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 Volume 13 No. 7a

Can you believe it is almost May? The water levels are down about a foot from the high of last year based on this past weekend's explorations of those able to get up to their cottages.

If you plan to go up to your island before the May long weekend, please be aware that the PaBIA markers are NOT in and won't be until at least the May long weekend because the difficult job of installing them is completely dependent on the weather. Desmasdon's needs sunny days and calm waters to place all of our markers.

And my sincere apologies to the Weston family for mislinking Galen Weston's obituary! The correct link is now in place.
In this eBlast:

  • Marinas ARE Open - COVID Restrictions Apply
  • Most Yearbooks Have Been Mailed
  • Gypsy Moth Infestation 2020
  • FOUND: Aluminum Dock Ramps
  • ToA Large Item Disposal Dates 2021
  • GBB Earth Week Fundraiser
  • GBB Native Plant Sale
  • Georgian Bay Biosphere Webinar Series May 6th
  • GBLT - Landmark Speaker Series May 8th
  • WPSHC Walk, Run, Pole Fundraiser May 14th
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Water Levels - April 27, 2021
  • Corrected In Memoriam - Galen Weston
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Most Yearbooks Have Been Mailed!

Nancy Rogers wants everyone to know that the Yearbooks to US residents were sent out 9-10 days ago...and all but 50 books were sent to the Canadian members by yesterday!

The remaining ones are being held back because Nancy ran out of some of the materials! Once she receives these, in about 2 weeks, she will send those as well. Nancy will be mailing everyone affected by the delay.

So based on the mail service, almost everyone will be getting their books soon! She will also be contacting the International members directly regarding their books.
Marinas Are Open for Business!!!

In case you were wondering, all Marinas are open for business, with the COVID restrictions similar to what was managed in May 2020 and are in place (currently) until May 20, 2021. If you have questions, please contact your marinas directly.
Gypsy Moth Infestation 2020
Gypsy Moths
We had quite an infestation of Gypsy Moth in Pointe au Baril in 2020. Luckily, most healthy trees that experience defoliation (even for 1-2 years) will withstand and survive as long as other stressors (pests, lack of rain) are not present.

The attached Information Sheet on Gypsy Moth (courtesy of the Georgian Bay Biosphere) covers history, life stages/life cycles, and management & control options. Stay tuned to subsequent e-blasts for detailed information on control methods such as burlap banding, egg mass scraping, pheromone traps, and cocoon destruction.

(There is the option of applying Btk, a biological pesticide, however, this is not necessary given similar outcomes from the DIY options, relative expense, possible side effects on other butterflies and moths, and the fact that Btk will not eradicate the problem.

Thanks, Sandy Boeckh, for this information!
Are You Missing Your Aluminum Dock Ramp?
alum ramp at schatz
This Aluminum dock ramp frame to the left, which Bruce Tiffin reported back in November, has not been claimed; and it's still stuck at A145.!

Below is a second pic The wooden ramp pieces obviously floated away and would have washed up somewhere else.  
Perhaps now, as many are opening up their cottages or having their caretakers onsite, someone will realize this expensive part of their dock system is gone! Should you recognize this, please contact Nancy Rogers!
Alum Dock Ramp
April 2021
GBB Earth WEek
May 2021
Life in the Biosphere Webinar Series

The Georgian Bay Biosphere is pleased to launch the Life in the Biosphere Webinar Series! Along with our partners, we'll explore many different aspects of living in a UNESCO biosphere, from cultural teachings to gardening to invasive species and more!

Take part in the annual Native Plant Sale...: Native Plant FundRaiser

Webinars will continue to be scheduled throughout the year. Mark your calendars and bookmark these events here for the following event.

  • Best for the Biosphere: Gardening with Native Plants
Thursday May 6th, 2021 10:00 AM EST    (Webinar)
LANDMARK Speaker Series
Our virtual LANDMARK Speaker Series returns for 2021 with monthly presentations from 10:00 - 11:00 AM on conservation and Georgian Bay topics. Mark your calendars with the dates below, and register to attend each session here
  • May 8th: Shipwreck Tales of Georgian Bay with Cris Kohl & Joan Forsberg

Register here to attend any of these programs. All ages are welcome!
P.S. Did you miss any of last year's LANDMARK talks, or would you like to share them with others? Recordings of all past presentations are available to watch anytime on our website or YouTube channel
Walk Run Pole
$1,011,402 Raised in Support of
Local Cardiac Care Since 2008!!
WPSHC Fundraiser logo 2021
As we honour the new provincial 'stay home orders', it's important to continue exercising to keep body, mind and soul together.

Please join us in keeping fit together, but apart. Our 14th annual Georgian Bay Walk, Run, Pole is posed to connect us all. We have created an easy to navigate website. We encourage you to sign up then track your kilometres daily through May. We want you moving for a healthier you! You can be part of something bigger than yourself when you join our fitbit community at PSWalk! Or track with Strava. Or simply manually log your daily activity. Our site combines everyone's steps to make one grand journey! If Public Health guidelines allow, we will end the month of May in style! Join us on our traditional 5K route along the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay on Sunday, May 30th. Gather pledges for local cardiac care for West Parry Sound Health Centre!
GBB Native Plant  Fundraiser
June 2021
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ToA Large Item Pick Up Days 2021

Saturdays, June 26th and August 7th

Due to Covid-19, social distancing needs to be respected and no assistance can be provided. Please make sure you bring helpers with you if you have exceptionally heavy or large items to drop off. Further information such as what can/cannot be dropped off is posted on the Township website.
Lakes Michigan/Huron Water Levels April 27, 2021 To better read the charts, please click on the chart for the Daily or Six Month Forecast Water level chart and the corresponding websites
Water Level Legend 2021
Yearbook Update
With each eBlast, we will provide you a list of names for those who provided updated information. The details of all the changes since the Yearbook's came out in April is provided in a printable format for you to print out and insert into your own Yearbook copy!
The next Update will be compiled once the new Yearbook is out in May!
Corrected In Memoriam

W. G. Galen Weston, A468 ‘Carolyn Is.’, husband of Hilary Weston, father of Galen G. Weston and Alannah (Alex) Cochrane, uncle of Geordie (Swith Bell) Dalglish, April 2021. 
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