Greetings!

The Couchiching Conservancy's success in protecting significant habitats in the region is not only tied to generous donors, but to the volunteers who then help to monitor and maintain properties, and promote the organization to potential new members. That's how we grow.

Researchers say that people who volunteer will live longer and are more likely to feel satisfied with their life than those who do not.

Staff are working hard to create volunteer opportunities that take you where you want to go: outside protecting the environment, building your skills as a naturalist, and connecting you to a like-minded community of caring people.

Spring may seem like a long way away, but training for these programs is happening this winter, so don't delay, sign up today. May you live long and laugh often.
Thank-you
You monitored properties, searched for and controlled invasive species, led workshops, built & marked trails, provided technical & professional skills, input data, kept the building maintained, did birding marathons, fed the birds, fundraised, monitored water quality, represented us at events, held a seat on the board or on the Past Presidents...together we are accomplishing great things.
We look forward to more adventures in 2018
Winter Lunch & Learn Series
All volunteers are invited to attend the first training event in our winter 2018 "Lunch & Learn" series

Speaker: David J. Hawke on Species-At-Risk
When : Wednesday January 17th from 12 to 2 pm
Where: Orillia Fish & Game Conservation Club, Langman Sanctuary
What does it Cost : The event is free
What's for Lunch: Sandwiches & desserts by Mariposa Market
New Reptile & Amphibian Monitoring Program
We are now recruiting volunteers and have set training dates for the winter and spring of 2018. No previous experience is necessary. There are three programs to choose from (or participate in all three):
  • Frog Call Monitoring
  • Reptile Monitoring
  • Salamander Monitoring
Reptiles and Amphibians are particularly vulnerable to decline in Canada and the world, and are considered indicator species for climate change, pollution, and habitat loss. 

By monitoring Reptiles and Amphibians, you will be helping the Conservancy to steward our properties. More specifically, you will contribute to our understanding of:
  • Changes to the Reptile and Amphibian abundance and species composition in our region
  • The quality and condition of our wetlands
  • The presence or absence of listed Species at Risk

The information you collect will also contribute to the Reptile and Amphibian Atlas of Ontario.
Thanks to the Youssef-Warren Foundation for funding our dream of a Reptile & Amphibian Monitoring Program
Even More Training Programs:
Throughout the winter & spring we are also offering the following courses to enhance your skills in the field:

  • Ambassador Training
  • Avenza Mapping
  • Using a GPS Handheld Device
  • Identifying Invasive Species
  • Water Quality Monitoring

All courses are free for volunteers.

Pictured: Dave Hawke with a "prized pull" of Dog Strangling Vine.
Save The Date!

Annual General Meeting
Saturday March 3, 2018
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

ODAS Park, Orillia

Website: www.couchichingconserv.ca  | Phone: 705-326-1620
Mail: Box 704, Orillia, ON L3V 6K7
Office: 1485 Division Rd W, Orillia, ON L3V 6H2
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