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2015 Outings and Workshops for BNIA Membership

by Molly Mulloy

People loved last summer's workshops and outings. This year we are thrilled that Tracy Pawis and Glen Caradus have agreed to return. There will also be a Botany - Ecology outing; a 'Make Your Own Bay-friendly Cleaners' workshop; Yoga on the Bay, a Georgian Bay Land Trust talk and tour; and The GB Biosphere Reserve's Kid's program, water information session and shoreline event. For the GB Biosphere Reserve Kid's program, please contact Anne Stewart. Leave a message at 705-366-2148 or email astewart.anne@gmail.com for a Kid's Kit to use throughout the summer. Check the GBBR website for more details.

Please feel free to contact Molly Mulloy with comments, feedback, and ideas for future events. Phone 613-967-7899 before mid-June, email molly.mulloy7@gmail.com or text me @ 613-827-2623.

All outings are family events. Bring along friends, neighbours, and visitors. Workshops have limited space, so sign up asap. All outings and workshops are led by experts in their fields who are volunteering their services, for which we are most grateful. Dress appropriately for the weather: sun, wind, drizzle. Bring water and snacks, or a lunch if the event is over the lunch hour. Storm and high wind dates will be the following day. Changes and updates will be posted on the BNIA Facebook page and the notice board 'Events' postersat local marinas.

Botany on the Bay
with Margaret Catto and Molly Mulloy
When: Friday, July 10 @ 1 to 3 pm
Where : Painted Rocks north of Bayfield on Charles Inlet (just north of Bayfield)
Explore the plant life of this this spectacular stretch of reef. Margaret Catto and Molly Mulloy will introduce you to some of the early summer wildflowers, and explain how the reef ecology provides them with a unique and challenging environment for flourishing. You will find plants adapted to dry rocky areas, wet boggy swales, and shoreline bays. Bring a camera or binoculars if desired, and a wildflower guide if you have one.

Explore Our Shores
with Delaina Arnold of Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve
When: Saturday, July 18 @ 1 - 3 pm
Where: Springhaven Lodge beach near BNIA AGM site
Join the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve staff to learn about the biosphere in your backyard! There will be hands on activities and opportunities to ask the experts your questions. We’ll start with Bugs in the Mud and learn about the health of water from some of its smallest inhabitants; you’ll be up close and personal with cool aquatic critters! Then Living with Wildlife; discover new things about some of
your closest neighbours and learn simple tips for sharing habitat. Finally, Time for Trees! Wood you know what’s bugging your trees? Understand which insects pose a risk to area trees and what you can do to help protect your trees. For more information on this all ages workshop, contact Delaina Arnold at education@gbbr.ca.

Bay-Friendly Cleaners for Your Home,
Cottage and Boat
with Anne Stewart
When: Wednesday, July 22 @ 1 - 4 pm
Where: Cottage 583on the south side of the sailing bay in Nares Inlet
Save money & live healthier! Cleaning products often impact the health of us and the Bay, but they are also one of the easiest things to change. Cleaners can damage our ecology by adding toxins to the watershed. Learn how to assess products, read labels, find alternatives you can use, AND make your own cheaper and safer options. Feel free to bring labels, photos or containers of products you would like to know more about. We will make several less-toxic cleaners, and you can take samples (and recipes for them) home. Please bring : 1 small jar, 1 spray bottle, and one large jug with a cap (or pail with a lid). Used, clean, recycled containers are preferable.

Please RSVP Anne by text: 416-836-5509 or email her to reserve a space. Anne Stewart (CIPHI(C), BBEC) of Environmental Health Consulting Inc., specializes in improving the health of buildings and their occupants. Great improvements can be achieved by changing simple things in your space. Anne is a wealth of knowledge on how to make your home a healthier place to live. See www.annestewart.net for more information.

Georgian Bay Land Trust - Talk at AGM
& Walk at Thomson Land Trust
with Bill Lougheed, Executive Director of GBLT, Staff & Stewards
When: Sunday, July 26 talk @ AGM between 10 & 12 am; walk @ 2-4 pm
Where : AGM talk @ Springhaven Lodge beach; walk - meet at Thomson dock (Island 516 -1 on the boat channel exiting Nares on the south side)
At our BNIA's AGM, Executive Director of the GBLT, Bill Lougheed will give a short presentation "Celebrating the Preservation and Enjoyment of our Coast". Afterwards you are welcome to join Bill, GBLT staff and Thomson Land Trust stewards on a walk through some of the Thomson Trust property. The tour will cover the property's historic and ecological significance.

Yoga on the Bay
with Betty Morris, (registered Yoga Instructor)
When: Wednesday, July 29 @ 4 to 5:30 pm
Where: Paddle Tennis Courts, Nares Inlet (south side of Portage Bay)
Yoga's gentle stretching and breath work is marvellous therapy for the body and the soul! Betty Morris, RYT500 Yoga instructor, will lead a yoga session for all levels and ages on the Paddle Tennis Court. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one (or other foam cushion or a thick beach towel), wear comfy clothes and don't forget your sunscreen and hat. If it is too hot, we will move to a shady deck at the Morris cottage.

Phosphorus 101
with Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve Staff
When: August 5 @ 1 to 4 pm
Where: Regatta site at Amethyst Island, Bayfield Inlet
There will be an added event at our BNIA regatta. Come out and meet Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve educators and environmental scientists, and learn about the effects of Phosphorous in our water. 

Ojibway Handicraft Making
with Tracey Pawis
When: August 7 @ 11 am to 4 pm
Where : Springhaven Lodge, Nares Inlet
(front room of the lodge - enter from the water side)
Create your own medicine bag / purse / cell phone case with an optional infinity braided strap and hand beading or burning designs! Tracey Pawis, curator of G'zaagin Gallery in Parry Sound, will teach us traditional Ojibway leather work, and help us connect to the people our predecessors met and traded with here. To cover materials provided, a fee of $30 is required: $5 payable at registration (best left at Springhaven), the remainder on the day of the course. Seating is limited to 20 persons.

To register, sign up with Molly Mulloy: molly.mulloy7@gmail.com, or call 613-967-7899 before mid-June. Later registration can be made by leaving your name, contact information and a $5 deposit in an envelope for Molly Mulloy and signing the workshop sheet, at Springhaven Lodge. Sign up now! Complete payment at the workshop by cash, Visa or Mastercard. Tracy will bring a variety of handicrafts from her gallery in Parry Sound for sale - anyone is welcome to drop by and purchase a one-of-a-kind treasure in the porch on the water side of the lodge.

Tracey offers a number of other workshops at the Gallery, including quill box making, moccasins, medicine pouches, drum making, dream catchers and kid's art camp. Check the gallery website www.gzaagin.ca for details, or visit the gallery on your next Parry Sound outing @ 11 James Street.

Puppet Show, Music and Games
with Glen Caradus (of the Paddling Puppeteers)
When: August 15 @ 2 - 4 pm
Where : Springhaven Lodge beach (@ the BNIA's AGM site)
We are fortunate that Glen could squeeze us into his busy summer schedule. His show has enthralled old and young alike for several years, with at least one family organizing their holiday time around it! Glen performs from far northern reserves to provincial parks to New York City stages. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of educational entertainment and fun. Glen's work is based on his love and respect for the natural environment.


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