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Introducing Cognashene’s Portage Island Reserve

Posted on July 20, 2017

Cognashene’s turtles, fish, birds and more have a permanent place to call home at the newly protected Portage Island Reserve. Donated to the Georgian Bay Land Trust by Rob and Val Thompson, this 5 acre property contains a variety of key habitats for local species. A long shoreline on a sheltered bay means this property is home to high quality wetlands where at-risk species like the Northern Map Turtle thrive. Mixed deciduous and coniferous forest and shrubbed rock barrens round out the property, allowing many species to easily travel between the different habitat types they need throughout their life cycle….

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We’re Moving!

Posted on June 20, 2017

The Georgian Bay Land Trust is relocating our Toronto office space. You can now find us at: Georgian Bay Land Trust 120 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 1000 Toronto, ON  M4P 1E2 Please update our mailing address in your records – all other contact information remains the same.

Georgian Bay Skies Photo Contest

Posted on May 31, 2017

Capture your best photo of a Georgian Bay sky and enter our photo contest! Photos should feature the sky but can contain other elements (trees, rocks, water, etc.) Be creative! We love sunsets, but there is so much more to the skies of Georgian Bay. Here are a few ideas for photos that will stand out from the pack: Night skies Cloud formations Storms and lightning Rainbows Clear blue skies And more! 25 winning photos will be selected to be part of our “Georgian Bay Skies” poster, to come out in November 2017. All winners will receive a free mounted copy…

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Migratory bird tracking program launched!

Posted on May 16, 2017

Big news for bird science! The Georgian Bay Land Trust has installed our first of three remote telemetry stations, which will track the flight paths of migratory birds using the Motus tracking system, in partnership with Bird Studies Canada. This tower, installed at the Port Severn Wetlands, has a 15km range, with two antenna pointing towards Beausoleil, and a third toward Matchedash Bay. A further two towers will be installed on Brebeuf Island and Giant’s Tomb. Together, these three towers will form a line that should record any tracked bird travelling up the eastern Georgian Bay coast – an area…

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Welcome Janet Brough Tinsley, Senior Development Officer

Posted on April 12, 2017

The Georgian Bay Land Trust is delighted to welcome Janet Brough Tinsley as our new Senior Development Officer. Janet has been summering in Wah Wah Taysee all her life with family roots in the area dating back over 80 years. Many of you may already know Janet – those who don’t, be sure to say hello when you see her on the bay this summer! Janet is passionate about sharing the beauty of the bay while preserving and protecting it for future generations. She has had a long and rewarding career in marketing and advertising with a number of well-known…

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Congratulations to our King Family Bursary winners!

Posted on April 10, 2017

The Georgian Bay Land Trust is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s King Family Bursary. Supported by the Wally and Marilyn King Endowment Fund, as well as an anonymous donor, the bursary provides $3,500 to support projects that promote knowledge and appreciation of eastern Georgian Bay and/or the North Channel. This year’s winners are both embarking on very important projects for Georgian Bay. Katherine Denune will spend the summer tackling one of the biggest threats to conservation on the Bay, invasive Phragmites, while Boshdayosgaykwe will set out to document one of the area’s most important cultural practices, the…

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Passion for Georgian Bay

Posted on November 17, 2016

A new book has just been published on the founding of the Township of the Archipelago. Passion for Georgian Bay chronicles the efforts of a group of ordinary citizens to establish a new township in the District of Parry Sound during the latter decades of the twentieth century. The Georgian Bay Association, led by Tony Ormsby and then Wally King, provided the leadership for this significant accomplishment, with help from Gary French and Tom Martin. Professionally written and containing detailed maps and other interesting documentation, this full colour publication of over 200 pages with some lovely Bay photo’s is an…

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Steamboat Channel Protected!

Posted on July 18, 2016

Hooray! After more ups and downs than we can count, and incredible effort and generosity from our community of supporters, we are thrilled to announce that the 35 acre northern section of Pointe au Baril’s Mackenzie Island is now protected by the Georgian Bay Land Trust. Known locally simply as “Steamboat” after the channel whose southern shore it borders, this property is both highly ecologically significant and historically treasured by the Pointe au Baril community. One of Georgian Bay’s few remaining pockets of old growth white pine forest is found here, a rare occurrence as the coast was so extensively…

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The Georgian Bay Land Trust protects Crane Lake Reserve

Posted on June 24, 2016

The Georgian Bay Land Trust welcomed a new protected property to our network last week. The Crane Lake Reserve is located on the northern shore of Crane Lake, just to the west of Blackstone Lake. One of the Land Trust’s few inland properties, the reserve boasts more extensive soil development than is common along coastal Georgian Bay, and contains sugar maple and eastern hemlock forests in its inland portions. The reserve’s shoreline consists of an interior coastal wetland, which provides an important link to a significant high-quality wetland adjacent to the property. Protection by the Georgian Bay Land Trust ensures…

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At-risk wading bird call sampling at Port Severn Wetlands

Posted on May 30, 2016

Last week, Ministry of Natural Resources scientists were busy installing a sound recording station at our Port Severn Wetlands property. The purpose of this sampling station is to fill important knowledge gaps pertaining to the distribution of two at-risk birds in Ontario. The King Rail (Rallus elegans) is classified as Endangered in Ontario (SARO) and across Canada (SARA), and the Least Bittern (lxobrychus exilis) is classified as Threatened in Ontario and across Canada. Port Severn Wetlands is known to provide habitat for these birds, and forms an important part of a larger study of their habitats and distribution across the province….

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King Family Bursary Winners

Posted on April 18, 2016

The Georgian Bay Land Trust has awarded our third annual King Family Bursary to two talented artists who will each set out to capture different aspects of the Bay this coming summer. Melanie Gausden will examine the interaction between people and the Bay in a series of paintings, while Sylvia Galbraith will focus her photographic talents on the geologic forces at work in our environment. Congratulations Melanie and Sylvia! We’d like to thank Wally and Marilyn King, as well as an anonymous donor, for funding this bursary which aims to promote knowledge and appreciation of the eastern shore of Georgian…

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1960s Wooden Outboard for Sale

Posted on March 29, 2016

The Georgian Bay Land Trust is selling a boat and motor that were bequeathed to us along with the Thomson Reserve property in Nares Inlet. Please see below for details about the boat and how to make an offer. This is the boat that accompanied the final bequest of the cottage islands from Robert Thomson’s estate to the Georgian Bay Land Trust. It came documented as “a 1971 Voyager boat and 1964 Johnson 50 hp motor” but it is likely that if those years apply, they have been reversed. The motor is clearly not from 1964, but the hull could be. Boat is…

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Scotiabank 5K Charity Challenge – October 18th 2015

Posted on September 29, 2015

On October 18th, the Georgian Bay Land Trust will be participating in the 5K Charity Challenge as part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. We’ll be running or walking 5K and raising funds to help us protect the wilderness of Georgian Bay. Want to get involved? Join us for the walk or make a donation to our team. WOULD YOU LIKE TO WALK WITH US? It’s easy to sign up, and there’s free registration for the first 20 walkers! Click here to register for the walk. Do not enter a discount code on Step 2. On Step 3, select Yes next to Would you…

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You Could Win a Rossiter 14 Boat & 40 HP Yamaha Motor in the GBLT Lottery!

Posted on July 8, 2015

Support the GBLT and you could cruise home in this beautiful Rossiter 14—designed here in Georgian Bay—with a 40 HP Yamaha Four Stroke Engine! All proceeds help protect Georgian Bay wilderness. Tickets are just $25, 2 for $40, or 3 for $50. Buy your tickets by phone at 416.440.1519 ext 102 Tickets are also available at GBLT events this summer, and at: Desmasdons Boatworks Generously donated by Rossiter Boats and Desmasdons Boatworks Georgian Bay Trust Foundation, Inc. Lic #M473628. Draw date and location: Noon, Jan 19, 2016 at 51 Highland Ave, Barrie ON 2,000 tickets printed. Prize value $27,000 incl. HST.

Wild Mammals Photo Contest

Posted on May 7, 2015

Capture a wild Georgian Bay mammal with your camera and enter the GBLT’s 2015 photo contest. The contest is open for submissions until September 15th, 2015 (*deadline extended until September 30th), at which time 25 winning photos will be selected to be made into a poster. All submissions must be original photos from the eastern shore of Georgian Bay or the North Channel. Photos do not need to have been taken in 2015 – if you have a great shot from the past we’d love to see it. Only digital submissions will be accepted, and all photos must have a minimum…

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Welcome to our new Director of Development: Jason Wagar

Posted on April 21, 2015

  The GBLT is delighted to welcome Jason Wagar to our team as our new Director of Development. Jason holds a Masters of Charity Marketing and Fundraising from the Sir John Cass Business School at City University London, and comes to us after three years as the Senior Manager of Individual Giving and Foundations at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), he is an Instructor of Fundraising at Ryerson University and has previously worked as the Manager of Donor Services and Marketing with the Toronto Community Foundation. Jason’s personal experience with land trusts began when his…

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King Family Bursary Winners

Posted on March 19, 2015

The GBLT is thrilled to announce this year’s winners of the King Family Bursary. With over fifty wonderful original applications our judges had a very difficult time making the final decision, but we’re confident that this year’s winners will be more than up to the challenge of creating unique and meaningful works that will help us all appreciate and understand Georgian Bay. Congratulations to Kendall Flower and Jillian McDonald! We’d like to sincerely thank all applicants and wish them well in their work. It was very inspiring to see so many creative and passionate responses to Georgian Bay and we…

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Bayscapes Art Auction Raises $40,000

Posted on November 27, 2014

A big thank you to the wonderful artists who made everything possible, and our fantastic sponsors and volunteers without whom we could not have run the night. Special thanks to Mary Ann Sayers, Event Chair, and Lewis Reis, Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you to everyone who purchased artwork and to all who came out in support of the Bay. We hope you enjoyed the night as much as we did!

The Unsinkable Janet Lougheed

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After 9 years of unflagging dedication to the GBLT, Janet Lougheed is retiring from the position of Communications and Development Director to do some world travels with husband George. Janet has been the spark-plug of the organization and we will dearly miss her. She will continue to help the GBLT out in an advisory role. A full tribute to Janet will appear in this winter’s LandScript. From all of us we wish Janet and husband George the same smooth sailing as they enjoy their trips ahead.

The Annual Bayscapes Art Auction

Posted on October 10, 2014

The Georgian Bay Land Trust invites you to a night of friends, fun, and fantastic artwork, all in support of the Bay. The auction features the work of well known artists John Hartman and Ed Bartram as well as our fantastic community artists including Gill Cameron, Cathy Griggs, Jim Lorriman and more. Silent auction will include Georgian Bay based adventures and beautiful cottage and home items. Don’t miss this chance to see your summer friends, sip Georgian Bay Gin and Georgian Bay Beer, and take home one of these one-of-a-kind pieces! Tickets Tickets are $50, and available for purchase »»…

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Blanding’s Turtle habitat survey

Posted on September 8, 2014

During the 2013 summer field season, we actively surveyed 4 islands owned by the Georgian Bay Land Trust (Figure 1). These data (Table 1) were collected to validate Blanding’s turtle habitat suitability models created for the Georgian Bay archipelago. These data will be used in a geographic information system (GIS) to allow us to determine the accuracy of our habitat models. Our goal is to produce a model which accurately predicts islands in the Georgian Bay archipelago that provide suitable habitat for the Blanding’s turtle. This model will aid in the protection and management of this species at risk and…

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Dr. Norman Pearson 1928–2014

Posted on August 8, 2014

It is with much sadness that we learned recently that Norman passed away, August 8, 2014, in London Ontario. He was predeceased, earlier this year, by his wife, Gerda. They had no children. Norman fulfilled his military service in the RAF and later, the RCAF, as Navigator, NATO Command. Norman came to Canada in 1954 after graduation in Fine Arts, with honours in Town and Country Planning at the University of Durham, England, and obtained his PhD in Land Economy and Ecological Planning at the Institute of Advanced Studies in 1979. Norman received many honours, awards and citations both academic…

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