A land of hope and its essential shorelands
The Land Between is a region extending from the Georgian Bay Coast to the Ottawa Valley and is the last intact wilderness in southern Ontario. It is also a land of hope. The Land Between region is an ecotone – a meeting place between two ecoregions of the Canadian Shield and St. Lawrence Lowlands. It is therefore a meeting place of species from both north and south, and a place of high biodiversity. This land is a final stronghold and refuge many species and also ecosystem services which support our health and well-being as well as buffer against Climate Change impacts – that is, if it is kept intact.
The region is not only ecologically significant, but it has the most shorelines in Ontario and some of the rarest wildlife. Shorelands in The Land Between are also essential for our well-being, because, like the region, shorelands are meeting places too. Here, upland meets lowland. And like The Land Between, natural shorelands are the areas that harbour some of the highest diversity within a lake. When shorelands are intact, they support the health and well-being of both aquatic and upland species, and they keep us healthy too.
The unique ecology, culture and functions of the region and of the shore will be showcased in this presentation, towards a greater understanding of these important landscapes. Knowledge and tools to support conservation and restoration of these important areas will be also be shared to empower actions and inspire changes that will keep us all healthy into the future. The presentation will also feature a brief overview of the Blue Lakes Program and why it is a solution that fits our collective needs!
Presentations to Blue Lake audiences are free, however, a donation to the charity is appreciated to support this event.
Minimum participant level: 20