2016 Biodiversity Monitoring
 
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation is excited to announce the continuation of its Biodiversity Monitoring Initiative. The LPWBRF would like to thank the Colleges and Institutes Canada Clean Tech Internship Program for providing funding for our 2016 Biodiversity Monitoring Intern.
 
Project Background
In 1995, with the assistance of Environment Canada’s Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation initiated a Forest Biodiversity Monitoring Program within the Biosphere area. 
Permanent forest biodiversity monitoring plots were established in Backus Woods (Nature Conservancy of Canada, 1995), Wilson Tract (Long Point Region Conservation Authority, 1996), and Turkey Point Provincial Park (Ontario Parks, 1997). Inventory surveys within these monitoring plots have focused mainly on the growth and health of trees and shrubs. Monitoring surveys are repeated every 5 years, providing data sets for statistic analysis and research opportunities including the evaluation of tree growth and health within the Carolinian forests of southern Norfolk County.
In 2000, salamander monitoring was added at the Backus Woods and Wilson Tract plots. Because of their extreme sensitivity to environmental factors, salamanders are referred to as the “canary in the coal mine” of the forests; an early-warning system for ecological decline which will also impact other species, including humans.

Monitoring Intern
Ariana Burgener was recently hired and is thrilled to be working with the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation as the Ecosystem Monitoring Intern for the next six months. Ariana will be continuing the inventorying of forest plots, which has taken place roughly every five years since 1995. With newly acquired information on the status of these plots, and previous data dating back 20 years, she will be looking for trends and changes within the forest plots and will be sharing the results with the community. Ariana will also be analyzing the salamander monitoring data to see how local salamander populations are changing over time.
Ariana is a recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh’s Master of Environmental Sustainability program, and holds a B.Sc. of Forestry from the University of Toronto. She has worked on forestry studies in Northern Ontario’s Boreal forest as well as South America’s rainforest and is thoroughly enjoying working within Long Point Biosphere’s beautiful Carolinian Zone.

Photo: Ariana measuring tree DBH at Wilson Tract collecting forest
monitoring data.
Special Thanks
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation would like to thank Jim Wilson for his incredible volunteer commitment to the monitoring initiative. Jim has been the lead on the salamander monitoring project for over 16 years. Jim is responsible for the maintenance and continued contributions to one of the longest standing data sets for salamanders in Canada. The LPWBRF looks forward to continuing the progress on this initiative and maintaining this data set in the decades to come. 
Project Partners
Thank you to our partners, especially the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Long Point Region Conservation Authority, and Turkey Point Provincial Park (Ontario Parks), for continuing to support the Biosphere’s Biodiversity Monitoring initiative.
Happy Anniversary for the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve!
 

On May 28th, the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve (LPWBR) celebrated its 30 Year Anniversary with a ‘sold-out’ Gala at the Backstage Capitol in Delhi.

Brian Craig, President of Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation, welcomed 130 guests of like mind and spirit to recognize the people and the place, the achievements, and the future of this UNESCO designated organization.

The evening included a delicious catered dinner by Chrissy’s Catering of Tillsonburg; a very successful silent auction made possible by generous donations from our community and beyond; and a live auction resulting in 4 local people looking ahead to an African Safari Vacation!

The highlight of the evening was the premiere release of ‘Striking Balance Documentary Series – the Long Point Episode’.  Lock3Media of Brantford - Zach Melnyk, cinematographer and Yvonne Drebert producer, created the complete series about Biosphere Reserves in Canada, which will air on TVO in the fall of this year.

The current Board of Directors of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation values the support and participation of so many in our community - in the past, the present and into the future. Indeed this is the reason we are able to celebrate 30 years!

Things that last – last for a reason.
 
Click below for a preview of this incredible Striking Balance Documentary Series!

Reaching forty kilometres into Lake Erie, Long Point in Ontario Canada is the world’s longest freshwater sand spit.  How the Point’s endless beaches endure as a natural oasis, here in Canada’s most densely populated region, is a feat that involves more than just your typical environmentalists. This is a story of hunters, farmers, foresters, birders, biologists, and just about everyone else in the Long Point Biosphere Reserve – who have learned from conservation pioneers how to cultivate biodiversity, culture, and an economy, on a foundation of sand. 
The Long Point Biosphere's Digital Library

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation received funding in 2015 for the development of a Digital Library as part of our Community Conservation Initiative. The purpose of this library is to enable researchers, conservation practitioners, and the general public to access historic and current information on environmental management, research, and monitoring projects pertinent to the Long Point Area.  
 
Browse or search over 300 articles in our Digital Library found on our website, under the "Conservation" tab, or click the link below:
Plant Sale Update
Despite the cold and windy weather on May 14th, the day of the Biosphere's Annual Plant Sale, more money was raised than at last years sale.  

LPWBRF's Chair, Shirley Rothery took as many of the remaining plants as she could to sell at her previous Weston neighbourhood's annual yard sale. 

To date the community has contributed over $1300 through plant sale purchases.
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