A group of residents have been recording loon sitings on Otty Lake. Observations are being compiled on a Google map in order to determine the number of nesting loons and their reproductive success (babies!) for the 2016 season. The findings will be summarized for the newsletter and submitted to Bird Studies Canada as part of their "Loon Survey". Anyone interested in contributing regular observations is invited to contact Kyla at email@example.com. In particular, the group is in need of anyone who can regularly make observations at the south end of the lake (Otty Lake SW Shore Road/Jessup/Blair Poole Lane area). Check the map periodically for updates!
A selection of wildflowers, shrubs and bareroot trees are being offered this year in support of shoreline naturalization. Plants available to waterfront property owners, as well as a subsidy to OLA members. Pick up day will be Sat. June 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 126 Sutcliffe Lane. Contact Evelyn Dore or Gail Read for further details.
Due to extremely dry weather conditions there is a new burn ban in effect for Drummond/North Elmsley Township and Tay Valley Township with the exception of small campfires supervised at all times. Residents should take extreme caution when burning. All other burning is prohibited
Any questions should be directed to the DNE Tay Valley Fire Rescue at 613-267-2596.
"At Home in Tay Valley" is an anthology of tales, family recollections and special memories of those who know it best – the people of Tay Valley. Burnstown Publishing House, together with Tay Valley Township, published a limited number of copies of the book, edited by Kay Rogers. Get your copy at the Tay Valley Township office, Balderson Cheese, Blackwood Originals, Shadowfax, the Perth Museum, the Book Nook, the Book Worm, the Riverguild, or the Village Green. Proceeds from the sale of "At Home in Tay Valley" will be directed to an annual scholarship fund.
May 27, 2016: We are in the final editing stages of "Our Table To Yours (OTTY)", our anniversary collection of recipes, anecdotes, historical tidbits and photos from the Otty Lake community. Books will be available in time for our July 9th AGM, so bring $10 with you! If you can't make it that day, these Perth businesss have offered to sell them for us: Cafe Bean, Image InterAlia, The Book Nook, Foodsmiths and at the Oliver's Mapleworks stand at the Perth Farmers' Market on Saturdays. But not until July 9th!
Come out for some family fun at Maple Glen Waterfront Park, from 10:30 to 1:00. This year Hugh Metcalfe, a falkonist, will be be bringing his female hawk and will tell us about her, the sport, the club, and the role of birds of prey in medieval times. 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!
That's the work day for Phase IV of the of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Project. Work will involve the placement of additional bass spawning beds and semi-submerged brush piles that will benefit amphibians, reptiles, water mammals, insect, water birds and other aquatic life. Contact Wally Robins to see how you can help.
Additional bird and bat nesting boxes are part of the plans for Phase IV of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project. Volunteers will be getting together to build the boxes sometime prior to September 8th, when they will be installed. if you would like one of these on your property, or would like to help with the construction session, please contact Christine Kilburn.
The Lanark County Stewardship Council is offering a workshop on wild parsnip, Saturday April 30, 9 – 12 at the Lanark Civitan Hall. This invasive plant has been spreading rapidly in Eastern Ontario. You’ll want to avoid it, as people coming in contact with the plant’s sap have developed severe skin irritations. Find out more and register online on their website.
Everyone is encouraged to lend a hand to clean up the rubbish that has reappeared along the roadsides now the snow has melted. If you would like to clean up your usual road or another one, please call Elizabeth at (613) 706-3562 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get your Pitch In bags. Don't forget to take some photos of your haul!
A summary of water quality results for 2015 is now available. This includes the E.coli, phosphorus, nitrogen and water clarity readings taken by OLA volunteers, as well as the phosphorus and dissolved oxygen measurements taken by RVCA through the Lake Partners program.
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.
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.
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 descriptionand 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.
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.
Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, until Mon. Oct. 10, 2016. 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 September 3, 2016, 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).