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Expanding and improving habitat along Bauman Creek: a cold-water stream restoration story

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The channelized portion of Bauman Creek immediately downstream of Blair Road in Cambridge, where the water first enters Blair Flats. Credit: J. McDonald

With the support of the Loblaw Water Fund, rare undertook a restoration of Bauman Creek, a cold water stream located on rare property.

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Cleaning up the Bruce Peninsula shoreline

Credit: Smera Sukumar

Credit: Smera Sukumar

On a pleasantly windy day on the north Bruce Peninsula, volunteers and conservation staff gathered at Baptist Harbour Nature Reserve to clean up the shoreline. With water lapping at the dolostone, shorebirds flying overhead and the orange cedars surrounding us, we explored the property in search of washed up garbage and evidence of dumping.

Baptist Harbour Nature Reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife,

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Removing Plant Invaders!

One challenge every land trust faces is managing invasive species. Invasive plants and wildlife are often accidentally brought to Ontario from other parts of the world and, in the absence of natural predators and competitors, crowd out native species. Some familiar invaders include dog-strangling vine, emerald ash borer and garlic mustard.

Credit: Smera Sukumar

Credit: Smera Sukumar

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Planting for the future

Willoughby Nature Reserve, Credit: Ontario Nature

Willoughby Nature Reserve, Credit: Ontario Nature

On August 19th, I joined a group that was setting off on a tree-planting mission at Ontario Nature’s Willoughby Nature Reserve, near Caledon. Armed with shovels and enthusiasm, we were determined to plant 220 trees in just five hours.

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Planting for Pollinators in Kinghurst Forest

Participants take a well-deserved break after planting 180 wildflowers, Credit: Lynn Miller

Participants take a well-deserved break after planting 180 wildflowers, Credit: Lynn Miller

The Ontario Nature Youth Council’s Special Spaces events have wrapped up for this year. All of them were extremely successful, but the highlight for me was the wildflower planting event I attended at Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve.

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