Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to Ontario’s biodiversity and the health of our lakes, forests, and wetlands. In 1992, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, established the Invading Species Awareness Program to address the critical threat that invasive species pose. Visit their website to learn more about invasive species in our area at http://www.invadingspecies.com.
Giant Hogweed: One such invasive species found in this area is the Giant Hogweed. Visit Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program or the MNR website on Giant Hogweed.
Blastomycosis - What is it and why should you be concerned.
A member has just had her dog diagnosed with this rare but potentially fatal fungal infection. Blastomycosis is caused by a pathogen found most of the time in moist soil, wooded areas, vegetation or bodies of water. Sometimes the spores can be found in dry soil which has just been disturbed. A dog digging in the dirt can release the spores which when released into the air can be inhaled by dogs or people thereby infecting them. The disease can affect humans and animals. The symptoms and illness can be extremely variable.
For more information regarding signs, symptoms and treatment, please google Blastomycosis.