Did you know this month is Plastic Free July?

Data shows that Canadians use billions of single-use plastic products per year. Things like grocery bags, cutlery, stir sticks and more. It’s easier than you think to be part of the solution! Read how one woman has started changing her habits little bits at a time, and how you could too!

It’s Plastic Free July. Reuse, refill, rinse and repeat

SOK is hiring!

Sources of Knowledge is hiring an Administrator on a part-time basis (variable hours) for an on-going term. This individual would provide clerical and administrative support to the Board of Directors including managing the budget, preparing financial statements, organizing board meetings, and playing a key role in the annual Forums. Please send your resume, or any questions, to

New Project Alert!

The Sources of Knowledge (SOK) board, in partnership with Parks Canada and Friends of the Bruce District Parks, is launching a three-year citizen science project in 2022 to retrieve, categorize, and quantify debris collected in three SeaBins located in Fathom Five National Marine Park in Tobermory, Ontario. The project season will run from mid-May to mid-September. Visit our Seabins Project page to learn more about the technology and what we’re doing – and keep an eye out for an article in the next issue of the Bruce Peninsula Press!
Two seabins; one in the water, one showing contents.

On May 9, 2022, the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula Council approved the Climate Change Action Plan prepared by the citizen advisory committee. This is a great step forward! While there are lots of climate change plans out there, this one is very succinct and focused on very doable, measurable actions that the Municipality and local citizens can take. The Committee will continue its work, adding to the plan over time and encouraging action.

What an exciting archeological find in Grasslands National Park – who knows what lies under the many layers of 400 million year old dolomite rock in Bruce Peninsula National Park / Fathom Five National Marine Park?! – Grasslands Dig Unveils ‘The T-Rex Of The Sea’

Keep up-to-date with how you can take climate action into your own hands with the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association!

Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association Climate Action Information Hub

Parks Canada and Ontario Parks together manage close to 1,000 parks and protected areas across the province. As many know, visitation has risen significantly over the past decade and even more so since the covid emergency. The two agencies are committed to better managing visitors in our places and most of all, encouraging visitors to plan ahead before they visit busy places like Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park in Tobermory. – #ForTheLoveOfParks: 5 Ways To Help Keep Parks Clean And Safe This Year

Both Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park have experienced the strain from high visitation including disrespect to Parks staff and more garbage – 10 large bags of garbage were removed from Flowerpot Island this past Saturday! Check out the video for the “For the Love of Parks” campaign. – People Have Embraced Ontario’s Parks During The Pandemic, But Are They Loving Them To Death?

An unsettling but important piece on wildfire in the wake of the current catastrophic B.C. fires. The Northern Bruce Peninsula Emergency Plan ( identifies a wildfire as the number one threat. We know that in Tobermory where is has been over 110 years since the last major fire, resulting in a significant build-up of downed wood (aka fuel) in our woodlands. Note that the article references the FireSmart program – worth a look for our own in reducing fire risk around our own properties. You’ll hear more about this as the Northern Bruce Peninsula Climate Change Plan comes forward later in 2022. – The Future Of Fire In Canada

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature is the leading voice for nature and biodiversity protection around the world and has been led by many strong Canadian voices over the years, including Steve Woodley who spoke at the 2012 SoK Forum on climate change. Check out their work here with youth. – IUCN Global Youth Summit 2021

In case you happen upon one, here’s how to be bear wise! – One Of You Is Going To Run Into A Bear This Summer. Here’s How To Not Get Eaten.

Check out this interview with our very own board member emeritus, Gordon Nelson! Gordon has played an important role with SOK for many years, and CPAWS got the chance to talk to him about his book (The Magnificent Nahanni: the Struggle to Protect a Wild Place) and more. – Gordon Nelson And The Magnificent Nahanni

Check out the video and strong role of First Nations in designing the pathway in Pacific Rim National Park. If this could be done in Bruce Peninsula National Park it could link the Visitor Centre to Singing Sands, Cyprus Lake and Halfway Log Dump! Would sure beat travelling by bike down Highway 6! Just think of how many car trips it would eliminate! – Pacific Rim Pathway Mostly Complete, Has ‘Soft Opening’.

Sadly, Ontario was deemed the worst jurisdiction in Canada in not achieving parks and protected areas targets in this Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society update report – surely we can do better! – Province’s To Blame For Canada’s Broken International Conservation Promise

Learn a bit more about Parks and Protected Areas.

Looks like Fathom Five may be joined by a new member of the National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) family with negotiations underway between Canada and Mushkegowuk Council (representing 7 First Nations in western James Bay and Hudson Bay). The NMCA will be Indigenous-led and may in future incorporate an adjacent terrestrial protected area. – National Marine Project Announcement Expected By End Of June: Project Manager

We have always known that there is a strong link between biodiversity protection/restoration and actions needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Here on the Saugeen Peninsula, Parks Canada is planting trees on Johnstone Field, Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association is working with the agricultural community to retain water on the land, and habitat restoration actions are underway for species-at-risk. – Launch Of IPBES-IPCC Co-Sponsored Workshop Report On Biodiversity And Climate Change

Pressure is mounting on the British Columbia provincial government to protect the last percentages of old growth forest on Vancouver Island. Experts say that at least 30% and closer to 70% of the province’s and area should be in protected natural areas. See our article on the subject in our Parks and Protected Areas theme section. – First Nations Seek To Defuse Old-Growth Logging Dispute, But B.C. Still On The Fence About Protected Areas

This is music to those of us lucky enough to visit P.E.I. Locally, here the Nature Conservancy of Canada and other conservation organizations remain active in protecting our unique habitats on the Saugeen Peninsula. – New 136 Hectare Donation Is Largest Ever For Island Nature Trust

It’s nice to have some good news for a change. Excitedly, we can point to similar good news here on the Saugeen Peninsula. Parks Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation are installing eco-corridors under Highway 6 to ensure safe travel for turtles, snakes and other species including Species at Risk such as the Massasauga rattlesnake. Parks Canada has some other projects underway: with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation studying the declining Lake Whitefish population, a recovery plan for the Hill’s Thistle with the University of Guelph’s Gosling Institute, a study on threatened bat species which inhabit the many caves on our Georgian Bay coast, and the on-going turtle nesting protection program, now in it’s third year. – How Conservation Efforts Have Helped Some At-Risk Species In Alberta

This would be a great program for the Saugeen Peninsula, working with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Hopefully that happens! – Indigenous Guardians Vital To Canada’s Conservation Goals, Environment Minister Says

The largest threat to the communities (human and non-human) in the Northern Bruce Peninsula Emergency Plan is forest fire. As you know there is only one main road in and out. Climate change projections prepared by Parks Canada’s Dr. Scott Parker note that with higher temperatures and increasingly un-predictable weather (including more lightning strikes) forest fires are a major climate change risk. Right now we are approaching drought conditions which raises the risk even higher – be careful out there! – Wildfire Near Banff Sparked By Abandoned Campfire Finally Extinguished After 10 Months

While Parks Canada’s Mountain Parks also have grizzly bears, we have the wonderful local black bear on the Saugeen Peninsula which as you might now is a genetically-distinct species. So, the points made in this article largely apply to our bears too. We would add that Parks Canada is currently preparing a Black Bear Conservation Plan in partnership with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – the writer is Dr. Marty Obbard who spoke at a SoK talk in 2019. Happy and safe bear encounters! – Prepare For Bear: Expert Launches Website Offering Safety Tips For Ursine Encounters

Look how little we collectively need to invest to protect biodiversity around the world. What do you think we should invest to protect and restore biodiversity on the Saugeen Peninsula? Let’s start with our genetically-distinct black bear population! Check out our Species At Risk theme section as well. – UN Says It Will Take 0.1% of Global GDP to Save Nature

Fossils provide us with great insight into our more ancient past! Did you know that the lands and waters around Fathom Five National Marine Park were a tropical sea some 400 million years ago, when the they were situated closer to the earth’s equator – hard to believe but the dolostone of the Niagara Escarpment tells the story, coming from millions of dead sea creatures. Won’t tell you where, but fossilized barrel sponges in Fathom Five provide another clue to our tropical history. – Phallic Worm Shared Its Home With Bristly Squatters In Ancient Symbiosis

The success of every organization, including the Sources of Knowledge, relies on the energy and vision of some special people who really make a difference. Tom Lee from Parks Canada was one of those people – read about his work in this story.

Imagine being able to get to a national park by public transit?! That is more than possible with the new Rouge National Park in east Toronto. While we all love visiting rural and remote national parks across the country, bringing a national park to Canada’s largest city means that nature is accessible to millions of people! – How To Build An Urban National Park – And Who To Build It For

Parks Canada has an important role to play in reconciliation. Here in Bruce Peninsula National Park / Fathom Five National Marine Park we are working very closely with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation to co-develop a new park management plan. Moreover, Parks Canada now refers to the Bruce Peninsula as the Saugeen Peninsula and is encouraging others to do so. Consultations on possibly changing the name of the park will occur during management plan discussions beginning in late spring 2021. – Reconciliation Means Rethinking Parks Governance