We are excited to announce that the Environment Council, with the support of our lake associations and the
Stony Lake Heritage Foundation, is launching an innovative new program in 2020.
Meet our Lake Guardian team – a group of dedicated scientists and students (aged 17 - 30) who have volunteered to photograph, research, monitor and map (using iNaturalist) aquatic plants, turtles, Starry stonewort, and more, in our lakes. In addition to logging valuable field experience and training with skilled researchers and academics, these Lake Guardians will help us at EC stay current by contributing articles on topical issues to our website and newsletter. In an age of increasing stressors on our aquatic ecosystem their work this summer will help build vital awareness of – and capacity for – environmental monitoring around Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes.
All in a day's work for these future environmental leaders.
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Roz Shepherd is going into her third year of Environmental and Resource Science at Trent University. She grew up coming to Stoney Lake and has spent hours looking at and studying the plants and animals here. She thinks getting to know this place is what made her realize she wanted to study the environment! Roz is excited to take part in ecosystem monitoring this summer, and to do her part helping to understand and care for the Kawartha lakes!
Annalise Buchowski is in her 4th year of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University, and a full-time resident of Ston(e)y Lake. As a student, her favourite areas of study surround water resources and water quality. She has held previous positions in community outreach through Halton Region's Storm Water Management Program and Trent University's Eco-Mentorship Program. Her spare time is spent exploring local trails and nature areas, and spending as much time on the water as possible.
Molly is a student at Greenwood College School in Toronto and will be entering grade 12 in the fall. She is passionate about environmental issues and hopes to study environmental science in university with a focus on oceans and water systems. Molly’s other interests include photography, cooking and baking, and spending time in nature. She has spent the last 13 summers at her family’s cottage near Kawartha Park Marina, attending programs at both Juniper Island and Camp Kawartha. Molly is excited to volunteer with the Lake Guardian program this summer, and in particular, learn more about environmental concerns around the lake and gain experience monitoring water ecosystems.