Research & Conservation Conference

5th Research & Conservation Conference

Saturday April 22nd, 2017
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Simcoe Recreation Centre
(Norfolk/Dogwood Hall)

As one of Canada’s 18 Biosphere Reserves designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Long Point World Biosphere provides support for research, monitoring, education and information exchange related to local, national and global issues of conservation and development.

Our 5th Research & Conservation Conference is an excellent opportunity for researchers, agencies, and members of the public to take part in a lively exchange of ideas related to local environmental sustainability and conservation. We look forward to showcasing a broad range of topics and themes within the Long Point Region Watershed, including:

  • Researching the problems caused by Phragmites australis on carbon cycling, bird communities and Blanding’s turtles in our wetlands.
  • Working towards, and demonstrating effective solutions to controlling the aggressive Phragmites australis invasion, starting with Long Point.
  • Investigating conditions and interactions that impact our forests, and what this can tell us about our climate and change.
  • Learning from restored ecosystems including how to measure restoration success, how does the diversity and composition of restored native grasslands respond to edge effects, and how Ontario’s Biodiversity Atlas can help us protect, restore and steward places of biodiversity value.
  • Looking to the past in order to assess the future – what stream flow in the Big Creek Watershed can tell us about flood potential.

Come celebrate Earth Day with us, and learn more about the research and conservation projects taking place in and around your Long Point World Biosphere Reserve.

Admission is FREE and open to the public!

Planning to participate in our locally catered lunch? Please pre-register for $15.00 by April 17th on the Eventbrite webpage:

If you do not plan to take part in our lunch event, admission is free.

For more event details, please visit our Events Page (click here).

4th Research & Conservation Conference

Saturday April 9th, 2016

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation would like to thank all of those who presented at, and attended our 4th Conference hosted at Backus Heritage Conservation Area on Saturday April 9th, 2016.  Over sixty people attended the event that showcased local research and conservation efforts with representatives from fourteen organizations.

4th Research & Conservation Conference presentations in order of appearance:
*Note: not all presentations will be available online, where available research abstracts have been included.

  1. Delta Waterfowl – Great Lakes Initiative
    by Dr. Scott Petrie (Executive Scientist, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Waterfowl)
  2. ALUS Norfolk
    by Casey Whitelock (ALUS Coordinator, ALUS Norfolk)
  3. Nature Conservancy of Canada
    by Wendy Cridland (Director of Conservation, Ontario Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada)
  4. Changes in Ecosystem Stresses of the Long Point Area: 1980-present
    by Kathryn Russell (Undergraduate Thesis, University of Waterloo)
  5. Crown Marsh Wetland Restoration Project: Past, Present, and Future
    by Claire Paller (Partnership Specialist, MNRF Aylmer District)
  6. Assessing the Impacts of Phragmites Control Efforts in Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands
    by Dr. Janice Gilbert (Wetland Ecologist)
  7. Mitigating Road Mortality and Assessing Use of Culverts by Species at Risk Along the Long Point Causeway
    by Chantel Markle (PhD Candidate, McMaster University)
  8. Climate Impacts on Managed Forest Ecosystems in Southern Ontario
    by Dr. Altaf Arain (Director at McMaster Centre for Climate Change, McMaster University)
  9. Effects of Landscape Fragmentation on Swallowtail Butterflies
    by Jenna Siu (Masters Candidate, University of Western Ontario)
  10. Re-colonization Trends of Fish Communities Following the Restoration of the Long Point Crown Marsh
    by Natalie Rook (Masters Candidate, University of Toronto)
  11. Diurnal Concentration of Dissolved Oxygen in the Lynn River
    by Dennis Wright (Member, Simcoe and District Fish and Game Club)
  12. Monitoring Vegetation After a Reduction in Deer Browsing at Long Point, Lake Erie
    by Michael Bradstreet (Vice President Conservation, Nature Conservancy of Canada)
  13. Remote Sensing of Phragmites and Wetland Vegetation in the Long Point Basin
    by James Marcaccio (PhD Candidate, McMaster University)
  14. Does the Application of Glyphosate and the Stem Density of Invasive Phragmites Affect the Seedbank Response Post-Treatment?
    by Graham Howell (Masters Candidate, University of Waterloo)