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9th Annual Biosphere Raffle 

The 9th Annual Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association Raffle is currently running, with the draw to be held on Nov 14th at 8:00 pm at the Municipality Office 56 Lindsay Rd 5 in Lions Head. Tickets are only $10 and all proceeds go towards projects like Bayside Astronomy, water quality testing and other public outreach and educational initiatives in the Northern Bruce.
The prizes this year are spectacular, with the grand prize of a $500 VISA gift card. Second prize is a 48 X36" color print on canvas captured by Mike Campbell of the BPBA entitled Summers End (a scenic photo of Muskoka chairs against the rolling waves of Lake Huron). Third prize is a limited edition color linocut by local artist Stuart Burgess called Raven's Eye. Fourth prize is a Meade Lighbridge Mini 114mm Telescope which is perfect for the beginner astronomer to enjoy the dark skies that we have on the Bruce Peninsula (some of the darkest in Ontario). Fifth prize is an original turquoise necklace, ring and earrings by Susan Skaith. Finally sixth prize is 2 Eco Adventure Tour Gift Certificates.
Only 600 tickets have been printed so your odds of winning are great! You do not have to be in attendance on Nov 14 to win.
Tickets are available at the Grand Fondo and at various local vendors such as Solways Market in Wiarton, Foodland, Wilson's Hardware, Garden in Thyme and the Dandy Lion in Lions Head and the FDI in Ferndale. 


Biosphere Association’s 2020 Fundraising Calendar Available


Renowned photographer Ethan Meleg has partnered with the BPBA to produce a beautiful 2020 calendar – available now. (hyperlink here to order page). All proceeds from calendar sales will be used on Biosphere Association programs.


Calendars are being sold at a dozen supporting retailers from Tobermory down the length of the Bruce Peninsula to Owen Sound. They are available while supplies last in Tobermory at North Point and Readers Haven, in Ferndale at the Ferndale Drive In, in Lions Head at Molly’s Garden in Thyme, Home Hardware, Aunt Donkeys Toy Store, Foodland and the IDA Pharmacy. Near Wiarton, pick one up at Solways on highway 6 or the Water View Resort on Grey Rd 1. Foto Art In Owen Sound also has calendars. The price - Only $ 20.


Asked about working with the BPBA for 2020, Ethan commented that “the Biosphere Association does hands-on work to protect peninsula ecosystems. They plant trees along streams, replant forests, remove invasive phragmites from wetlands and shorelines, monitor water quality and forest health, and they offer dark sky activities to inspire an appreciation of the star-filled skies we look up at”.


Ethan remarked that he approached BPBA about the calendar fundraiser for all of the above reasons. “ They're a hard-working group and they do important things to protect this amazing area. They're worth supporting or joining as a volunteer. “


A number of the striking photos in the calendar reflect the fragility of the bio diversity that draw people to the Bruce. Here is a sample - 

01JANBPNP Winter Grotto EMELEG A10I601602FEBWhitetailed Deer Odocoilus virginiana EMELEG EM 6756

03MARBPNP Winter IHCove area EMELEG A10I590905MAYScarlerTanager Piranga olivace EMELEG EM 6134

09SEPT and COVERFlowerpotIs FFNMP EMELEG 663710OCTWaterfall OS WeaversCk EMELEG 0103156



The Biosphere Association is deeply appreciative of Ethan’s collaboration and of the Tobermory Press in helping produce the calendar. Get a few soon to get your holiday shopping started!


We can ship one calendar or more out to you. You can conveniently pay by e-Transfer. Please call: 519-377-5166 to arrange details.


1 calendar = $20 + $3 shipping = $23 total

2 or more calendars = $20 each (free shipping to same address)

Fees are in Canadian Dollars (CAD)