You’ve likely encountered algae in Lake Erie. Perhaps while down at the beach at Port Dover, or fishing off Long Point, or paddling out from Cedar Bay. If you live further west, towards Point Pelee or Pelee Island, you might have experienced how harmful algae blooms sometimes make the water too toxic for drinking or swimming.
Join us on Tuesday March 28th to learn more about what causes these algae to proliferate in Lake Erie; the impact it's having on birds, fish, wildlife and humans; and what we can do to address the problem.
6:30pm - Coffee, meet & greet. A variety of organizations will have informative displays to share.
7:00pm - Presentations:
- What causes harmful and nuisance algae and why is it a concern? - April Weppler, Program Manager, Freshwater Future Canada
- What do the birds tell us? Overview of what current conditions in Lake Erie mean for the numerous bird species that depend on the lake for nesting and migration, including information collected on the issue by hundreds of citizen scientists. - Dr. Doug Tozer, Ontario Program Scientist, Bird Studies Canada
- With the Grand River being a central part of their Indigenous communities' natural and cultural heritage, members of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory have great concern for the health of the Grand, its tributaries and Lake Erie. Meagan Hamilton and Kerdo Deer will share some of their communities' experiences and perspectives. - Meagan Hamilton is a Mohawk Turtle Clan member of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and has helped develop various conservation efforts at Six Nations, including environmental monitoring on behalf of traditional government. Kerdo Deer is a Bear Clan Mohawk from Six Nations, is the Ecotourism Coordinator at Kayanase, and has worked as an environmental monitor for traditional government.
- What needs to be done to address Lake Erie's algae problem? - Raj Gill, Great Lakes Organizer, Canadian Freshwater Alliance
8:00pm - Audience Q&A and discussion
Please RSVP for this event by completing the form below. Parking is available on site.
If you are interested in contributing to the town hall, please get in touch with us. There may be opportunities for you or your group to share information and display materials, help with promotion and outreach, and more as we work to keep Lake Erie Alive!
44 Frid St
Hamilton, ON L8N 3G3
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