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World Water Day Ottawa 2020 – Water Can Help Fight Climate Change

World Water Day Ottawa 2020 – Water Can Help Fight Climate Change

(Theme 6 – Natural Capital)

Organization: Blue Drinks Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Sunday, March 22, 2020 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Objective:

Blue Drinks Ottawa is thrilled to be hosting their annual World Water Day event with support from the Canadian Water Resources Association, and the Canadian Water Network Student and Young Professionals Committee. Enjoy film screenings that showcase the importance of water, followed by an interactive discussion about the films and water issues. Please note that this event will be in English. The film screenings will begin at 3:30 pm, doors will open at 3:00 pm.

Looking forward to celebrating World Water Day with you!

Location:
Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 3X3

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NCC: Piece of conservation puzzle added to Ottawa Valley

NCC: Piece of conservation puzzle added to Ottawa Valley

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital)

Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Timeline for Completion: Started Feb 2020 Ongoing

Objective:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing the protection of a 31-hectare (78-acre) forest and wetland property in the municipality of Bristol, Quebec.

Located 60 kilometres west of Gatineau, the site is part of the Greater Bristol Marsh Area, where NCC already protects more than 1,100 hectares (2,718 acres). This land purchase was made possible thanks to the landowner and financial support from the Governments of Quebec, Canada and the United States, as well as the private sector.

Many biologists consider this region, with its abundant biodiversity, to be one of the most important natural areas in the province. The Ottawa Valley region, which includes the Greater Bristol Marsh Area, is filled with exceptional forests and wetlands.

The region is home to many species listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) and/or the Quebec Act Respecting Threatened or Vulnerable Species (ARTVS).

They include the largest populations of Blanding’s turtle, eastern musk turtle, eastern ribbonsnake and butterfly weed in Quebec. Also a haven for winged wildlife, 13 priority species under the North American Bird Conservation Initiative have been observed in this region.

Great blue heron and mallard also make their home there. The property’s mature forests provide resting and nesting areas for several species of climbing birds such as those of the Picidae family, to which woodpeckers belong.

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OPL-LAC Joint Facility – Come Together

OPL-LAC Joint Facility - Come Together

(Theme 3 – Design, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: City of Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: 2024

Objective:

Welcome to your new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. The result of unprecedented partnerships and community engagement, the story of this groundbreaking project is about two major public institutions coming together to build a place where—when its doors open in 2024—Ottawa residents, Canadians and visitors from around the world will come together to connect to learn, discover, and create.

•The joint programs and services will make this a truly unique offering in Canada.

•The new facility will be a gathering place where people can connect to each other, their history, the resources they seek and the discoveries they make.

•It will be a modern facility that will respond to rapidly developing technology, growing customer expectations and changing demographics.

•Built to a minimum of LEED Gold certification and accessible by light-rail and multi-use pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, the facility will be part of building a sustainable Ottawa.

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Counting is Caring: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Counting is Caring: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Birds Canada

Timeline for Completion: Feb 14 – 17, 2020

Objective:

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a joint partnership between Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Bird Studies Canada as the official Canadian partner. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages birdwatchers of all ages across North America in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate, from beginners to experts. You can count for as little as 15 minutes on a single day, or for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the birds!

It’s as simple as counting the birds at a location near you,estimating how many birds you saw of each species, and filling out an online checklist on the Great Backyard Bird Count website. As the count progresses, you can visit the GBBC website to view results and share photographs. You can also enter the photo contest, win prizes, and share your experiences on the Facebook and Twitter social networks.

To read more about the GBBC and to find out how you can join, please visit: www.birdcount.org

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Adventure Report – Trip reports with enough detail to get you there

Adventure Report - Trip reports with enough detail to get you there

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Megan Kelly Blog – Hiking, Biking, & Paddling

Timeline for Completion: OngoingStarted 2017 Ongoing

Objective:

Hi there! My name is Meg, and I live in Ottawa. I love to go on adventures, big and small, with my family. And I spend entirely too much time on the internet.
In my defense, I spend a lot of time trying to find cool places to go for our next adventure, and how to get there. Let alone what I should bring, how long a trail or route is, how long it will take me, if there are facilities nearby… You get it.

I love reading about trips that other people have gone on, but it’s a little frustrating when there isn’t information about the things that would help me go check out that same great spot. I want to know where a trailhead is located and how steep the path is. That’s why I’m starting Adventure Report.

Any little trek we’ve gone on that can be road tripped from the Ottawa area, gets us outside, and challenges us physically (at least a little), will be on this blog. But it’s not a blog about me. My goal is to make sure every post has enough detail so that you can decide for yourself if this is an adventure that you want to do: Trip reports with enough detail to get you there too.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Ottawa Valley Nature Fix in February – The Old K& P Railroad Trail near Renfrew

Ottawa Valley Nature Fix in February - The Old K& P Railroad Trail near Renfrew

(Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Ottawa River Institute

Timeline for Completion: February 23, 2020 starting at 1:00 pm

Objective:

Our outing on the K& P trail will begin at the northern end of the trail near the Town of Renfrew.

On February 23 starting at 1:00 pm, we will walk a small section (approximately 2 km) of the K & P trail near Renfrew and use it as a jumping off point to do some “off-trail” exploring in adjacent Crown Land and along the shoreline of Reid’s Lake. Our guide will be Ottawa River Institute founding board member John Almstedt, an intrepid explorer and landscape painter who Ole says, “never gets lost”!

This may be a strenuous adventure. Snowshoes are required. People who wish a less strenuous adventure could stay on the K and P trail, which is relatively flat. Please be advised that there may be significant snowmobile traffic on the trail.

In the event of inclement weather, please contact us at info@ottawariverinstitute.ca to find out if the walk is still happening or is being re-scheduled.

Directions from Renfrew: From Raglan Street (Highway 60) in Renfrew, turn on Munroe Avenue West and then follow the signs to stay on Highway 132 for 3.8 kilometers. Turn left on Ferguslea Road and proceed 3 kilometers to the junction with McMahon Road. Look for a safe place to park. The starting point for this 1 pm outing is the K&P Trail crossing, 200 meters further along Ferguslea Road.

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2020 Spring Cleaning the Capital – City of Ottawa

2020 Spring Cleaning the Capital - City of Ottawa

(Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: City of Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Annual Event – Spring & Fall

Objective:

The GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is a citywide cleanup that occurs in the spring and fall of every year. Residents come together as a community and combine efforts to make our city clean and green. Litter pickup or graffiti removal projects must be registered, and participating teams, upon request, receive a cleanup starter kit to assist them with their projects. Participants who register their cleanups during the campaign’s early bird registration period and/or submit their on-line cleanup reports after their cleanup are eligible to win prizes donated by the campaign’s generous sponsors.

Register your litter pickup or graffiti removal project by April 14 to be eligible to win an early bird prize donated by our generous sponsors.

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Earth Hour 2020 – Wherever you are, you can make an impact

Earth Hour 2020 - Wherever you are, you can make an impact

(Theme 2 – Energy)

Organization: Worldwide Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Timeline for Completion: Annual Event – March 28, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. local time

Objective:

JOIN US ON SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2020, 8:30 PM YOUR LOCAL TIME!
Help place the spotlight on nature – the world is watching.

Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.

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re-Cycles – A Community Bicycle Shop

re-Cycles - A Community Bicycle Shop

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: re-Cycles

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Re-Cycles was founded on the principle that our limited natural resources should be used wisely. As such, our goals are to:
. Put more bicycles on the road by providing affordable, recycled bikes to the community
. Provide low-cost access to a fully equipped bike repair shop
. Reduce materials going into landfills by recycling bikes and bike parts (See this offsite page about a trip to the metal recyclers)
. Promote a healthier environment and lifestyle

Offer a place for like-minded bike enthusiasts to meet and exchange ideas

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Westport Seedy Saturday – April 4, 2020 9am – 2pm

Westport Seedy Saturday - April 4, 2020  9am - 2pm

(Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Heritage Seed & Produce

Timeline for Completion: April 4, 2020 – 9am to 2pm

Objective:

Westport Seedy Saturday
Come out to Knox Presbyterian Church with the whole family and celebrate local seeds.

Presentations include:
Vermicomposting 10 am
How to save vegetable seed 11 am

Location:
Knox Presbyterian Church
47 Concession Street,
Westport, ON

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