We can ALL have a hand in planning our communities. 

Join us in a discussion around what development in Collingwood/Blue Mountains means to you! 

We are hosting a free online webinar on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. 

Working during the day and can’t make it? That’s OK! We have two time slots available for you to join us on December 1st: 1:30 pm EST & another at 7:30 pm EST. 

Click the link in our bio for more information & to register! 

Questions? DM us 📩
@gbayforever is looking for Collingwood volunteers to install filters on their washing machines and report on what they collect. Go to georgianbayforever.org to learn more about this microplastics study 🌊
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF MEMBERS 
Thursday, November 26, 2020
7:00 pm Zoom meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81851967657 
Meeting ID: 818 5196 7657
Call instead: +1 647 374 4685
Catch up on all that we have done in the past year to preserve & protect our natural surroundings.
We are excited to announce a free webinar on December 1st, 2020 regarding development in the Collingwood/Blue Mountains area. 
 
-Discover how planning works: from provincial to municipal
-Find out what’s in store for the next 20 years
-Take part in a live Q&A with our speakers
-Understand what constitutes ecologically acceptable local development
-Find out what you can do!
 
We can all have a hand in planning our communities. Find out how it works, ask burning questions and join the process.
 
Visit the link in our bio to register ⬆️ 
 
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions 📩
#photooftheweek: Salmon Run at Silver Creek

The Silver Creek Wetlands are one of the largest and most important wetlands in Ontario. One of the most exciting sites in the Fall is the thrashing of the Chinook Salmon in the Creek which can can be seen from the pedestrian bridge on the Georgian Trail. 

However, Silver Creek Wetlands are now under a very significant threat from Huntingwood Trails, a large subdivision development proposed for this area.   

Please join BMWT, The Town of Collingwood, NVCA and adjoining neighbourhoods as together we fight to protect and preserve this beautiful natural area.

To learn more, please join https://watershedtrust.ca/ or make a contribution to the fight through GoFundMe:  https://gf.me/u/ywcav3
 
Photo Credit: Luba Mifflin
We need your help. Help us protect and preserve our wild natural places. Collingwood and Blue Mountains is under increasing environmental pressure and YOU can make the difference.

Renew your $30 member or become a member today and make the difference. 🤝🌍

Visit the link in our bio for more information ⤴️
#photooftheweek - Fall Oak Leaves

Is Fall your favourite season in Collingwood and the Blue Mountains areas?  It certainly is mine!  The changing colour of Oak leaves in Collingwood is one of the first signs of Fall. Were you out this week enjoying Fall's beautiful and changing colours?  Please send us pictures of your favourite hikes and views!                                                                           
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Brydges
Remembering Don Kerr ❤️

Don was a real gentleman. He was an active person and active member of the foundation. He was dedicated to our community and really concerned about the effect of climate change on our environment and biodiversity. 

He will be greatly missed by his community and fellow members of the Watershed Trust.
#Photooftheweek 

One of my favorite sights and sounds in the Collingwood/Blue Mountains area is the distinctive 'quack quack' of Mallard Ducks. With their beautiful and distinctive markings, Mallards are a welcome sight on the shores of Georgian Bay and its surrounding wetlands.                                          

Photo Credit: Katie Lintern
What have you done for us lately? 

You can help us protect and preserve our incredible natural heritage. You can make a difference just by becoming a member. 

Renewing your $30 membership can help make a difference in our work to protect wildlife, habitats, and give back to nature. 🐢🌎

Click the link in our bio to make a difference today! ⤴️
#photooftheweek

Georgian Bay Waves Crashing 

With Georgian Bay at record high water levels, waves crashing on our shorelines have become a common and very powerful sight. This beautiful photo was taken in Sunset Park earlier in September.  

PC: Jeffrey Brydges
You might have noticed a bit of a building boom in our area. We are chipping away at a list as long as your arm…and the list is getting longer. 

We need your contribution, we need to add you to our numbers, and we could use your help in running our programs.

Visit the link in our bio and make a difference by becoming a member today. 🤝 🌍
#photooftheweek

The red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey that breeds throughout most of North America including Ontario, Quebec and Western Canada.  It is one of the largest members of the hawk family, typically weighing 1.5-3.5 lbs and measuring 18-26 inches. This beautiful and graceful bird was found sitting in a tree in Jeffrey's backyard in Collingwood at dusk.

PC: Jeffrey Brydes
Blue Mountain Watershed Trust is passionate about making a difference in the place you call home. 

Please help us – let’s not love Collingwood to death.

Visit the link in our bio and make a difference by becoming a member today. 🤝 🌍
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 🚶🏼‍♂️

We require volunteers on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 to distribute informative postcards as apart of an effort to get more members to join Blue Mountain Watershed Trust. 

Our goal with this mini-campaign is to increase our membership drive to raise funds for us to accomplish the many environmental initiatives we are taking on. 

We will be walking, as a trust, and placing postcards in local neighbourhoods in Collingwood. 

-Princeton Shores
-Forest Drive
-Silver Glen
-Ruperts Landing
-Wildwood Cove
-Georgian Manor 

The postal walk is Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 p.m. 

We will be meeting at Squire Jones and from there, venture on to place some postcards. Following the postal walk, we invite you to join us for a beverage on the patio at the Beaver & Bulldog Sports Pub on 195 First Street, Collingwood. 

Please email salynnwatershed@gmail.com if you're able to attend or with any questions you may have! 📩
What a beautiful summer it has been in the Collingwood area!  

This gorgeous picture taken from the top of Blue Mountain shows the sun rising over the Georgian Bay harbour and the Terminal Building. ☀️

PC: Shirra Benson

#Photooftheweek
We need the natural world: help us protect it. 

Renewing your membership for just $30 can help make a difference in our work to protect wildlife, habitats, and give back to nature. 🌎 #natureisagift

Visit the link in our bio to join today ⤴️
Is Georgian Bay the most beautiful place on earth? 

Many Thornbury, Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay residents would say it is!  This stunning photo was taken by Catherine Smart at Thornbury Harbour.  Let's let you be the judge!

Photo Credit: Catherine Smart

#photooftheweek
Blue Mountain Watershed Trust is passionate about making a difference in the place you call home. Please help us – let’s not love Collingwood to death.

The Collingwood and Blue Mountains area is under increasing environmental pressure. YOU can help us protect and preserve our incredible natural heritage.

Visit the link in our bio and make a difference by becoming a member today. 👆🏼🌎

PC: Brian Lucas
Blue Mountain Watershed is working hard to preserve this very important coastal wetland as in our opinion-nature and climate does not support development in this area.  

Visit the link in our bio for more information and join the all-volunteer BMWT team! 🤝

Photo Credit: Chris Mifflin
What have you done for me lately?
Renewing your $30 membership can help make a difference in our work to protect wildlife, habitats, and give back to nature. 🌎🌿🐢

DM us or visit the link in our bio for more information ⤴️
#Naturephotooftheweek:

Muskrat at Silver Creek Wetlands

This muskrat was found cleaning its meal at the edge of the Silver Creek Wetlands. The Silver Creek Wetland is the most important remaining coastal wetland on Southern Georgian Bay. Covering approximately 450 acres, it is home to a wealth of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  It also provides other invaluable ecological services including improving water quality and reducing flood damage and erosion.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Brydges

We love to see your nature photos! Please keep sending them our way to photos@watershedtrust.ca or DM us for them to be featured. 📩

#photooftheweek
If you live in Collingwood/Blue Mountains, we've done a whole lot for you. And we still need your help. 
We need your help to continue our good work! Please visit our website to learn more about memberships, donating, and volunteering. www.watershedtrust.ca
A true White Beauty
The Collingwood area is so fortunate to be home to many beautiful White Swans and their cygnets.  Amongst the largest flying birds, swans gracefully glide over our Georgian Bay waters with their cygnets always close behind. 
Photo Credit:  Jeff Young

Please keep sending your pictures including the location, your thoughts and your website or Instagram to photos@watershedtrust.ca. #photooftheweek
A Pileated Woodpecker Calls Collingwood Home
A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers require a home territory of more than 40 ha of mature forest to settle so they are not encountered with much frequency.  The largest woodpecker in North America, this big dashing bird with a red crest seemed to be  quite at home in the wooded area of the Habourview Park trail. 
Photo Credit and Commentary:  Marlene Esson
#photooftheweek 
Please keep sending your pictures including the location, your thoughts and your website or Instagram to photos@watershedtrust.ca to be featured.
May 1st brings Mayflowers! #photooftheweek
One of the most beautiful signs of spring is the Mayflower. It is most commonly found in rocky pastures, barren lands and grassy areas where the soil is acidic and well drained. These ones were found on the Kolopore Uplands Trails in The Blue Mountains.  Photo Credit and Commentary:  Duncan Bristow

Please keep sending your pictures including the location, your thoughts and your website or Instagram to photos@watershedtrust.ca
Welcome Spring Creatures #photooftheweek 
It might not feel like Spring outside yet but April still means the arrival of many woodland creatures including Collingwood's many Spring bunnies. These happy creatures visit our many Blue Mountain-area gardens and open meadows.  Photo Credit:  Jeffrey Brydges

Have you been out with your cameras capturing our gorgeous surroundings here in the Land of the Escarpment? Captured pictures of our many beautiful creatures, flowers, birds or waterways? The Bay in her many moods? Please share your camera's eye view and send your photo, the location and your website or Instagram if you have one to photos@watershedtrust.ca.
The return of birds to Ontario after a long Winter signals warmer weather & better days ahead.  One of the more interesting are Turkey Vultures which return each Spring from their winter homes in the Southern U.S. and Central America. Turkey Vultures are large, dark birds with sharply hooked beaks and a wingspan of up to 6 feet. They roost in trees at night coming in for a landing in the late afternoon after a day of soaring in the thermal updrafts of the Niagara Escarpment. 
Photo Credit and Commentary:  Gary Cauthers, Glen Huron #photooftheweek 
Have you been out with your cameras capturing our gorgeous surroundings here in the Land of the Escarpment? Captured pictures of our many beautiful creatures, flowers, birds or waterways? The Bay in her many moods? Please share your camera's eye view and send your photo, the location and your website or Instagram if you have one to photos@watershedtrust.ca.