Ganaraska Conservation News

BioBlitz With Us on June 24th!

June 15, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

Your Children and the Great Outdoors

June 6, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

Funding Available for Environmental Projects

June 5, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

Get Your Rain Barrel This Spring

May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

Invasive Plants Pose Problems

May 3, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

Return of the Birds

April 3, 2018 | Comments Off on 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”…

BioBlitz With Us!

March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

Linking the Past to the Future – Trees for Rural Roads

March 13, 2018 | Comments Off on 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…

GRCA Elects New Full Authority Board Chair and Vice Chair

February 20, 2018 | Comments Off on GRCA Elects New Full Authority Board Chair and Vice Chair

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) held their 71st Annual General Meeting in Port Hope on Thursday, February 15th. Wendy Partner, Councillor Ward 4 for The Municipality of Clarington was elected as Chair of the Conservation Authority. As well, Jeff Lees Chair of Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee with The Municipality of Port Hope was…

Be Flood Prepared

February 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Be Flood Prepared

Last year was a record-breaking year of water for Ontario; which was the complete opposite of drought-ridden 2016. So much rain fell that Lake Ontario swelled to record high water levels by the end of May. Flooding and erosion along the shoreline of Lake Ontario became a top news story; damages occurred to public properties;…