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Spring Signals Spawning Season

Spring Signals Spawning Season

With air temperatures on the rise, it won’t be long before maple sap isn’t the only thing running. Each spring, as the ice on our lakes and rivers goes out, a number of fish species begin their spawning runs. Many people in the region are familiar with the spawning runs of rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax) ...
On Thin Ice: Trends and Implications for Great Lakes Ice Cover

On Thin Ice: Trends and Implications for Great Lakes Ice Cover

Whether you skate on it, ice fish through it, or you simply take in its sights and sounds, ice is worth celebrating. For those who live in the Georgian Bay Biosphere, ice cover is important to our economy, recreation, as well as to native species and their habitats. But what happens if we start to ...
Stalking sturgeon, tracking trout: acoustic telemetry reveals fish on the move!

Stalking sturgeon, tracking trout: acoustic telemetry reveals fish on the move!

Have you ever wondered how far a lake sturgeon travels in a year? Where lake trout spend their winters? Or where lake whitefish go to spawn? If you have, you are not alone. Researchers across the Great Lakes basin have been asking similar questions for decades. More recently, they have had the help of some ...
Uncovering Mysteries of the Ancient Lake Sturgeon

Uncovering Mysteries of the Ancient Lake Sturgeon

Last month we introduced you to lake sturgeon, the gentle giants of the Great Lakes. Although they have been around for a long time (think more than 200 million years!), there is still a lot to be learned about lake sturgeon habitat preferences, movements, behaviour, and much more. This month we’ll explore some examples of ...
Lake Sturgeon: Giants of the Great Lakes

Lake Sturgeon: Giants of the Great Lakes

If you have been lucky enough to see a lake sturgeon in the flesh, you have had the privilege of laying eyes on Ontario’s largest and longest-lived freshwater fish. These gentle giants were once abundant in the Great Lakes. Today, their populations are only a fraction of what they used to be. In fact, the ...
Fishing for facts: how is the Round Goby so successful?

Fishing for facts: how is the Round Goby so successful?

Most of us have heard of the Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus). Some of us might also know it’s an invasive species. Beyond that, however, your knowledge of the Round Goby may be a little like your knowledge of quarks: they’re something you’ve heard of, you know they’re important, but you couldn’t write more than a ...
Tick Check!

Tick Check!

Whether you are an avid hiker or just enjoy getting outdoors for some fresh air every now and then, you have probably been advised to “do a tick check” after spending time outdoors. Chances are you have a general idea of what ticks are and why you wouldn’t want any on your body, but in ...
Asian Carps: Avoiding Potential Invaders

Asian Carps: Avoiding Potential Invaders

Imagine: it’s a beautiful sunny day to go boating. You hop in, start the engine, and begin cruising through the still water. Suddenly, large, thrashing silver fish are throwing themselves from the water. Fish are flying everywhere! They land in your boat, flop madly around and turn a relaxing ride into a dangerous situation for ...
Is This Predator Too E-fish-ent for its Own Good?

Is This Predator Too E-fish-ent for its Own Good?

One of the most efficient marine predators is found right here in the Georgian Bay Biosphere region, as well as in lakes and waterways across Ontario. This animal has eyes perfectly developed for seeing its prey underwater. Unlike our human eyes, which have inflexible lenses that simply cannot change shape well enough to make a ...
Indigenous Fire (Shkode) Keeping and Land Management

Indigenous Fire (Shkode) Keeping and Land Management

Using fire as land management has been a practice for many Indigenous groups across the world. The Anishinaabe use fire (shkode) as a way of influencing the land and restoring ecosystems. Blueberries and other species thrive after fire burns competing vegetation and releases nutrients, creating better growing conditions and abundant harvests.  However, there has been a ...