by Robert Pye, Executive Director It’s time for an ugly Christmas sweater and an eggnog mustache smile as we share the holiday cheer with our great friends and supporters of Watersheds Canada. Under many Christmas trees this year are the stunning images of otters, beavers, monarch butterflies, brook trout and wild columbine. These creations by Canadian artists, were delivered from Watersheds Canada, signed with care by our symbolic “gift of nature” givers, and addressed in honour of ... Read More
Choose your own adventure with the Ottawa Faith Community Capacity Building Program
by Jane Pangilinan The Ottawa Faith Community Capacity Building (OFCCB) initiative is a collaboration between Greening Sacred Spaces and Watersheds Canada made to empower six faith communities with the ability to enhance their community, both in the environment and with each other. Bridging the gap between awareness and stewardship, the OFCCB will support and provide the resources needed to develop and lead a local environmental project. The OFFCB will help six faith communities to kickstart ... Read More
Welcoming in the season of giving!
by Jane Pangilinan The season of giving has arrived! As you wonder what to give your friends and family as gifts during the holidays, did you know you can create a positive impact while doing so? A great gift to give is one that gives back to communities. While there are so many deserving organizations, Watersheds Canada is a good candidate for your contributions. We are dedicated to protecting Canada’s freshwater resources through providing education and resources based in the ... Read More
Invasive Aquatic Species: The invaders we can and cannot see
by Christopher Dennison Most lakeshore residents in Ontario have likely heard of at least one aquatic invasive species and the significant threats they pose to freshwater ecosystems. Some are hard to miss. Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) (not currently established in Ontario but at risk of entering the Great Lakes) are known for their propensity to leap metres out of the water in chaotic frenzies. Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are prolific in many of Ontario’s lakes and ... Read More
20 years of Watersheds Canada
by Robert Pye Planting now for our next 20 years “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is now.” Appropriately enough, the best time for Watersheds Canada to share this action-now-adage is this year as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary. It’s humbling to reminisce about Watersheds Canada’s lake association roots that were planted around the turn of the millennial. The light of twenty birthday candles shines on the fact that we have never stopped ... Read More
Let Us Prioritize Freshwater this Ontario Election Season!
by Darlene Coyle, Environmental Policy and Planning Lead at Watersheds Canada Keeping up the momentum from our Engaging Elected Municipal Officials to Protect our Freshwater webinar, now is the time to act! Candidates across Ontario are campaigning for the upcoming municipal election on October 24th and it is up to you to bring freshwater issues to the top of the agenda. This is especially true since municipalities readily market their clean, beautiful, healthy freshwater for tourism, ... Read More
Give Bats a Home this Halloween!
Though we don't always see them, bats are incredibly important to the spaces where we live - they eat thousands of insects each night, and act as important pollinators, bringing pollen further than a butterfly or bee would be able to. This Halloween, you can provide a home for bats. Bat houses provide a place to roost and rest so they can keep doing their amazing work each night. You can take action today by Giving Bats a Home this Halloween! This is not an in-person or online event. The ... Read More
Municipal election time – a river day runs through it
World Rivers Day reminds the world why Canadians should be proud of our watersheds. Over 8,000 river systems define our nation as well as our small towns. The mighty MacKenzie, Yukon, St. Lawrence, Fraser, and thousands of other rivers are the precious places that Watersheds Canada wants people to think about on the fourth Sunday of September. This year's World Rivers Day, September 25th, flows through the midst of municipal election time in Ontario. Watersheds Canada is already working ... Read More
Go with the Flow: Rivers and Streams
by Alana Coulombe Naturally occurring freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams are connected through a dynamic network. Freshwater lakes are typically immobile bodies of water surrounded by land on all sides. Rivers consist of currents that flow down a channel and connect to larger water bodies. Like rivers, streams contain flowing water and often merge forming larger streams and rivers. An ordering framework classifies the streams within watersheds such that a stream at the highest elevation is ... Read More
The importance of community
by Jane Pangilinan Have you heard of the Freshwater Stewardship Community (FSC)? The FSC is a virtual community that aims to connect people around Canada who care about freshwater issues. Launched and led by Watersheds Canada, the Freshwater Stewardship Community welcomes you to network, connect, learn, and act. The Freshwater Stewardship Community Looking for a community that shares a love of nature and a passion towards tackling water issues? The FSC is perfect for those interested in ... Read More
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