GBF 2019 Phrag Report

24 Bayf ie ld Nares There have been many dedicated phragbusters in the Bayfield Nares community over the years, and Anne Stewart has been a passionate advocate for many of those years. Many community members in the area are knowledgeable on invasive Phragmites and have been vigilant in managing them for a very long time. It is their care that helped GBF explore the possibility of hybridization. See page 27. And, also turned into an opportunity to participate in a shoreline cleanup. On July 19 th , 2019, four GBF staff joined volunteers Andrew Kolody, Anne Stewart, Molly Mulloy, Frank Pointer, Douglas Lash, and Paul Sine to tackle a big patch of phrag. When we got there, bug hats on, the stand although very dense, appeared to be native in key characteristics; contributing to our efforts to explore more around potential hybridization. Additionally and importantly, a small patch of the invasive was found along the shoreline, and was dispatched immediately . GREAT! IT IS CRITICAL, that small sites get identified and treated as fast as possible to avoid huge efforts and costs to manage them later when they become established and mature sites. The day saw even more conservation efforts! This group collected litter on the shorelines in a bay in Nares. Collectively, they found about 35 pounds of litter, including 12 big pieces of foam, and about 165 pieces of small foam (in reality there were too many to pick up). They also found 3 bumpers, a foam seat, jugs and pails, a shower curtain and so much more. Thank you to these volunteers for their amazing efforts, both in mitigating shoreline pollution and being diligent on getting invasive Phragmites , and to the many other Bayfield Nares volunteers who help the Bay. Very dense native phrag in Nares. Tricky to identify for sure, but should be left. Key things to look for – if it flowers in July and if the bottom of the stalks appear red, it is native. GBF continues to investigate if there is hybrization occurring in Georgian Bay. So far, no evidence that there is. See page 27. The Archipelago (cont.)