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Envirominute Podcast 2015 Archive

Listen to our short, one to two minute Envirominute podcasts.  We post a new one every week.  To listen to past podcasts, just click on one of the archive links on the right.  To listen here - click on the title of the podcast.


Father and child outdoors in winterDecember 31, 2015 - HR Frink Conservation Area and Outdoor Education Centre

The HR Frink Conservation Area is a popular spot in the summer, but did you know that you can enjoy the trails in the winter, too? They are great for snowshoeing, winter hiking, and cross country skiing. Find out more about the HR Frink Conservation Area in this week's podcast.


Child snowshoeingDecember 24, 2015 - Fun Winter Activities at Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas are great places to hike and picnic in the summer, but did you know there are many winter activities you can enjoy at local conservation areas? Find out more in this week's podcast.


Hot WaterDecember 15, 2015 - Winter Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation is usually top of mind in the dry summer months. However, there are still ways to conserve water in the winter. Find out more in this week's podcast.


GlobeDecember 10 - What is stewardship and how can it affect our water sources?

Stewardship means being good caretakers or stewards of our environment. Our activities can have positive effects on land and water resources. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Snow SamplingDecember 3, 2015 - Snow Sampling

During winter, every two weeks staff members sample snow conditions at 14 locations in the watershed area. At each snow sampling station the depth and weight of snow is carefully measured and recorded along with ground conditions. Find out why we do snow sampling in this week's podcast.


WaterNovember 26, 2015 - Water Footprint

We often hear about our carbon footprint – but have you ever thought about your water footprint? Water is used to help produce a wide variety of things and it can be surprising how much water we use in the products we buy. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Adopt An AcreNovember 19, 2015 - Adopt An Acre

Did you know you can Adopt an Acre of Quinte Conservation land and help preserve and protect natural heritage lands in your watersheds? Find out more about this program and how you can help protect our local green and wilderness places.


WellNovember 12, 2015 - Caring for your well

Half the people in the Quinte Region get their water from a private well. Private wells must be properly maintained to ensure a safe water supply. Learn some simple things you can do to keep your well water safe in this week's podcast.

 


WetlandNovember 4, 2015 - Wetlands

There are five basic types of wetlands found in the greater Quinte area. If you are lucky enough to have wetlands on your property, they might contain a combination of swamps, marshes, fens, bogs or shallow, open water. Find out more about wetlands in this week's podcast.


Bird FeederOctober 29, 2015 - Feeding Wild Birds Myths

Feeding wild birds is a common past-time in winter. Some people think that birds will die if they neglect their bird feeder. Studies have shown, however, that birds spend only 20 per cent of their time at feeders. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 


Repair CafeOctober 22, 2015 - Host a Repair Cafe

More and more we live in a disposable society. Sometimes it can cost more to repair an item than replace it. Hosting a Repair Café can help keep items out of our landfills. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Portland Conservation AreaOctober 15, 2015 - Portland Conservation Area

Portland Conservation Area is located on the east side of Highway 38 just 2 kilometers south of Verona. It offers almost 23 hectares for picnics and relaxation. Find out more about this Conservation Area in this week's podcast.


Dug wellOctober 8, 2105 - Why look after your well?

Old, unused or improperly maintained wells can be a hazard to our health and safety. They can be a direct path for contaminants on the land to reach our source of drinking water. Find out more in this week's podcast.

 


DamOctober 1, 2015 - Fall Dam Draw Down

Quinte Conservation owns and operates 36 dams and water control structures. Water levels in lakes and rivers are lowered each fall to provide additional storage space for spring melt waters. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Dog on a leashSeptember 24, 2015 - Keeping Pets Leashed at Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas are great places to take your dog for a walk. But keep in mind that dogs need to be on a leash. Even if your dog is friendly and well trained, it is important that all dogs are kept on a leash for public safety. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Barn OwlSeptember 17, 2015 - Discover Birding

Birding is a great activity for all ages. It’s also an excellent way to explore our local Conservation Areas and gain an appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors. Find out how to get started in this week's podcast.


Groundwater diagramSeptember 10, 2015 - Groundwater

Nearly three million people in Ontario use and depend on groundwater every day. Groundwater supplies us with drinking water and water for agricultural and industrial uses. Find out more about this important resources in this week's podcast.

 


ElectrofishingSeptember 3, 2015 - Electrofishing

Quinte Conservation staff are often out in the field doing many types of monitoring and sampling so we can check on the health of our watersheds. One of the ways we check for healthy waterways is electrofishing. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Blue Green AlgaeAugust 27, 2015 - Help Prevent Algae Blooms

Algae blooms can be a real problem in our local lakes. The rapid growth of naturally occurring algae can make water unsafe for people, pets, fish and wildlife. Find out how you can help prevent algae blooms in this week's podcast.


Giant HogweedAugust 20, 2015 - Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed sightings are becoming more common in our area. It’s important to be able to identify this invasive species as the sap can cause dangerous burns on skin or temporary blindness. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Septic TruckAugust 13, 2015 - Be Septic Smart

If you live in a rural area or if you have a cottage, you probably depend on a septic system for treating your wastewater and sewage. Many people don't realize that septic systems require regular maintenance. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Camping at Depot LakesAugust 6, 2015 - Camping Tips

Camping is a great way to get outdoors and active with your family. Listen to this week's podcast for tips to make sure you have an enjoyable camping trip.


Wild ParsnipJuly 30, 2015 - Wild Parsnip

Wild parsnip is an invasive plant native to Europe and Asia. It was likely brought to North America by European settlers, who grew it for its edible root. Find out more about this invasive and harmful plant in this week's podcast.


Walking at the Frink CentreJuly 23, 2015 - Beat the heat while walking the trails

The summer offers a great chance to get outdoors and walk at our local conservation areas. Sometimes, though, it is very hot and humid. Learn some ways to beat the heat when walking and hiking outdoors this summer in this week's podcast.


Lawn sprinklerJuly 16, 2015 - Conserving Water Outdoors

Summertime is a peak season for water use. Activities such as lawn watering means demand for water is 50 – 80 percent higher in the summer than it is the rest of the year. In this week's podcast learn some ways you can help reduce outdoor water usage this summer.


Child drinking water from a fountainJuly 9, 2015 - What are the vulnerable areas surrounding drinking water sources?

Most of the policies in the Quinte Region Source Protection Plan apply to two kinds of vulnerable areas, Wellhead Protection Areas and Intake Protection Zones. Find out more about these vulnerable areas in this week's podcast.


mosquitoJuly 2, 2015 - Mosquito Myths

Are you the type of person that mosquitos just love?  Maybe you know someone who seems to never get bitten.  There are lots of myths about mosquitos and how to avoid those irritating bites.Are you the type of person that mosquitos just love? Maybe you know someone who seems to never get bitten. There are lots of myths about mosquitos and how to avoid those irritating bites. Find out more in this week's podcast.


FawnJune 25, 2015 - Rescuing Wildlife

At this time of year people often encounter wildlife. Most often they see young birds or animals that they think might be abandoned. With the best of intentions, children and adults alike may take in young animals to save them and give them a home. Find out why this may not be the best idea in this week's podcast.


Dog Strangling VineJune 18, 2015 - Dog Strangling Vine

The name “dog-strangling vine” refers to two invasive plants - black swallowwort and pale swallowwort. In recent years these perennial vines have spread rapidly throughout central and southern Ontario. Find out more about this invasive species in this week's podcast.


Threats to Drinking Water SourcesJune 11, 2015 - Risk Management Plans

Some policies in the Quinte Region Source Protection Plan call for risk management plans. A risk management plan regulates how a significant drinking water threat activity is undertaken on a specific property. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Turtle crossing the roadJune 4, 2015 - Helping Turtles

Turtle nesting season is between late May and early July. That means June is a prime time to see turtles crossing the road to get to their nesting sites.  Find out how you can help turtles in this week's podcast.


Yoga at the Frink CentreMay 28 - Tips for Working out at a Conservation Area

Summer is almost here and it’s a perfect time to take your workouts into the great outdoors. Get some tips for working out in our local Conservation Areas in this week's podcast.


GeocachingMay 21, 2015 - Geocaching

Many people wonder if you can geocache at our local Conservation Areas. You may search for and place geocaches at our Conservation Areas as long as you follow a few guidelines. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Wedding at Massassauga PointMay 14, 2015 - Weddings and Special Events at Conservation Areas

You may hold your wedding or special event (such as family reunion picnics or photography sessions) at our Conservation Areas at no charge.  Quinte Conservation owns 23 Conservation Areas that are open to the public. They are open daily from dawn until dusk.  Find out how to enjoy your special event at a local Conservation Area.


Source Protection Plan DocumentMay 7, 2015 - Are you affected by policies in the Source Protection Plan?

Our activities on the land and water near drinking water sources can impact water quality and quantity. The Quinte Region Source Protection Plan contains policies to safeguard our municipal drinking water sources. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Canadian Swallowtail ButterflyApril 30, 2015 - Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens

Hummingbirds and butterflies are desirable visitors to any garden.  Find out how to make your garden inviting to these colourful visitors in this week's podcast.


Deer TickApril 23, 2015 - Ticks and Lyme Disease

Black-legged ticks are becoming more common in our area.  Some of these ticks are infected with Lyme disease – which can be very dangerous to humans.  It’s a good idea to take precautions against ticks when heading outdoors for a hike or other activities.


SunflowerApril 16, 2015 - Grow Your Own Birdseed

If you enjoy feeding wild birds in your backyard you might also enjoy growing your own birdseed. Growing your own birdseed is a fun and budget friendly way to invite birds into your backyard. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Girl drinking a glass of waterApril 9, 2015 - What can you do to protect sources of drinking water?

What can you do to protect drinking water sources? Start by being aware of where your water comes from. Water comes from the ground or from surface water like lakes and rivers. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Couple campingApril 2, 2015 - Camping at Depot Lakes

Are you looking for a great family camping experience this summer? Camping season at our Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground is right around the corner. Find out more about camping at Depot Lakes in this week's podcast.


BeeMarch 26, 2015 - Creating a Bee Friendly Garden

Many bee species are in decline because of habitat loss. Anyone with a backyard garden can help create more bee habitat. Creating a bee friendly garden is very easy. Even a small flower pot or patch can give a bee a home. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Deer March 19, 2015 - Consequences of Feeding Wildlife

Feeding wild birds in your backyard can be an enjoyable past-time. Feeding other wildlife may not be such a good idea and may do more harm than good. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Drinking WaterMarch 12, 2015 - How will the Source Protection Plan be implemented?

The Quinte Region Source Protection Plan became effective on January first of this year. The Plan contains policies to address activities that are potential threats to our municipal drinking water sources. Find out more about how the plan will be implemented in this week's podcast.


Yellow Fish RoadMarch 5, 2015 - Yellow Fish Road

Is your community group looking for a way to help the local environment? If so, our Yellow Fish Road program might be a great way for you to get involved. This program’s goal is to help Canadians understand that storm drains are the doorways to our rivers, lakes and streams. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Flooded streetsFebruary 26, 2015 - Flood Forecasting and Warning at Quinte Conservation

Quinte Conservation staff monitor watershed conditions carefully all year. We are on duty, ready to alert municipal flood coordinators, the media, the public, police and other agencies of potential danger to lives or property from flooding. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Preying MantisFebruary 19, 2015 - Best Actors in the Animal Kingdom

With the Academy Awards coming up we thought we would like to nominate some of our friends in the animal kingdom for best actor awards. Our two nominees are the Eastern Hog Nose Snake and the Preying Mantis. Listen to this week's podcast and then vote on your favourite on our Facebook page.


child drinking water from a fountainFebruary 12, 2015 - What does source protection planning mean for our communities?

It means that public health will be safeguarded and people will be able to depend on, clean, abundant municipal drinking water from their taps. It also means that good water supplies will be in place for the future economic growth and prosperity of our communities. Find out more in this week's podcast.


DrivingFebruary 5, 2015 - Green Driving Tips

The best and easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is to keep your car in the driveway and walk, bike or use public transit. If that’s not possible there are some ways to make your car trips more environmentally friendly. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Demonstration Created WetlandJanuary 29, 2015 - Creating and Developing Wetlands

If you have a large piece of property, you might want to consider creating a wetland on it. Natural and created wetlands provide important habitat for fish and wildlife. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Winter streamJanuary 22, 2015 - Winter Photo Tips

Winter can be a beautiful time to get outdoors, visit a Conservation Area and take some photos. A few tips will take your winter photos from good to great. Learn more in this week's podcast.


People SnowshoeingJanuary 15, 2015 - Getting Started with Snowshoeing

Snow shoeing is the fastest growing winter sport – it’s even growing faster than snowboarding. That’s probably because it’s a relatively inexpensive sport that is easy to learn and provides a great outdoor workout in the winter months. Find out more in this week's podcast.


Source Protection PlanJanuary 8, 2015 - What is the source protection plan for the Quinte Region?

What is the source protection plan for the Quinte Region? It describes and directs how 11 local municipal drinking water sources will be protected and kept clean and plentiful.  Find out more in this week's podcast.


Water BottlesJanuary 1, 2015 - Green New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year from Quinte Conservation! This time of year people are making all kinds of resolutions, such as losing weight and saving money. Why not make an environmental resolution too? We have a few for you to choose from. Find out more in this week's podcast.

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