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POST-PONED Blue-Green Algae Workshop

Please be advised that this workshop has been postponed due to COVID19 precautions. An alternative date in May is being planned, please check back for details.

Tuesday 31st March – Rising temperatures and their influence on ‘algae’ blooms; emphasis on the cyanobacteria (blue-greens) with Shirley French and Queen’s students, Allen Tian & Eden Hataley.  You may have noticed worrisome ‘algae’ blooms in our surrounding waterways over the past several years, they have also been in the news. The concern is; when is it safe to swim in a lake or let our pets drink the water?  Is that bloom producing a toxin?  That last question can only be answered through more in-depth testing and the students will share some of their research findings on this topic.  In this workshop we will also cover the identification of 5-6 main types of cyanobacteria (blue-greens) that we can look for and some of the algae & cyanos that indicate healthy waterways.  For $18/person you get a Foldscope (pocket microscope & LED magnifier) for quick and easy viewing of bloom organisms. Cost is $8/person without a Foldscope. Registration is essential since there is space for 35 participants. Where: CRCA Outdoor Centre, West Hall, 1641 Perth Rd., Glenburnie.  Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm, March 31, 2020. When you register with shirleyfrenchka at gmail.com, let me know if you intend to take home a Foldscope.