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What does a beaver in Tuktoyaktuk mean for Grey-Bruce?

An interesting news piece on an invasive species conference held in Yellowknife, which included reports and presentations by scientists and long-time residents who know the land well. The clear conclusion is that climate change is accelerating such that habitats are noticeably shifting. If a beaver has been found near the edge of the Arctic coast, what might be coming to our region? Will Virginia Possums, who have already moved in to the area, and raccoons be fighting it out for habitat dominance 🙂

EAB on Quirks and Quarks

CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks aired a piece on the Emerald Ash Borer. In this audio link you will hear perhaps some of what you already knew but also some updated info which will be of interest to most BGWA members.

OMNRF Forest Health Conditions Report Released

The most recent forest health conditions report is now available! Compiling this report is a team effort by Biodiversity and Monitoring Section’s forest health monitoring crew, who work with other MNRF staff and external partners to keep tabs on what’s bugging Ontario’s forests. Highlights from 2016: Continue reading

Tree-Killing Pests Head North

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Dutch Elm Disease, now common in south-central Ontario are on the move northward. See these recent articles:

1,600 parasitic wasps released in Ontario, Quebec to fight EAB

The Canadian Forest Service announced Wednesday it is releasing parasitic wasps in Ontario and Quebec this week in an effort to control the population of emerald ash borers. Read full story on CBC News. What do you think?? Leave a comment, start a discussion.

Update on EAB in Grey-Bruce

See this recent Owen Sound Sun-Times article for an update on the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in Grey & Bruce counties. BGWA Board members Donna Lacey and Cam Bennett were featured interviewees in the story.

ow the Emerald Ash Borer sees may be key to stopping it

eabWoodlands-related news from Science Daily: This iridescent jewel beetle, responsible for the death of more than 50 million ash trees in the United States, has blazed an absolute path of destruction west since its discovery in Michigan in 2002. Recently the pest has been detected in Colorado, and just this spring it was confirmed in Nebraska and Texas. Researchers have been doing more than just watching the migration patterns — they’ve been studying the creature in hopes of helping to slow it. Read full article.