On 17 October 2017, the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) will host an Another Drop Lecture on “The Garden and the Marsh: The Fascinating Story of Cootes Paradise”. This lecture will be presented by Dr David A. Galbraith, Head of Science at Ontario’s Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), and Adjunct Professor of biology at McMaster University.
Although a natural feature, Cootes Paradise Marsh — located at the western end of Lake Ontario — has historically been shaped by human activities, from the gathering of natural resources by indigenous peoples to industrialisation in the 19th century. Awareness of its fragility led to the creation of RBG in the 1920s. Since the 1940s, RBG has led efforts to address the ecosystem stressors in Cootes Paradise, including the opening of the Cootes Paradise Fishway in 1997.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Fishway, this lecture will explore the history of Cootes Paradise Marsh, and examine the trends and potential for further restoration.
For more information on the lecture, see the event announcement on the UNU-INWEH website.