Meet the 2019 Phragbusters!

Georgian Bay Forever has hired 5 phragbusting students in partnership with the Honey Harbour Association, the Cognashene Cottagers’ Association , the Tay Township, with many thanks to GBF donors that we have especially acknowledged below the info on the students. If you would like to donate, please give here.

Their extra help is needed to keep this invasive plant, Phragmites, from taking over Georgian Bay shorelines and developing into large monocultures that threaten the habitat for so many creatures, and can ruin your access to the shoreline. Look and learn a little a bit about these students in these parts of Georgian Bay below:

Are you interested in learning more or joining a community cut? Email Brooke at brooke.harrison@gbf.org.

 

Fighting Phragmites in Georgian Bay

Students main duties will be to:

    • Map Phragmites stands so they can be prioritized for management. You can help to! How to map.
    • Educate and train local community volunteers to manage invasive Phragmites in their community. Increase the Phragbuster movement. Find out how you can hep too! Selective cut method.

Check out these other areas of Georgian Bay where you can help. Georgian Bay Phragbuster Groups

Cognashene

Jack Giroux

Phragbuster- Intro photo 2019

I am a fourth year Environmental Studies undergraduate student studying at Wilfrid Laurier University. I am from Toronto and spent the majority of my summers growing up in Cognashene.

Growing up on the bay has given me a unique perspective and respect for the delicate ecosystems that make this place so special.

The increasing stress of climate change and anthropogenic influence on our ecosystem make community wide cooperation vital for conservation. The success of GBF’s 2018 phragmites program, and the amazing community support/volunteer efforts inspired me to continue the fight to conserve and protect our wetlands for 2019!

Honey Harbour

Brady Blanchard

Intro photo 2019- phragbuster

Hey Everyone! My name is Brady and I’m am one of the representatives for the Honey Harbour Phragbusters. Unlike many of the other members of GBF I am rather new to the Georgian Bay but over the past few years I’ve quickly learned to love and appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of the Bay.

Being my second summer with GBF I hope to continue to spread awareness and educate the public about the threats we face from phrag.

 

 

Patrick Jackson

Intro photo to Pat- phragbuster

I am graduate of Lakehead University, with a BASc in Geography and am working towards my MSc in Environmental Studies. As an avid naturalist and fisherman I have seen the impact that many invasive species such as Phragmites australis subsp. australis, have had on the Georgian Bay area.

Georgian Bay is such an important habitat for many species of plants and animals that are now at risk, threatened or endangered. It is crucial that we try to protect and preserve this unique ecosystem so that we can continue to enjoy it now and enable future generations to do so as well.

Through a concerted effort I hope that we can successfully manage invasive phragmites and eventually eliminate it from the Bay all together!

 

Tay Township

Tanner Freeman

Phragbuster- intro photo I live in Tiny Township, but grew up in Wasaga Beach, and have just completed my first year at Georgian College in the Environmental Technician Program. After I graduate I plan to continue studying in the environmental field at another college or university to add to my environmental knowledge. I plan to pursue a career in conservation, environmental law, or forestry.

I have been a boater on Georgian Bay all my life which is why the bay is a huge part of my life and is why I have such a love for the environment and nature. The need to protect the bays aquatic ecosystem and its beautiful nature is a huge role that we, the community, need to take on. Over the years I’ve grown to love and have a relationship with Georgian Bays natural landscape and appreciate everything the bay provides for us. I now cottage on Georgian Bay, on a little island off of Beausoleil Island which has further brought me closer to nature and has provided me with such great memories. My favourite things to do in and around the bay is hiking, canoeing, kayaking and camping.

I am so fortunate to serve as a community ambassador for Georgian Bay Forever this summer, eradicating invasive Phragmites in Tay Township. I can’t wait to see the work we as a community can accomplish together to preserve and protect Georgian Bay’s unique ecosystem. I am so looking forward to meeting some great community members and volunteers this summer on our Phrag Busting journey!

Rachel Looby

Rachel- phragbuster 2019

 

I’m a previous Trent University and future Lakehead University student studying Environmental Science because I have a passion for plants, animals and the outdoors. This is why I was excited to be apart of Georgian Bay Forever! I enjoy working in the field knowing that I am making a difference by eradicating invasive species that negatively affect an ecosystem’s biodiversity.

 

 

 

Email Brooke today to get involved!

 

Funding and assistance for the 2019 Georgian Bay Forever project, Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands, was provided by the Government of Canada summer jobs program, Township of Georgian Bay, Tay Township, Township of the Archipelago, BinCity.ca, the Honey Harbour Association, the Cognashene Cottagers Association, Wah Wah Taysee Association,  Twelve Mile Bay Members Association, and our many individual donors.

GBF sends our sincerest thanks to all for their investment in this initiative.