BRACEBRIDGE - Parry Sound-Muskoka is home to 34 species at risk, some of which, while plentiful here, are found nowhere else in the world. That is why stewardship of these imperilled species is critical to their survival.
SPECIES AT RISK.
The Massasauga rattlesnake is just one of the 34 species at risk found in Muskoka that participants will learn about at the 2012 Muskoka Stewardship Conference on April 28.
Photo by Jan McDonnell
Would you know if one of these species was on your property? Do you know what to do if you find one?
Species at risk will feature prominently at the 2012 Muskoka Stewardship Conference in April with a number of speakers scheduled to provide information about many of the turtles, snakes, and birds found in our area.
Species at Risk was one of four stewardship guides developed by the Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC) and Muskoka Heritage Foundation (MHF) over the past year and a half. All four stewardship guides provide the inspiration for presentations at the 2012 conference, also including living with beavers, building a trail in your woodlands and restoring your shoreline.
The Muskoka Stewardship Conference is organized by Muskoka Watershed Council, Muskoka Heritage Foundation and the District Municipality of Muskoka as a way to bring together local land and water stewards to learn and network.
In addition to the stewardship guide topics, the conference will feature keynote speaker Andrew Watson, a York University PhD candidate from the department of history and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability.
Watson will be discussing the ways in which the human footprint along the shoreline has changed over the last 100 years by focussing on what the pressures and concerns were a century ago. His presentation will illustrate the importance of the past in making responsible choices for the present and future.
The 2012 Muskoka Stewardship Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Nipissing University, Muskoka Campus, 125 Wellington Street in Bracebridge. The cost is $30. To register visit muskokaheritage.org/mwc.