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APRIL 16, 2019 – On Saturday, May 11, Kawartha Conservation and the Kawartha Foundation are inviting families and individuals to help Mother Nature in Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area by planting endangered Butternut and companion trees.Meeting at the Devitts Road parking lot (4560 Devitts Rd Scugog, ON) at 10 a.m., the tree planting event will include planting nearly 300 Butternut and companion trees which will continue to help re-establish the endangered trees in the area.“This is a wonderful opportunity to not only visit Durham East Cross Forest, but to see some of the restoration work that is taking place…
April 12, 2019 – Have you been interested in birding? Or wondered what types of birds make their permanent and temporary home in the Kawartha Region? Join Kawartha Conservation’s Rob Stavinga for an educational and fun Introduction to Birding on Saturday, May 4 at Ken Reid Conservation Area.“The focus of the day will be introducing people to birding, or for people who are already avid birders, introducing them to eBird,” explained Mr. Stavinga. “I will be covering a variety of topics geared towards novice birders and those simply interested in how to find, spot and identify different birds that can…
APRIL 11, 2019 – A handful of citizen scientists are still needed for Pigeon Lake as well as for the north, east and south side of Cameron Lake for a water quality project this summer.Volunteer citizen scientists will need to take samples and record the information once per month for a total of four samples during the summer months. All of the training and materials will be provided to the volunteers, and each volunteer will also be provided with a copy of the findings from the data collected at the end of the three year study.Debbie Balika, Water Quality Specialist…
APRIL 9, 2019 – The sounds and sights of spring migration are in full flight at Ken Reid Conservation Area as song birds and waterfowl begin their long journey north. “We’re extremely fortunate at Ken Reid to have a diverse environment which supports a variety of birds and waterfowl species,” explained Watershed Resources Technician, Rob Stavinga. “The Provincially Significant McLaren Marsh as well as the shallow bay areas of Sturgeon Lake are home to dozens of species of ducks, loons, geese, swans, osprey and more, while the inland areas of the conservation area offer a host of bird viewing opportunities…
APRIL 10, 2019 – Each spring many lakefront property owners experience a natural phenomenon known as ‘ice heaving’ or ‘ice jacking’. Winter can result in substantial changes to the shoreline of the lakes in our watershed. Ice can push mud, clay, soil, and rock from the bottom of the lake and from along the shoreline up onto the land, often resulting in large ridges or mounds. The mounds or ridges are referred to as “ice ridges”, “ice pushes”, or “ramparts”. But how do these ice ridges occur and what causes them? Ice on the lake expands naturally when temperatures increase,…
April 1, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s Board of Directors unanimously supported and endorsed two lake management plans during their Board meeting on Thursday, March 28. The Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan as well as the Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan will now help guide future decision-making and actions on the lakes. “These plans have been put together through a lot of time, effort, consultation and feedback from a broad cross section of residents, science and technical backgrounds, local shoreline and watershed residents and other stakeholders,” said Kawartha Conservation Board Chair Ted Smith. “We are proud of…
APRIL 4, 2019 - While there are currently no active flood messages in place for our area, it is important to exercise caution around ALL waterbodies, creeks, streams and water structures such as culvers, bridges and dams.  Ground is still saturated, what makes riverbanks and shorelines extremely soft and unsafe.  As weather forecast predicts some rain, those conditions will continue. Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes.   WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - WATER SAFETYDATE:                   April 1, 2019TIME:                   10:00 a.m. Message sent on the basis of information received…
MARCH 19, 2019 – Join Kawartha Conservation Watershed Resources Technician, and resident birding enthusiast, Rob Stavinga for an educational and insightful Owl Prowl at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Wednesday, April 3. “Ken Reid is a great place to come and explore birding and we are often frequented by a variety of owls including Barred Owls, Eastern Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls and more,” said Mr. Stavinga. “This fun, family event will be an opportunity to explore Ken Reid after dark while we try and locate some of the owls that make their home in the canopy.” Cost for the…
Friday, 15 March 2019 09:48

FLOOD WATCH

A FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction. A series of rain showers and thunderstorms have passed through southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, over the last 24 hours. Rain gauges across the watershed have recorded 5 to 15 mm of precipitation. Air temperature has reached as high 10°C, creating favourable conditions for snowmelt.  FLOOD WATCH DATE:    March 15, 2019TIME:    9:00 am                Message sent on the basis of information received from:•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network•    Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Surface Water Monitoring Centre•    Environment Canada•    Trent-Severn Waterway A FLOOD…
March 12, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation is looking for a group of committed citizen scientists and team leads who would like to take part in two water quality initiatives on Pigeon and Cameron Lakes this summer as part of year one of a three year study. The project will involve collecting water samples and taking water temperature readings once per month from the end of a dock or waterfront property from the end of May to August. “We are looking for lakefront property owners surrounding both Pigeon and Cameron Lakes who want to take part in collecting valuable data and…