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     Dark Sky

Bayside Astronomy will be coming back for 2016!

Every Friday and Saturday Evening at dusk in the summertime
at the Open Air ‘POD” (‘Peninsula Observation Deck’) just steps from the Lion’s Head Marina, at the Harbour
Telescopes and Astronomers will be on hand, eager to share their knowledge (and the Sights) with you.
Other evenings at Miller Lake, Summerhouse Park and Bruce Peninsula National Park (Singing Sands).
Click here for the 2014 schedule and other details
Once the program startsor ‘day-of’ updates on a session’s status (in case of bad weather, etc) please visit our Facebook page at

Would you like to see Saturn’s rings, or Apollo’s 11’s landing spot on the moon? Do the ideas of Star Nurseries, Planetary Nebula and Coloured Stars intrigue you? Do you want to know how to distinguish stars from the planets?
Join us and discover the wonder and mystery of our Peninsula’s dark skies by taking part in the Biosphere’s Bayside Astronomy Program

Sessions are also offered in the summer at Miller Lake Campground on (probably Mondays), and SummerHouse Campground (probably on Wednesdays). There is a different theme each week so check out the Bayside facebook page to see what is featured. We are so very pleased that astronomers Doug and Paula Cunningham are volunteering their time again to lead the program and we have hired Program Manager, Reed Rodgers. Due to the generosity of our volunteer astronomers, Scotia Private Client Group, a grant from HRSDC , and  Ridgewood Capital Asset Management  the Biosphere Association is able to offer the program at no charge. A bonus for you is that amateur astronomers bring their own telescopes so that these scopes combined with the Biosphere’s three telescopes means few or short lineups!! We are looking forward to seeing you, your guests and families at dusk during our beautiful summer evenings here on the Bruce.

A Learning Community Initiative – Dark Sky Committeestarry_sky_BPBA_logo
For the past ten years there has been a major effort to develop and enhance a variety of programs which seek to preserve the night sky on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula. There are presently as many reasons for doing this as there are individuals involved in this effort. Click to view the Video Interviews of Local Dark Sky Champions!

     Watershed Monitoring

From 2003 to 2005 a benthic monitoring program in three local cold-water streams monitored the health of these aquatic ecosystems. Benthic monitoring involves collecting bottom samples from the streams to identify and count the macroin-vertebrates, or aquatic insects, present in the water. Since some of these species are sensitive to disruptions in their environment they are good indicators of the health of the streams.

This program is now being rejuvenated as the Six Streams Initiative.

Our project approach involves the following steps.

  1. Introductory community event to launch the project (August 2012)
  2. Seek funding to hire person to prepare overarching plan (completed)
  3. Obtain community consensus on project direction (completed)
  4. Scope out project and prepare action plans (completed)
  5. Apply for Trillium and EcoAction funding (completed)
  6. Implement plans (underway)

We have received approval for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant of $25,000 to monitor and restore streams, with the support of area landowners and students by:

  • taking and analysing water samples
  • undertaking volunteer-based restoration projects.

The first task within this project is to demonstrate cattle exclusion from the upper Stokes River using an alternate water source for cattle, fed by a solar-powered pump. 

If you would like to be involved, please contact us now!  

     Forest Monitoring

     Salamander Monitoring

forestIn 2002, a long-term monitoring program was initiated to assess the health of forest ecosystems on the Bruce Peninsula. Sixteen monitoring plots have been established on both private and protected lands throughout the municipality to observe changes in the health of our forest ecosystems by monitoring mature tree species, seedling and sapling regeneration, decay rates, lichens, and salamanders.

salamanderSince 2003, salamander monitoring protocols have been implemented at eight of the forest monitoring plots throughout the municipality. Coverboards, or layered wood, were used to monitor salamanders since they act as artificial habitat, making it easier to count them.

     Youth Involvement


For four years, the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association has provided local youth with an opportunity to gain hands-on employment experiences under the mentorship of re-source professionals.




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