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Weird and Whacky Water Wonders!

Weird and Whacky Water Wonders!

Georgian Bay and the surrounding inland lakes and rivers are full of wonderful surprises. Every summer we receive emails from residents and visitors with questions about the interesting things they see in the water. For this month’s blog post, we have compiled a list of some of the water wonders that we are most commonly ...
Turtles in Trouble & How You Can Help

Turtles in Trouble & How You Can Help

Here at the Biosphere, we love hearing uplifting stories about sightings of species at risk! Lots of Biosphere residents see turtles on a regular basis during the summer months. There are six species of turtles found in the Georgian Bay Biosphere. Sadly, all six species are listed as “species at risk” by the Federal Species at ...
The Spiny Water Flea: The Tiny Zooplankton Creating Big Problems

The Spiny Water Flea: The Tiny Zooplankton Creating Big Problems

Georgian Bay is well known for producing trophy-sized fish, but the smaller inhabitants of the waters are often overlooked. Zooplankton are small aquatic animals that make up part of what is referred to as the lower food web of Georgian Bay. This month we take a closer look at one zooplankton in particular, the spiny ...
The Very Hungry (LDD Moth) Caterpillar

The Very Hungry (LDD Moth) Caterpillar

If you have been outside recently exploring the trails in your area or just getting out in your yard, you have probably encountered numerous caterpillars and their handiwork. These are LDD caterpillars, also called gypsy moth caterpillars. LDD moth caterpillars defoliating trees The LDD moth (whose acronym arises from its Latin name Lymantria dispar dispar) originates in ...
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 ...