Recap: April Meeting with Leora Berman

Recap: April Meeting with Leora Berman

It was a blustery first Wednesday in April in Orillia, and 18 people joined in person at the Orillia Museum of Art & History and 18 joined via Zoom.

Recent Sightings:

  • White Fox with dark face
  • Flock of Turkeys with Males Displaying Courtship Behaviour
  • Red bellied Woodpeckers (several reports)
  • Snowy Owl
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Red Fox
  • Osprey
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Groundhog
  • Fisher

Presentation highlights:

The Land Between (TLB) bioregion sits “between” the Canadian Shield and St. Lawrence Lowlands, containing features of both of these landscapes as well as features completely unique to it. This patchwork produces a rich diversity across the landscape supporting 59 federally listed Species-at-Risk and also iconic yet fragile species like the loon, bear and moose.

Due to this diversity, TLB also provides ecosystem services like water supplies, water filtration, pollination, flood and disease control which benefit all of Ontario. These services buttress our resilience to a changing climate.

As one of 15 Community Nominated Priority Places in Canada, TLB provides a final opportunity to protect and recover nature through community-driven conservation action.

  • A number of species maps were shared highlighting the importance of the Land Between
  • Discussed some of the projects of the organization – found here
  • Leora also talked about Grace, the 125-year old Snapping Turtle (now sadly passed on) – read the Narwal article

Thank you Leora for your presentation!

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