Watershed Trust Members and many other concerned citizens have united to fight the Town of Clearview’s proposed expansion of County Road 26/27, a summer-only road that traverses sensitive Escarpment wetlands. 

Our last update was March 29th , so it’s about time to let you know where we stand!

The next event is an Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) hearing taking place from November 8th to December 17th 2021. That’s a very long hearing, but the Watershed Trust is prepared with the environmental and engineering experts, as well as the top-drawer legal team, that we need. We have party at the hearing, which means that our testimony will influence the final decision.

The date of the hearing has not changed, but the nature of the organization overseeing it has. Schedule 6 of the recently passed Ontario Bill 245 Accelerating Access to Justice Act amalgamates a number of Boards and Tribunals under the OLT. 

AWARE Simcoe, the Nature League and Save 91 are all standing in solidarity with the Watershed Trust on this issue. If you have not visited Save91.ca, please do so. There, you can sign a petition, find a list of local political representatives to contact, get a free lawn sign and contact our local news outlets.

For more details, you can see the full article here: https://watershedtrust.ca/26-27-sideroad-update/
Join us tomorrow (Nov 16) for the next film in the Be The Change Film Series, The True Cost. A documentary about the environmental and social impacts of the fast fashion industry. 
More info and tickets available at bethechangefilmseries.com
Be the Change Film Series has a new film, True Cost, premiering November 16th 2021, 7:00 PM, at the Simcoe Street Theatre. 

The True Cost film is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. 

For more information & purchasing tickets, you can visit Be the Change in the link in our bio ⤴
Be The Change Film Series has a new film premiering Tuesday, October 19th at the Simcoe Street Theatre!
Learn more & purchase tickets at bethechangefilmseries.com
The next film in the Be The Change Film Series is tonight at @thecollingwoodbrewery !
For more info and to purchase tickets go to bethechangefilmseries.com
Toxic Beauty will now be our first film at The Simcoe Street Theatre on Oct 12th!
Join us for another Be The Change Film screening this Tuesday, September 21st at 7:30pm. We will be screening the documentary TOXIC BEAUTY, tickets are available at the link in our bio🍿🎥🎞 We hope to see you there!
A Honey Bee At Work
Over the winter the BMWT, Pollinate Collingwood, Enviroment Network, Collingwood BIA and staff from Parks & Recreation for the Town of Collingwood worked together to achieve Bee City designation for Collingwood.  A Bee City is part of a movement to support pollinator protection including protection for our hard working honey bees.

This beautiful photograph of a honey bee on a clover was taken near Collingwood.  It  recognizes the importance of pollinators in supporting healthy enviroments as they pollinate many of the fruits and vegetables that we enjoy everyday.
 Photo Credit:  Katie Lintern

Please send your Nature Photographs to naturephotos@watershedtrust.ca
I can't wait to see your latest pictures! -Morag McKenzie #beecity #pollinators #ontario #naturelovers
#POTW: Hiking Along the Rice Trail
The Peninsula Bruce Trail Club officially opened a new trail at Barrow Bay on Georgian Bay in June 2020.  The trail features cliffs, spectacular lookouts, dense forests and is habitat to a long list of wildlife and rare species of flora and fauna. 

This beautiful photograph was taken in July along the Rice Trail near Barrow Bay.  Photo Credit: Jim Oliver  #georgianbay #brucetrail #ontariotravel #lakehuron #naturelovers
We’re back with another movie next week! Get your tickets now through the link in our bio🎞🎥🍿 Can’t wait to see you there☺️ *note the change in time
#POTW: The Beautiful Pretty River

The Pretty River's headwaters are located on the Niagara Escarpment. It flows down the beautiful Pretty River Valley and drains into Nottawasaga Bay to the east of Collingwood Harbour.

This lovely photograph of the Pretty River captures its' many unique sections near Collingwood.
 Photo Credit:  Jeffrey Brydges
Only 2 more days! Have you got your tickets yet? Details and tickets available at bethechangefilmseries.com !🍿🎥🎞
#POTW: Collingwood Terminals Under A Rainbow  For more than six decades, the historic Collingwood Terminals helped to transfer prairie wheat from ships to trains and later trucks. Construction of the Collingwood Grain Terminals started in December 1928 when 4,078 wooden piles were driven into the lake bed to create a foundation for this landmark structure.

Whether you believe they are a gateway to the past or a white elephant, they are arguably the region's most recognized, photographed and beloved landmarks and an important reminder of Collingwood's 100-year shipbuilding past. 
Photo Credit:  Duncan Bristow  #nature #georgianbay #collingwoodontario #bluemountains #ontariotravel
Save the date! Be the Change Film Series is back for its 13th season. Details to come soon, keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for more info🎬
#POTW: Known for its beautiful and clean turquoise blue waters, Georgian Bay is part of one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world.  It is also a favourite place for all of us swim, boat and enjoy. 🌊⛵️☀️

This beautiful photograph was taken just off the Bruce Trail at Halfway Log Beach on the Bruce Pennisula.
Photo Credit:  Diane Hanson

Please send your Nature Photographs to photos@watershedtrust.ca. We can't wait to see your latest pictures!  #georgianbay #ontario #greatlakes
#POTW: American Goldfinc
The beautiful American Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa and Washington.  It is a welcome site at feeders and amongst our flowers in Collingwood and throughtout the Georgian Bay area.

This lovely finch was found in Duncan's backyard perched on a coneflower.

Photo Credit:  Duncan Bristow
#POTW: 🕊 White Egret Enjoying Dinner

White egrets are herons that have white or buff plumage. They are found all over the world and can live and hunt in both saltwater and freshwater wetlands.

This beautiful egret was found enjoying his dinner in the wetlands near Collingwood in May this year. #savethewetland 🌊

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Brydges

Don't forget to check out our website to learn more on how you can help support the wetlands! 

#naturephoto #photographynature #photographienature #naturezainphoto #photoofnature #naturelphoto #naturephotography📷 #naturephotograph #naturephotoportal #photosofnature #photosnature #photographiesdenature #naturephotography📷🍃 #naturephotographers #photographernature #photographingnature #naturephotograpy #photonaturemacro #photografynature #naturephotoshoot #naturephotographie
#POTW: BMWT President Recognized by Bruce Trail 🌲
Photo Credit: Duncan Bristow

Norm Wingrove, long-time member and Acting President of the BMWT, Environmental & Nature Activist and former Director of Finance for the NVCA was recently recognized for his life-long support of the Bruce Trail Conservancy with a plaque named in his honour.  Located just south of the Dufferin Hi-Lands section of the Bruce Trail in Mulmur Township, Dufferin County, the plaque is located on a beautiful bridge crossing the Black Bank Creek, a tributary of the Pine River.  The Pine joins into the Nottawasaga at Angus.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy has worked tirelessly to preserve much of the natural beauty of the Escarpment and surrounding lands.  This picture of Norm's plaque is taken against one of the many beautiful waterfalls found on the trail

Our thanks for your incredible work on behalf of all of us and congratulations Norm!
#POTW: Red-winged Blackbird In Flight

The stunning male Red-winged Blackbird is hard to mistake with their even glossy black with scarlet-and-yellow shoulder badges.  One of the most abundant birds across North America, they are a familiar and beautiful sight atop cattails in our wetlands or branches in our forests. 

This spectacular photograph of a Red-wing Blackbird in full flight was taken in April in the wetlands of the Collingwood harbour. 

Photo Credit:  Duncan Bristow
Mayflowers-A Sign of Spring!
The beautiful Mayflower is a sure sign that Spring is here!  They are most commonly found in rocky pastures, barren lands and grassy areas where the soil is acidic and well-drained.

This beautiful photo was taken on the popular Kolopore Uplands hiking trail near Collingwood.

Photo Credit and Commentary:  Duncan Bristow
#POTW: Mother's Day is Every Day!
PC: Morag McKenzie

Even while warming her eggs, this Mother Swan is working tirelessly to build her nest and new home for her coming cygnets.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in the beautiful Georgian Bay area and around the world as together we celebrate the endless love and care that mothers give to their children and families.
#POTW: Muskrat in Collingwood Harbour ☀️
Photo Credit:  Jeffrey Brydges

Collingwood and the Blue Mountains wetlands are teaming with plant and wildlife activity.  This muskrat was found meandering through the wetlands in Collingwood's harbour in the Spring 2021. Muskrats make a valuable contribution to wetlands and aquatic communities. By harvesting plants for food and den sites, they create open water for ducks, geese, shorebirds and other wildlife.  In addition, a variety of animals and birds use muskrat lodges and platforms to rest and nest. #savethewetlands
#POTW: The Silver Creek Wetlands 🌊

In partnership with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, The Towns of Collingwood and The Blue Mountains, the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust erected new signs on Highway 26 at both the East and West ends of the Silver Creek Wetlands. 

These signs ensure residents and visitors alike are aware of the provincial significance of the vast Silver Creek Wetlands. 

Covering over 450 acres, the Silver Creek Wetlands are fed by two streams and provide invaluable ecological services including improved water quality, reducing flood damage and erosion and providing a home for the Wetlands' unique flora, innumerable birds and wildlife. 

Photo Credit and BMWT Signage Program Lead: Chris Mifflin
Today we celebrated the Earth! How did you spend #earthday2021 ?
Carl, Willow and Jean-Jacques Michener collect all the trash - mostly construction waste from a nearby DUNNCAP development- along a short stretch of Collingwood’s Pretty River.
#POTW: Common Goldeneye Duck 🦆
Photo Credit and Commentary: Pauleen Home

The male Common Goldeneye adds a bright note to winter days with its radiant amber eye, glistening green-black head, and crisp black-and-white body and wings. The female has a chocolate brown head with the same bright eye that gives this species its name. These distinctively shaped, large-headed ducks dive for their food, eating mostly aquatic invertebrates and fish. This male Goldeneye Duck was seen swimming with his mate on a pond near Thornbury.

#nature #naturephotography #natureisbeautiful #duckphotography #donate #watershed
#POTW: Little River Beach, Thornbury
Photo Credit: Diane Hansons

The Little River Beach Park is easily one of the prettiest Harbours on Georgian Bay. The beach itself is a mix of both soft sand and rocky pebbles, with a few treed areas for those in need of shade. The nearby Thornbury pier is a popular diving spot for the daring. This beautiful photo of the beach was taken just as the waves were rolling in and clouds beginning to gather.

#naturephotography #nature #collingwood #water #beautifulnaturephotography
Turquoise Blue and Winter White ❄️

Georgian Bay's turquoise blue colour is a magnificent contrast to winter's snowy and icy whites and forest greens.  This beautiful photograph was taken in February in Bruce Peninsula National Park at the High Dump campground.

Photo Credit: Carl Michener

Comment below your favourite place to hike in Collingwood 👇🏽
The 890 km Bruce Trail is one of Ontario's true treasures.  This beautiful photograph was taken near the Bruce Trail off Country Road 10 north of Country Road 124 in the Collingwood area this February.  The trail's unique culverts and caves are just a few of the Bruce Trail's exciting features which snowshoers and hikers are able to enjoy each winter.