Ontario Envirothon Virtual Lab: Watersheds and Benthic Macroinvertebrates

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Wastersheds are an essential part of our lives and help maintain the natural world. Monitoring these ecosystems is important to maintaining the health...

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Wastersheds are an essential part of our lives and help maintain the natural world. Monitoring these ecosystems is important to maintaining the health of our wetlands. A key metric used to determine the health of a wetland are benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs), creepy crawlies with varying tolerance levels. Join Holly from EcoSpark to learn more about watersheds, wetlands, and just how important these critters are to an aquatic ecosystem’s health and wellbeing.

Finished the video? Put your new BMI knowledge to the test with today's activity: https://www.forestsontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EcoSpark-Watershed-Crossword.pdf

Find the rest of the resources for the Ontario Envirothon Virtual Lab here: https://www.forestsontario.ca/blog/2020/05/11/welcome-to-the-ontario-envirothon-virtual-lab/

About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is dedicated to making Ontario’s forests greener. Our ambitious tree planting initiatives, extensive education programs and decades of community outreach have resulted in millions of trees being planted each year. Through our extensive partnerships and our diverse planting programs, we are working each day to increase forest cover, restore forests impacted by natural occurrences and improve forest conditions in Ontario and across Canada. www.forestsontario.ca/

About Envirothon
The Ontario Envirothon isn’t just an educational program—it’s a team-based competition for high school students who love the outdoors. Think of it as an incubator for the environmental leaders of tomorrow, designed to prepare students for future green careers. Since 1994, thousands of students, teachers and volunteers have participated in our annual Envirothon competitions, putting knowledge they’ve learned in the field to the test. Interactive workshops give students hands-on experience with forests, soils, wildlife, and aquatic ecosystems, while team-based activities are designed to develop critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
Find out how you can support programs like Ontario Envirothon today. https://www.forestsontario.ca/community/get-involved/

About EcoSpark
EcoSpark is an environmental charity whose mission is to empower communities to take an active role in protecting and sustaining their local environment. We do this by giving people the tools for education, monitoring and influencing positive change. Since 1996, EcoSpark has connected people to their local environment through education, monitoring and stewardship. We have a strong reputation in the areas of community engagement, education, citizen science, facilitation and collaboration. To date, we have directly worked with over 80,000 people from across Southern Ontario in over 20 watersheds. Our long term goal is to spark life-long environmental action in our volunteers and participants through our local, outdoor, experiential programs that inspire people to learn and to take action to benefit their local environment. http://www.ecospark.ca/
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