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Envirominute Podcast 2013 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 - click on the title of the podcast.



December 26, 2013 - Snow Sampling

Quinte Conservation watersheds are mostly at risk of flooding during the spring freshet. Snow melt is a large contributor to flooding.  Find out about our snow sampling program and how it helps in flood forecasting in this week's podcast.



December 19, 2013 - Winter Animals

Most of us who enjoy the outdoors during winter are aware that animals abound, despite a popular belief that everything either hibernates or migrates. Find out more about the wildlife you might see out and about in the winter in this week's podcast.


  December 12, 2013 - 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.  If your water source is a private well here are some simple things you can do to keep your well water safe.  Listen to this week's podcast to find out more.



Grey Fox - December 5, 2013

The Grey Fox is threatened in Ontario and is protected under the province's Endangered Species Act. Under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act they cannot be hunted or trapped anywhere in Ontario. Find out more about the Grey Fox in this week's podcast.



November 28, 2013 - Yellow Fish Road

Yellow Fish Road is a nation-wide environmental education program designed and managed by Trout Unlimited Canada. The Yellow Fish Road program's goal is to help Canadians understand that storm drains are the doorways to our rivers, lakes and streams. Find out more about how you could participate in this program in this week's podcast.



November 21, 2013 - Member Municipalities and Board Members

Representatives from each of the 18 municipalities within the watersheds serve on Quinte Conservation's Board of Directors. Usually the directors are municipal councilors, but sometimes municipalities appoint informed citizens to sit on the Quinte Conservation board. Find out more in this week's podcast.



November 14, 2013 - Why Protect 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. Besides the risk to our drinking water supply and groundwater, unused wells also pose a physical hazard to people and animals. Find out more in this week's podcast.




November 7, 2013 - Short Eared Owl

Habitat loss has been a major threat to the Short-eared Owl. It is now listed as Special Concern in Ontario. Find out more in this week's podcast.





October 31, 2013 - Buying or Building Near the Floodplain

Don't get swept away by that desirable waterfront home or cottage. Before you buy or build, check the flood risk map for the area to determine whether you could be putting your family and belongings in jeopardy. Find out more in this week's podcast.



October 24, 2013 - Community Partners

Quinte Conservation is fortunate to work with many dedicated volunteer groups. Volunteer support groups at our Conservation Areas have greatly enhanced them through trail maintenance, interpretive signage and the building and maintenance of structures. Find out more in this week's podcast.




October 17, 2013 - 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 groundwater in this week's podcast.




October 10, 2013 - Butternut Tree

The Butternut is protected under Ontario's 2007 Endangered Species Act. These trees were never common in Ontario but they are now listed as Endangered. They declined as forests were cleared. Find out more about threats to this species in this week's podcast.




October 3, 2013 - 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.



September 26, 2013 - Groundwater Monitoring

Quinte Conservation is a part of the Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network, or PGMN. The PGMN is a network of over 400 wells across 38 watersheds in Ontario that record data on groundwater quality and quantity. Find out more in this week's podcast.




September 19, 2013 - Meet Our Staff

Our main goal is to ensure the healthy co-existence between the community, its environment and its economy. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff work hard to achieve this goal. Find out more in this week's podcast.



September 12, 2013 - Septic Systems

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. Not everyone who has a septic system knows about it or how it works. Get some tips in this week's podcast.



September 5, 2013 - Milk Snake

The Milk Snake is sometimes mistaken for a rattlesnake, because it will shake its tail when threatened, causing grasses to rustle. Milk Snakes are often killed by vehicles and humans. This snake is listed as a Species of Special Concern in Ontario.  Find out more in this week's Envirominute Podcast.



August 29, 2013 - Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network

This Network is designed to collect water quality information from rivers and streams at strategic locations throughout Ontario on a monthly basis. Quinte Conservation has been participating in this program for more than 45 years. Find out more in this week's podcast.



August 22, 2013 - McLeod Dam Green Energy Project

Green Energy is a term used for energy that is generated in such a way that it is not harmful to the environment and is renewable. The McLeod Dam Green Energy Project is a "run of the river" project that provides entirely green energy.  Find out more about the project in this week's podcast.



August 15, 2013 - Hiking Trails

Quinte Conservation has over 60 kilometres of trails in 20 areas open to the public. Our trails will take you through forests, oak savannahs, and along shorelines. Find out more about our trails in this week's podcast.



August 8, 2013 - Water Conservation

The average Canadian uses more than 300 litres of water a day. That's more than double some European countries. Half of our water use is unnecessary and wasteful. Find out how you can conserve water in this week's podcast.



August 1, 2013 - Five Lined Skink

The Five Lined Skink is Ontario's only species of lizard. They face threats from habitat loss as land is developed for cottages and recreation trails. They are food for small mammals and snakes and often get killed on the road. It is a species of Special Concern in Ontario. Find out more in this week's podcast.




July 25, 2013 - Visit a Conservation Area

Visiting a Conservation Area is an inexpensive, fun outing for the whole family. Quinte Conservation has over 20 areas that are open to the public.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



July 18, 2013 - Low Water Response Program

In our area, Quinte Conservation acts as the lead for the local Water Response Team to assist in coordination and to support local response in the event of a drought. Water Response Teams monitor local conditions carefully and work with local water users to reduce demand and mitigate the effects of water shortages.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



July 11, 2013 - How Stewardship Affects Our Drinking Water Sources

Stewardship means being good caretakers or stewards of our environment. Property owners' activities can have positive effects on land and water resources. Some stewardship actions require little or no effort and others require an investment of time and resources - but they all pay benefits. Find out more in this week's podcast.



July 4, 2013 - Lake Sturgeon

The Lake Sturgeon is Canada's largest freshwater fish. The largest ever recorded was two metres long, although most found today are smaller. Find out more about this fascinating species in this week's podcast.



June 27, 2013 - Quinte Conservation Picnic Sites

Summer is great time to get outdoors with your family. People of all ages can enjoy a picnic. We have eight Conservation Areas with picnic tables, and some with shelters. Find out more in this week's podcast.



June 20, 2013 - Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network

The Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network is an environmental tool designed to use benthic, or bottom-dwelling, organisms as indicators of stream health. Find out how Quinte Conservation participate in this network in this week's podcast.



June 13, 2013 - What is a watershed? How does it matter to our drinking water?

Activities upstream in a watershed affect the quality and quantity of water downstream. That's why it's so important to keep our water as clean and plentiful as possible. Further downstream that water could become somebody's drinking water. Find out more in this week's podcast.



June 6, 2013 - Blanding's Turtle

The Blanding's Turtle is Threatened in Ontario. Threats to this species include being killed on roadways, habitat destruction and collection for the pet trade. Find out more about this species in this week's podcast.


May 30, 2013 - 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. Find out what you should do in this week's podcast.



May 23, 2013 - Hunting: Contact Us Now

Quinte Conservation makes certain remote forested properties available to hunters and trappers. Now is the time to contact Quinte Conservation to see if any parcels will be available. Most of them are already leased, but sometimes they do become available. Find out more in this week's podcast.



May 16, 2013 - Camping at Depot Lakes

Are you looking for the ultimate camping experience this summer? Camping season at our Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground is right around the corner. Try one of the 20 interior sites and experience the private and peaceful camping that Depot Lakes offers.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



May 9, 2013 - Why Should We Protect Drinking Water Sources?

Protecting our public water supplies not only safeguards public health but also has economic benefits. It reduces the likelihood of future costly cleanups of contaminated water sources or the need to find alternate sources. Find out more in this week's podcast.



May 2, 2013 - Monarch Butterfly

In Ontario in the summer months Monarch Butterflies can be found anywhere there are milkweed plants for their caterpillars and wildflowers for nectar. You can often see the distinct black and orange butterflies in abandoned farmland or in city gardens and parks. Find out how to protect this species in this week's podcast.



April 25, 2013 - Watershed Watch Program

The Watershed Watch Program is an initiative of Quinte Conservation that encourages volunteers to help collect valuable weather information. Volunteers throughout our watershed collect rain data and submit their findings to Quinte Conservation. Find out more in this week's podcast.



April 18, 2013 - Make Every Day Earth Day

The first international Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1990 in over 140 countries. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



April 11, 2013 - What Are the Vulnerable Areas Near Our Drinking Water Sources?

What are the vulnerable areas near our drinking water sources? These are specific zones surrounding municipal water supplies where pollution or contaminate spills could affect the quality of the drinking water source. Find out more in this week's podcast.



April 4, 2013 - American Ginseng

This long-lived, slow-growing perennial can be found in the soils of rich, moist and mature deciduous forests. Ginseng has been recorded in 65 sites in Ontario, but recent surveys suggest that up to one quarter of these sites may have disappeared.  Find out more about how American Ginseng is protected in this week's podcast.



March 28, 2013 - Working Near Water

It's spring - the time of year that many homeowners start to think about improving and developing their property. Before you begin work near any hazardous lands, contact Quinte Conservation. Find out why in this week's podcast.




March 21, 2013 - How To Protect Sources of Drinking Water

What can we do to protect our drinking water sources? There are actions we can all take to protect both water quality and quantity. We can take simple steps like repairing leaky faucets and installing low flow shower heads. This can save tens of thousands of litres of water in our homes each year. Find out more in this week's podcast.



March 14, 2013 - Loggerhead Shrike

Habitat loss has been a major threat to the Loggerhead Shrike. It is now endangered in Ontario. There is less natural habitat available for the Loggerhead Shrike because of intensive farming practices, reforestation and development. Find out more in this week's podcast.


March 7, 2013 - Spring Water Safety

Make sure your children play safely this March break - well away from local waterways. Children and those caring for them must take care near streams, lakes and rivers especially now that the days are longer and warmer and children are spending more time outside. Find out more in this week's podcast.



February 28, 2013 - Flood Warning Levels

At any time of the year, when there is flooding, Quinte Conservation will issue warning messages  There are five different warning levels.  Learn more in this week's podcast.



February 21, 2013 - Flood Forecasting and Warning

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.



February 14, 2013 - Source Protection Planning

What will source protection planning mean for our communities? It will mean that policies are in place to protect a vital community resource - our drinking water. It will mean that public health will be protected and people will be able to depend on safe, clean and abundant drinking water from their taps. Find out more in this week's podcast.



February 7, 2013

Peregrine Falcon populations decreased drastically between after the 1940s and they disappeared completely from Ontario in 1963. This was caused by reproductive failure after exposure to the pesticide DDT. Between 1977 and 1996 six hundred captive-raised young were released in Ontario.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



January 31, 2013 - Stream of Dreams

Have you seen the fish on the fence in your community and wondered what they are there for?  They are part of the Streams of Dreams program that Quinte Conservation has been offering since 2008.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



January 24 - What our Regulations and Planning Staff Do

Our Regulations and Planning staff are out making site visits every day. Some of these visits are for permits or to investigate violations. These knowledgeable and
dedicated staff members work hard to protect our watersheds.  Find out more in this week's podcast.



January 17, 2013 - Who We Are and What We Do

"What happens upstream, affects what happens downstream" is a phrase you will often hear at Quinte Conservation. This is true not only of our watersheds, but also our history of conservation in the Quinte region. We are fortunate to have more than 60 successful years "upstream", so we can count on continued achievements "downstream" in the future. Find out more in this week's podcast.



January 10, 2013 - What is a Source Protection Plan?

A Source Protection Plan describes how public drinking water sources will be protected and contains policies to address drinking water threats. The goal of source protection planning is to protect public health by ensuring safe, clean and abundant municipal drinking water. Find out more about Quinte's Source Protection Plan in this week's podcast.



January 3, 2013 - Southern Flying Squirrel

The Southern Flying Squirrel is a permanent resident of mature deciduous forests. Seldom seen, this nocturnal rodent sleeps in tree cavities during the day. This squirrel feeds on nuts and seeds and will even visit bird feeders! Find out more in this week's podcast.

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