiasm can be curiously catchy. Before heading out on my first-ever bioblitz last Saturday (June 7) in Huron County, I was mildly interested in reptiles and amphibians. To be clear, I wished these critters no harm. In fact, I worried about their survival in this face of habitat fragmentation, pollution and climate change, but I did not yearn for encounters with them. Enter Rachel, and Tanya, and a team…

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Huron Bioblitz

Huron Bioblitz!  June 7, 2014 We were so pleased to work with Ontario Nature to run the first ever Huron Bioblitz.  There is a significant knowledge gap about the presence and number of reptiles and amphibians in Huron County.  Our efforts with the Bioblitz will help fill those gaps, inform the management of the county tracts, and hopefully contribute to their long-term conservation. On Saturday, June 7th, 45 participants and 15 organizers and volunteers worked together to inventory reptiles and amphibians in…

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Envirothon 2014

The Envirothon is a competition for high school students to test their knowledge of natural resources and presentation skills.   Many local partners work to deliver a preparation workshop and regional competition (CA staff, County of Huron staff, Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation staff, and volunteers).  This year, the HSC ran the presentation portion of the regional competition at Pinery Provincial Park.   Out of the seven teams that competed, the winning team for 2014 was from Goderich District Collegiate Institute (above picture)!…

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Huron-Perth Agriculture and Water Festival 2014

It was another successful year for the Huron-Perth Agriculture and Water Festival!  This is a fun and educational event that provides grade four students hands on learning opportunities about agriculture and water; their importance in our local environment and role in our everyday lives.  Participating students spend a half day in each of the water and agriculturally focused activities.  We are hopeful students who participate will become better stewards of our water resources and more aware of the agricultural community…

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