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Blog posts and news releases related to conservation and natural areas.

July 26, 2019 – The daily parking rate at Ken Reid Conservation Area will increase to $4 effective August 6. Annual parking passes will remain unchanged at $75 plus HST ($60 plus HST for seniors). The increase was approved by the Board of Directors during Thursday’s Board meeting. “The increase in the daily parking rate is necessary to be able to continue to invest in the infrastructure, trails, off-leash dog park and programming at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” explained Kristie Virgoe, Director Stewardship and Conservation Lands.  “In the last three years alone, we have seen costs of maintaining the roadway…
July 22, 2019 – The public is invited to attend four public consultation sessions to provide input on the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan.Once complete, the Master Plan will guide the management, operation and development of Ken Reid Conservation Area. “We have had a great response to our online survey, and the in-person, public consultation will be another part of the process to get as much feedback and interaction from the public and conservation area users as possible,” explained Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources Strategist. The four public consultation sessions will be held on July 30, August 7, August 11…
June 25, 2019 – When was the last time you explored the forest; the smell of fresh rain gently falling on the forest floor or the magical rays of sunlight peeking through the canopy, the sight of a rabbit hopping across the trail in front of you or and the sounds of the early morning bird calls will awaken your senses. On one trail, you might experience the rich pine scent that lingers in the air as the Blue Jay calls from somewhere inside an old white pine’s boughs.  On another, you will be treated to the sight of a…
June 24, 2019 – There is still time to offer your feedback on the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan and help determine the future direction of the popular conservation area. “We have had a tremendous response to our survey and thank everyone who has taken the time to respond and offer their input,” said Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources Strategist. “Getting as much feedback from the community and Ken Reid users is integral to putting forward a long-term plan that we can all be proud of and be excited about.” The existing Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan was first…
June 3, 2019 – Ken Reid Conservation Area is a jewel among local conservation areas and hiking destinations. Featuring an off-leash dog park, accessible trails, boardwalks and a viewing platform overlooking the provincially-significant McLaren Marsh, Ken Reid attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. As use of the conservation area continues to increase and the demographics and user groups continue to change, Kawartha Conservation is undertaking an extensive community consultation to help form the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan. “Kawartha Conservation first established a Master Plan for Ken Reid Conservation Area in 1983,” explained Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources…
MAY 21, 2019 – Are you a parent, grandparent, new parent, caregiver or educator? Kawartha Conservation has a number of programs designed to educate and inspire children, while promoting a healthy love for nature.“Ken Reid Conservation Area provides a great backdrop for a number of our programs, classes and camps,” explained Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist Nancy Aspden. “With our Outdoor Education Centre, trails, viewing platforms and our friendly, knowledgeable staff, Ken Reid is a fantastic place for kids to explore and enjoy.”Programming ranges from a Parent & Tot program for 2 to 4 year olds on Thursday mornings to Nature…
MAY 21, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s popular guided walks for seniors are returning for 2019.Beginning Tuesday, May 28, Kawartha Conservation is once again launching its popular program for seniors looking to connect with nature.The Senior’s Walking in Nature (WIN) program will run Tuesday’s from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning May 28. Walks will be held at Ken Reid Conservation Area.Nature is a wonderful place to recharge and the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of spending time in nature are vast, including reduced stress, improved immune system functioning, and improved mood.  Deepening our relationship with nature has other benefits as…
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 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…
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