Posts by Amy Griffiths

Give the Gift of Nature to Your Child This Summer

With summer in full swing, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) invites local parents to give the gift of nature and outdoor education to their children. Would your child know what to do if he/she were lost in a forest? Would they know how to identify poison ivy? Is your child curious about the natural…

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Protecting Our Resources

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is reminding residents to take care of storm drains and road ditches, and to protect water sources in their community. Unlike the water that goes down your sink to sanitary sewers, water that flows into storm drains is not always treated for pollutants. Similarly, water that flows down ditches…

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BioBlitz With Us on June 24th!

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Northumberland BioBlitz being conducted in the Ganaraska Forest! The BioBlitz, in association with the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative and supported by the Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network, takes place next weekend. There are selected sites in the 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest…

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Your Children and the Great Outdoors

Would your child know what to do if he/she were lost in a forest?  Would they know how to identify poison ivy? Is your child curious about the natural world? Do they know where turtles go in the winter? All of these questions and many more will be answered when your child attends the Ganaraska…

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Funding Available for Environmental Projects

Do you want to do something on your property to conserve, restore or enhance the watershed and environment? Did you know that funding is available to assist with this? The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Clean Water-Healthy Land Financial Assistance Program offers environmental technical assistance, tools and information to residents, businesses, schools and service clubs within…

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Get Your Rain Barrel This Spring

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has partnered with RainBarrel.ca in selling rain barrels this spring. For a cost of $55.00 (includes taxes) you can receive the many benefits a rain barrel can offer: You can water with rainwater anytime, regardless of lawn watering restrictions Soft rainwater is preferred by your plants Rainwater is free…

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Invasive Plants Pose Problems

Invasive plants are species that have been accidentally or deliberately introduced to an area outside of their normal range, and which due to their rapid spread, become a threat to the environment, the economy or to human health. One invasive plant that has spread rapidly into Northumberland County is garlic mustard. This biennial begins its…

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Return of the Birds

One of the most obvious signs of spring is the arrival of songbirds, filling our world with colour and song. There is a pattern to the spring migration that is consistent from year to year. Among the first to arrive are the red-winged blackbirds, appearing in mid-March and filling the air with their loud “check”…

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BioBlitz With Us!

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Northumberland BioBlitz will be conducted in the Ganaraska Forest! This event, in association with the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative, will take place the weekend of June 23rd-24th 2018. Mark your calendars! There will be selected sites in the 11,000 acre Ganaraska…

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Linking the Past to the Future – Trees for Rural Roads

Have you ever thought about how our beautiful roadside trees came to be? In the 1870s, the Ontario Government, through local municipalities, provided an incentive of twenty-five cents a tree to farmers if they planted roadsides with trees from their woodlots. The majority of trees planted were native maples. This gave rise to an important…

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