You’ve likely encountered algae in Lake Erie. Perhaps while down at the beach at Port Dover, or fishing off Long Point. Further west, towards Rondeau Bay and Point Pelee you might have experienced how the harmful algae blooms sometimes make the water too toxic for drinking or swimming... for people, pets and wildlife.
Join us on Wednesday May 17th 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. - Gregor Beck, Senior Advisor, Development & Citizen Science, Bird Studies Canada
- The importance of a clean Lake Erie from both a personal wellbeing and economic point of view. As a Londonder, Drew Climie formed an early relationship with Lake Erie over many weekends spent on it's beaches growing up. As an avid boater and now outdoor recreational business owner that relationship is stronger than ever. - Drew Climie, owner, LondonSUP
- 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. Free admission, & free 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!
*Please note May 17 is the correct, rescheduled date for this meeting.
295 Rectory St
London, ON N5Z 0A3
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