June 2010

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Sunday, August 8, 2010 at the Bedford Hall, 1381 Westport Road. A light lunch will be served at Noon with the meeting starting at 1:00 PM. We expect to have displays that are pertinent to lakefront property owners.

Waste Management

An open letter on the subject of waste management from David Hahn, Councillor, Bedford District (Word Document, 29 KB) is available for download.

Drinking Water Source Protection

After the tragedy of Walkerton in 2000 the Ontario Government started an initiative to protect all drinking water in the Province of Ontario.

Why should we, on Bobs and Crow Lakes be concerned and how does it affect us? Even though most of us have wells the town of Perth takes their drinking water directly from the Tay River. Those who live along the Tay and in the town of Perth think of Bobs and Crow Lakes as a large reservoir for the Tay River. Our lakes do feed the Tay River and although we are not that near Perth the quality of our water does have an impact on drinking water.

The Mississippi Valley and Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities along with local experts and concerned citizens are part of a committee making recommendations to the province. They have been holding public consultations to ensure concerned residents and other parties are given the chance to understand the process and to voice any opinions and concerns.

Specific Intake Protection Zones (IPZ) are categorized by the time it takes for water flowing in the Tay River to reach the intake point of drinking water for the town of Perth is as follows;

  • Zone 1 – Immediate
  • Zone 2 – Two (2) hours to reach the intake point
  • Zone 3 – Three (3) plus hours to reach the intake point

Bobs and Crow Lakes are considered to be in Zone 3.

Many factors determine the zones such as; distance from the intake point, percent of land along the “route”, permeability of the land and slope.

The timing of the findings and reports are;

  1. Draft Assessment Report – June 2010
  2. Report to the Ontario Government – September 2010
  3. Final Plans – August 2012

For further information you can contact Sommer Casgrain-Robertson at sommer.robertson@mrsourcewater.ca or go the website at www.mrsourcewater.ca

Colour breast marking of Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes

Loggerhead shrikes are declining across much of their range. In Canada, the Eastern subspecies is considered critically endangered, with less than 35 pairs found in 2009. The vast majority of pairs now breed in Ontario. An extremely active and multi-faceted recovery program is underway for this species in Ontario, including a captive breeding and release program. This program has been releasing approximately 100 shrikes annually since 2006. To maximise our chances of spotting these shrikes after release we will be colouring the breast of released birds, in an effort to make them more detectable by birders. Birds will be released May through August. Birds will have an extensive area of their breast or belly coloured. Colours that may be used include green, blue and purple. All released birds, and a large proportion of the wild population, are also colour banded. If you see a shrike with a coloured breast and/or wearing bands, please report it to Wildlife Preservation Canada at (email) jessica@wildlifepreservation.ca, (phone) 519-836-9314 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 519-836-9314 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or (fax) 519-836-8840. We will need details about specific location (GPS coordinates are ideal, but not essential) and any colour (s) (breast and/or bands) seen. Thank you for your assistance.

Tara Imlay
Grassland Bird Survey Coordinator
Wildlife Preservation Canada
RR#5 5420 Highway 6 North,
Guelph ON N1H 6J2
Tel: 519-836-9314
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Fax: 519-836-8840