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Learn about the Bad Guys Jan. 26

Intelligencer Staff,
The Intelligencer,
January 9 2017

The good and bad of invasive species will be discussed at an upcoming Hastings County Stewardship Council speaking event.

Learn about the Bad Guys – Invasive Species from the Invading Species Awareness Program, as well as the story on invasive species in our local watershed on January 26 in Ivanhoe. Ontario Nature will also present the Good Guys – Species at Risk in Hastings County.

This is the second event in the stewardship council’s winter speaker series.

Kyle Borrowman, from the Invading Species Awareness Program of Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, will present the Big Picture: an overview of hot topics in 2016, such as plant and animal species covered under the Invasive Species Act, where to report sightings, and how to find information about troublesome invasive species such as Giant Hogweed. Guests will learn how climate change has altered the picture, and discover programs for volunteers.

Anne Anderson from Lower Trent Conservation will provide an update on what is happening locally within the watershed and alert people to plants and other species to watch for.

Smera Sukumar, of Ontario Nature in Conservation Science, will present a snapshot of Species at Risk in our area.

In Ontario, 75 per cent of reptiles and 35 per cent of amphibians are listed as nationally and provincially at-risk. These animals face many threats including habitat loss and fragmentation, road mortality and human persecution. Learn how you can help, through citizen science projects, like the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, which track the distribution of reptiles and amphibians throughout the province.

The event will take place Thursday, January 26 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Huntington Veterans Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, in Ivanhoe. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person (or a donation) will help cover costs. Admission is free for children.

For more information, contact Matt Caruana at 613-391-9034 or info@hastingsstewardship.ca. Or visit hastingsstewardship.ca