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This newsletter was sent on March 23rd, 2020.

Welcome to the Gosling Gazette - your new source of watershed information and entertainment!

Welcome to spring! In difficult times, it is more important than ever to keep our community connections strong. We at Ottawa Riverkeeper want to play our part, and we hope this revamped newsletter will help do that for the thousands of river-lovers like you in our watershed.

So why the new moniker? First, because the geese are coming back! Their familiar honks are encouraging signs that spring is just around the corner. After all, nature is not cancelled and we should seek solace in its beauty.

Second, because geese take good care of their young. We know that many of you are juggling extra responsibilities, including childcare, and we will do our best to provide some river-related resources to help out.

Finally, and most importantly, because geese fly further together, as a group. We have said it many times before: it takes a watershed to protect a river, and we are so inspired and motivated by this community!

Please don't hesitate to give us a honk - our entire team remains accessible by email and other virtual means.  
In the spirit of building our communities and pulling together, we are pleased to announce that we are joining forces with other great organisations across the region to share environmental content, activities, and inspiration. We look forward to this virtual gathering of tens of thousands of environmental enthusiasts like you, and we trust you will agree that we are stronger together!

Monday, March 23

World Water Day Watermarks

Time: All day!
Organization: Ottawa Riverkeeper
Language: French and/or English
Description: Happy belated World Water Day! At Ottawa Riverkeeper, we believe water is worth celebrating and what better way than to have our Ottawa River watershed community tell us about their connections to water? As such, we want to hear about your Watermarks today!

What is a Watermark?
A Watermark is a true story about you and a body of water. Your story can be a memory, experience or moment about a time you connected with a body of water.

How do I make my Watermark?
Step 1
: Create your Watermark here by sharing a memory,  experience or moment when you connected with a body of water in our region. Make sure to mention that you heard about the Watermark Project from Ottawa Riverkeeper in the description so that we can see your submission!

Step 2: If you would like to record a video Watermark, email a 1 minute video to along with the name of the waterbody you are speaking about. Check out some of the Watermarks our amazing Youth Water Leaders have created!

Your Watermark serves as a reminder of how we are all connected to and depend on water! In advance, thank you for sharing your story and happy belated World Water Day!

Wednesday, March 25

Educational webinar on environmentally friendly parking lots

Time: 9:00-11:00 am
Organization: CREDDO
Language: French
Description: Cheaper, more pleasant and better integrated, the parking lots of tomorrow have the unexpected power to help reduce flood risks, heat islands, and traffic. Come learn about 30 innovative and easy to implement proposals to transform parking lots into infrastructure to adapt to climate changes.
Find out more!

Ask Your Riverkeeper!

Is there anything that you have always wanted to know about your watershed? How long does a sturgeon live? When must we remove ice fishing huts? If you have any questions concerning our beautiful waterways and the life that abounds in them, we want to hear from you!

In next week’s issue of the Gosling Gazette, your Riverkeeper, Elizabeth Logue, will be answering questions from passionate river-lovers like you! In order to be considered, reply to this email with:
  1. Your question
  2. Your name
  3. What part of the watershed you are from
Stay tuned for your Riverkeeper’s responses!
Each week we will feature a new interactive online experience for you and your family to enjoy! Learn about our watershed, protect your river, and have fun!

Species-at-Risk Memory Game

Our physical Learning Library may not be active, by why not experience one of our activities online? We’ve created a digital version of our Species-at-Risk Memory Game! It features amazing art from Youth Water Leader Rachel Balderson.

Plus, after you play, scroll down to learn more about each of the endangered species in the game.
Finally, before we sign off, we want to encourage you to go and enjoy our watershed! While we can't mingle with one another, that doesn’t mean we have to stay locked up the whole time.

Because you know what isn’t cancelled? NATURE! 

If you take a stroll along the river this week, snag a picture and tag us on social media with the hashtag #natureisnotcancelled!
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