Want to know how you as an individual can contribute to our collective knowledge of the natural world? There are loads of opportunities for you to participate by sharing your observations of bats, birds, snow, invasive species, butterflies, worms, turtles and more. The Lake Links team put together this list of Ontario programs in preparation for this year's annual workshop.
The “Lake Protection Workbook: A Self-Assessment Tool for Shoreline Property Owners” is designed for you to self-assess whether activities and uses on your property are protecting Otty Lake. Your property is important to the overall health of our lake - every action matters. For a printed copy of this workbook, contact [email protected].
Take a look a the October 2019 edition of Captain Otty's Log. Gypsy moths, butterfly tagging, a loon report and lake protection are some of the topics. Past issues are always available online on the newsletter page of this website. Photo by Terry Crabe.
A great day of sharing, learning and networking! This year's theme is the important role of Citizen Science and how you can get involved. Kat Kavanagh, from Water Rangers, will be Lake Links 2019’s keynote speaker. Register by contacting https://watersheds.ca/lakelinks2019 or Melissa Dakers at [email protected], or by calling 613 264-1244.
There are lots of new faces and responsibilities at the board table! Krista Hearty McLean will take over as President and Kyla Haley will be Vice President. Christine Kilburn continues as Treasurer, Jacquie Mallory as Recording and Board Secretary, and Monika Savage as Communications Sectretary. New directors include Linda Cuthbertson, Kristen Brouse and Kevin Terrion. What a great team! Thanks to Reid Kiburn, now Past President (pictured here) , for leading the group so admirably the past four years.
This quick summary from John Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Centre tells you what you need to know about tick removal, how to recognize the Lyme Disease rash, and how Lyme disease is diagnosed.
Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, from the Sat. May 18, 2019 until the Thanksgiving Day Weekend. 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. from May 18, 2019 until August 31, 2019, and is available to residents of certain Lanark County municipalities. These are Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Beckwith, Smiths Falls, Perth, Montague and Drummond North Elmsley ONLY.
This 28 page guide "offers you background information and advice on ways to make the most of your shoreline property while living in balance with your lake’s fragile ecosystem." There are sections on shorelines, docks, low impact recreation, animal proofing, aquatic plants and lots of other issues every lake front deweller shoudl be aware of.
Wondering what the new Ontario budget means for lake property owners? See this open letter from Terry Rees, Executive Director of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA). Flood prevention, forest fire fighting, invasive species programs, public health and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks are a few of the areas facing budget cuts.
The RVCA produces individual reports for the 14 catchments in the Tay River subwatershed. These reports are produced every six years using data collected by the RVCA through its programs as well as local information provided by stakeholders. Otty Lake Association representatives were given the opportunity to review the report before its release.
The RVCA issues periodic Watershed Conditions Statements. You can access these statements on the RVCA website or sign up to be mailed updates. The April 15 message said in part: "The heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday, with amounts up to 40 mm, is causing the water levels to increase in all waterways across the Rideau Valley Watershed....This watershed conditions statement is in effect until Thursday April 18, 2019 and will be updated at that time unless the forecast or conditions change."
Elevated radon levels have been found in homes in every region of the country. Long term exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The only way to know for sure is to test for radon.
We had a terrific response, with about 90 interested residents attending the evening presentation a the Perth Pool. Thanks to our guest speakers: Manual Husain, Health Canada Regional Radiation Specialist and Bob Wood, Radiation Mitigation Specialist with Mr. Radon, who also provided five free Radonova long term home radon test kits.
This is our fifth annual report summarizing the condition of our lake and the environmental activities that have been completed on Otty this summer. Otty Lake is quite healthy, we hope in part due to our combined efforts to protect and enhance the lake environment. Thanks to all who contributed.
This presentation by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit was given to the Lake Networking Group in mid April 2018.
Here are some important tips about Lyme Disease from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, as welll as some common myths. Here's one: Myth: All Lyme victims develop a “bull’s eye” rash. Truth: Although rashes are fairly common, only 30% of Lyme patients report experiencing a rash, and only 9% develop the classic “bull’s eye” rash.
If people, pets or livestock are in immediate danger.
The Bear Wise reporting line (between April 1 and November 30). A bear passing by, in a tree, breaking into garbage, emptying bird feeders etc.
From Dec 1 to March 31, contact your local MNRF District office. The Kemptville office is (613) 258-8204.
Bears Bears are frequently seen in the Otty Lake watershed, and can peacefully coexist with residents. Educate yourself on their behaviour in case you encounter one. Bears are attracted to food of any kind, so be careful how you deal with garbage, fruit trees, barbeques and bird feeders. Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare. If you have questions or feel a bear has become a nuisance on your property, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Bear Wise hotline at 1-866-514-2327.
Some of the original Otty Lake cottages are mentioned in this newspaper piece by Kay Rogers. It comes from her book 'At Home in Tay Valley,' that celebrates the people, places and events in the history of Tay Valley Township and Lanark County.
Protect your property by reviewing these security tips for seasonal and permanent residents:
The Pike Lake Community Association (PLCA) compiled this list of security tips following a meeting of the Lake Networking Group and the OPP earlier this fall. Thanks to the PLCA for sharing!
FOCA suggests marking your personal items, recording serial numbers, and making a list of what you have left at the cottage in their Cottage Closing Tips.
This OPP Security Guard Tip sheet is relevant to seasonal and permanent residents alike.
A pair of small mouth bass spawning on one of the installed spawning beds from the Otty Lake fish and wildlife enhancement project. For additional photos, see our photo gallery.
Find out more about the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project on the RVCA's Otty Lake web page.