Students Help Communities Restore Coastal Wetlands and Shorelines By Removing Invasive Phragmites

Phragbuster students

Read on to meet 4 students and the new Phragmites Coordinator who are helping to protect shorelines and coastal wetlands from the invasive plant Phragmites. If Phragmites are left to grow with no management action, small stands quickly grow into 'walls' up to 15 ft high and up to densities of 200 stems per metre, threatening plant diversity and habitat for many species including those at risk. And, it can quickly impede your enjoyment of the shoreline by making it difficult to access the water or enjoy the biodiversity of a natural wetland.

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Dawn’s book pick about what is climate change for young readers

Title: What is Climate Change?, by Gail Herman

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: Penguin Workshop Age level 8-12 years, Grades 3-7 Although this is a US publication and focuses on developments and politics in the US, it is extremely relevant to the world who need positive action from the US on climate change decisions. The book begins by demonstrating the impact of climate change on polar bears. With simple black and white drawings Herman clearly shows how the habitat of the polar bear has been affected by the melting of polar ice. The weather, she points out, is softening permafrost, melting polar ice and threatening coastal homes.

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Dawn’s book pick about Water for young readers

Title: Water, by Melissa Stewart

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: National Geographic Kids Level Three Fluent Reader Age range 6-9 Finally a book for children that introduces them to what Georgian Bay is all about - water! In this book they learn about the concept of the 'blue planet' and that “Water covers almost three quarters of Earths surface.” Stewart takes the young fluent reader through the development of life forms from their start in the ocean through their evolution to the land. Beginning with the four oceans, the author then shifts to fresh water lakes, describing the food chain. She explains the role rivers play as they flow into the ocean picking up silt and some salt from the land.

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Dawn’s book pick about the Night Sky for young readers

Title: Night Sky, by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: National Geographic Kids Level Two Reading Independently Grades 1-3 If your family is like mine, we love to lie on our deck in the dark and watch the stars in the night sky. If you are like me, you’d probably like to know more about the constellations but are overwhelmed with technical jargon. With the help of this easy-to-read children’s book, your children and grandchildren can guide you through the night sky.

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Dawn’s book pick introducing Weather to young readers

Weather, by Kristin Baird Rattini

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: National Geographic Level One, starting to read 4-6 years
Before a small children can begin to understand how our climate is changing, they must gradually learn the concepts that interact to influence our earth’s environment. What better way than with an introductory book written for four to six-year-olds. Weather by Kristin Baird Rattini, published by National Geographic is just the right beginning reading book to stimulate and interest young scientists.

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Dawn’s book pick about how to avoid a climate disaster

Title: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, by Bill Gates

A recommendation by Dawn Drayton

Published by: Alfred A Knopf New York Toronto 2021 If you are at all like me, the thought of megawatts and gigahertzes makes my eyes glaze over. Bill Gates, technology genius and selfless philanthropist, has written a book just for us in this critical era of climate crisis.

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Bill 279: Environmental Protection Amendment Act (Microplastics Filters for Washing Machines), 2021

Ontario Members of Parliament Ian Arthur and Jessica Bell have tabled Private Member's Bill 279: Environmental Protection Amendment Act (Microplastics Filters for Washing Machines), 2021. "The Bill amends the Environmental Protection Act to prohibit the sale or offering for sale of washing machines that are not equipped with a specified microplastics filter and to provide for corresponding penalties in case of non-compliance with the requirement."1.(Status: First reading has carried, the bill must pass thru 2nd and 3rd readings.)

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