Every year between December 14 and January 5, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Western Hemisphere help monitor populations of wintering birds – including more than 10,000 Canadian birders at over 450 count circles. Visit Bird Studies Canada’s website to find one of several area counts. If you’d like to set up a new count in your community, contact Canadian Christmas Bird Count coordinator Mike Burrell at email@example.com. Read al summary of last season’s Christmas Bird Count in Canada on Bird Studies Canada’s website. For regional summaries, visit the Audubon website.
"Our Table To Yours (OTTY)" is the working title of a cookbook planned to mark several special anniversaries in 2016, including the 40th anniversary of the OLA. We are encouraging the submission of recipes, anecdotes and historical tidbits and photos from the Otty Lake community. Please make your submission by January 31st. The book will be available by the July 9th AGM, tentative price $10. If you'd like to help us create the project, contact Cathy, (613) 552-6359.
This document summarizes the monitoring and environmental programs that were conducted on Otty Lake in 2015 and evaluates the overall health of the Otty Lake environment. This is the second year this summary has been completed.
If you wish further information, please contact Derek Smith. If necessary, he will direct you to a particular contributor.
Community Partners, Lake Dwellers and Users are invited to a free workshop, “How to Keep our Lakes Healthy” from 9:00 –12 noon on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Almonte Civitan Hall. Learn how to protect the water quality in our lakes and rivers as communities continue to grow and develop. Sharyn Inward of Green Communities Canada will describe the RAIN program and how to manage storm water to protect water quality, and Dr. Jesse Vermaire of Carleton University will discuss the Algae and Aquatic Vegetation Study that is underway.
Starting January 1st, 2016 Tay Valley Township will be implementing the use of clear garbage bags for household garbage. Additionally, the allotted number of bag tags will decrease from 40 to 30 for 2016 and 30 to 20 for 2017. Clear bags will maximize recycling efforts and minimize the disposal of recyclable and hazardous materials into the Township’s waste sites.
See our fall newsletter to read about: summer activities at the lake, Phase III of the Fish And Wildlife Enhancement Project, our new board, what FOCA is doing for you, why we aren't hearing about purple loosestrife invasion anymore, and various initiatives to keep Otty Lake healthy. If there is something you'd like to hear about in future editions, let us know!
Duck, swallow and bat boxes are part of the plans for Phase III of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project. Volunteers recently got together to build duck and swallow boxes. Bat boxes will be built another day! If you would like one of these on your property, or would like to help with another construction session, please contact Jennifer Lamoureux of the RVCA.
EASTERN ONTARIO, August 24, 2015 — Algae and aquatic plant observations can now be made on your smart phone. The People, Aquatic Plants and Healthy Lakes Project has just released an Android app for lake and river users to report any algae or aquatic plants that they observe on their waterbody. The Android app called Citizen Water Watch can be downloaded for free at the Google play store. App users will be asked to take a photo of what they are reporting, provide a description and the location of their observation.
A new OLA Board was elected at the July AGM. Reid Kilburn (right in photo) is our new President, making Robert Cosh our Past President. (left in photo). These positions remain the same: Cathy Kari, Vice-President; Christine Kilburn, Secretary; and Treasurer, Dave Bell. Special welcome to new directors Chuck Shenkman, Krista Hearty McLean, and Wally Robins. Returning directors are: Barb Hicks, Ian McDonald. Roger Nuttall, Gail Reid, Ann Scotton, Peter Siemons and Derek Smith. A big "thank you" to our retiring directors: Phil Anderson, Ginger Hay, Karen Hunt and Bill McLeish.
See this poster and pamphlet from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and be prepared. Lyme disease and the ticks responsible for its spread are established throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties. More tick references on our Environment Page.
Phase III of the of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Project will involve the placement of additional bass spawning beds, cornerstones at existing spawning beds, and brush piles for a wildlife, as well as wood duck, swallow and bat boxes. Contact Wally Robins of the OLA or , Jennifer Lamoureux at RVCA to see how you can help.
Come out for some family fun at Maple Glen Waterfront Park, from 11:00 to 1:30: a magic show by RyGuy Magic, family games and a BBQ. A $3 donation per person for the BBQ is suggested. Take the Otty Lake Side Road then turn left on Otty Way. See you there!
You’ll want to learn to recognize this plant, wild parsnip, which is spreading rapidly in Eastern Ontario. People coming in contact with the plant’s sap have developed severe skin irritations. This plant has a yellow umbrella-like top and saw tooth leaves. Wild parsnip can be controlled by pulling or digging, or by mowing if done at the right stage of its development. Wear protective clothing and be extremely cautious when handling it, and be wary of picking wild flowers.
A ten-year snapshot into boating and off-road incidents investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has revealed that capsized boats and lack of safety equipment have been the most common factors in fatal boating incidents, while alcohol leads the list of factors in off-road vehicle (ORV) incidents.
June 12, 2015 – For the first time since November, 2014, the precipitation indicators are all close to normal which means that the Rideau watershed is no longer in a drought. Flows in all watercourses have risen to above normal for the time of year and rain today and this evening bring the possibility that smaller streams could overflow their banks. Everyone should be cautious when near any size streams which will be flowing faster than they have since the spring freshet.
Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, until Thanksgiving. The site is available to all residents of Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley Township. The depot is open during all regular Middleville waste site hours: Monday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Drummond North Elmsley residents are entitled to use the HHWD on Patterson Cres. in Carleton Place. It is open Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. until August 29th, and is available to certain municipalities within Lanark County.
The condition of the Otty Lake shoreline directly impacts on the health of Otty Lake. The recently completed Otty Lake Shoreline Assessment Summary Report is a new resource that provides baseline data that will help in the planning of future Otty Lake shoreline stewardship activities. The Report is a lake-wide summary of the information gathered through the 2013 Love Your Lake surveying of 474 Otty Lake shoreline properties (totaling 93.3 % of the Otty Lake shoreline).
Expect a visit from your Area Counsellor some day soon with your summer information package. He or she is your contact point with the OLA, or can fill you in on OLA activities if your aren’t already a member. Current members can renew by passing their $20 OLA membership fee on through the counsellor. We still have a couple of openings for Area Counsellors if you would like to spend some time getting to know your Otty Lake neighbours. Contact Phil or Gail. Photo: Karen Hunt and Reid and Christine Kilburn assembling the packages.
If you get this inexpensive concoction brewing, you will have some ready to keep deer from munching away at your garden this spring. You just need some eggs and a sealable jug to get started.
RVCA's Shoreline Naturalization Program is working with landowners to plant 5,000+ healthy, native trees and shrubs along waterways this spring. These new plants will help protect water quality, reduce erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. Want to participate next year? Program staff will help you design your own individualized shoreline naturalization project. Custom planting plans, native plants and assistance with planting are all available to shoreline landowners. If you live in the Rideau Lakes area, you may qualify for a FREE project this year. Site visits begin in June. Contact Andrea for more information at ext. 1173 or andrea for more information at ext. 1173.
Tay Valley Township has announced the designation of an important tree in Maberly as the first to be recognized in the township’s new 200th Anniversary Legacy Tree Program. A heritage plaque will be placed at the site in a ceremony next summer.
The new Legacy Tree Program, one of the 200th Anniversary celebration activities, will recognize the role that trees and forestry played in this area’s early development. Trees that have a unique value, because of age, size, or significant historical or social importance to the community, will be designated and receive a certificate and, where appropriate, a plaque.