Freshwater Mussels: Ontario's Best Kept Secret
|Speakers:||Maude Tremblay, Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans|
|Date:||May 16, 2016|
|Location:||Our regular meeting location|
When most people hear the word "mussel", they think of either a nice white wine reduction or zebra mussels fouling their boats and docks. But there are others! Did you know that Ontario has over 40 species, many of which are species at risk? Native freshwater mussels are important indicators of a healthy ecosystem, and most people don't even know they are there! When they disappear, it is an early sign that other species may soon be lost as well.
Our speaker, Maude Tremblay, is an aquatic biologist, with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, who has a particular fondness for these little known creatures. When she is not "biologizing", she can be found at her home or out exploring with her husband, David, and dog, Benji. Come join her on May 16th to learn about the secret world of freshwater mussels, our "buried" treasure.
OUTING: Hiking Marcy's Woods
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 10:00 am
Meet at the end of Holloway Bay Rd.
Don't miss our annual outing to Marcy Woods on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The woods are bursting with new life. Blossoms abound and trees are budding. Look for migratory birds, butterflies and breeding amphibians. The entire family will enjoy this walk through woodlands, dunes and pristine shoreline.
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