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Seeing nature from the water’s edge on annual Spring paddle

NATURE FROM THE WATER’S EDGE, ON AN MVFN PADDLE

The focus of  MVFN’s paddling program is to seeing, learning about, and enjoying nature,  from the water’s edge. On Sunday May 29th MVFN held their annual Spring Paddle, which took place this year on Crotch Lake. On this paddle the group also enjoyed an island lunch and a swim! Below is a brief report of the day by Mary Robinson and a list of birds seen or heard during the paddle, compiled by Mary. Also included below are a series of photographs taken by Howard Robinson. Upcoming paddle dates are shown on the CALENDAR OF EVENTS  on the MVFN website. 

MVFN Spring Paddle on Crotch Lake

MVFN’s first canoe/kayak outing in 2016 was held on Crotch Lake on Sunday, May 29th.  Ten paddlers, four canoes and two kayaks launched on the north shore of the lake near the Crotch Lake camping entrance.  Since it was a glorious sunny day, it was not surprising to see many other people, including a scout troop, enjoying the campsites and the lake activities. Led by Cliff Bennett, our group followed the shore-line, all the while viewing nature from the water and the list of the bird species seen or heard from the water’s edge follows. One interesting sighting was the decaying body of a moose which most likely fell through the ice during the winter-time.  Our lunch destination was a nearby island that was initially occupied by a flock of Canada Geese who obligingly vacated the island when we approached.  Several of our group enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lake before we headed back to our launch site and we all got off the lake as storm clouds approached. The Trout Hotel at Ompah proved to be a good spot for a drink and a chat to end a very enjoyable outing!

Mary Robinson

  1. Blue Jay
  2. Great-crested Flycatcher
  3. American Crow
  4. Turkey Vulture
  5. Song Sparrow
  6. Canada Goose
  7. Great Blue Heron
  8. Common Grackle
  9. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  10. Warbling Vireo
  11. Red-eyed Vireo
  12. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  13. Ovenbird
  14. Common Loon
  15. Ring-billed Gull
  16. Herring Gull
  17. American Robin
"By shield water- paddle to the west"  photo Howard Robinson

“By shield water- paddle to the east” photo Howard Robinson

Canada Geese. photo Howard Robinson

Canada Geese. photo Howard Robinson

photo Howard Robinson

photo Howard Robinson

 

 

Lunch Island landing. photo Howard Robinson

Lunch Island landing. photo Howard Robinson

A swim at lunch. photo Howard Robinson

A swim at lunch. photo Howard Robinson

 

Viewing nature from the water-what our MVFN paddles are all about. photo Howard Robinson

Viewing nature from the water-what our MVFN paddles are all about. photo Howard Robinson

Floating moose carcass. Photo Howard Robinson

Floating moose carcass. Photo Howard Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Other Canoe Journeys- North Crotch Lake

North Crotch Lake

This newly described route suggestion is not included in MVFN’s first edition Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys

How to Get There: From Perth, take Hwy. 511 to County Rd. 16 north of Hopetown. Go west on # 16 through Lavant to County Rd. 509. Go north on #509 to village of Ompah. Just before the fire hall, turn south on South Bush Road to the boat launch on Crotch Lake.

The Launch Site: There are two sites, past the rapids.

The Paddle: Take your pick, according to winds. Many bays, also wetland creeks at end of bays. This is all Crown land. Many picnic sites.

Watch For: Many camping places available by permit. For camping information www.northfrontenacparklands.ca.

Seasonal Information: Good until freeze-up

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MVC: Fisheries Survey

Like to fish? Whether you are constantly searching for that elusive trophy or just taking the family out for a fun day of fishing, your observations and experiences are important to us.

Mississippi Valley Conservation (MVC) has partnered with Queen’s University in a research project titled “Fish, Fisheries, and Water Resources: Adapting to Ontario’s Changing Climate”, and invites you to contribute to this groundbreaking work by completing a survey. Results from this research will allow us to gauge past, present, and future resource use, and to make recommendations that will take into consideration social and economic concerns of resource users in relation to local climate change and adaptation. Working closely with resource users and having a better understanding of their willingness to adapt will enable us to provide sound scientific recommendations and management strategies.

We urge you to take some time and contribute your knowledge to this vital initiative; your participation is important to its success. By submitting your completed survey, you could win a two night stay for four at Tumblehome Lodge on Crotch Lake,.

The survey can be accessed at www.mvc.on.ca/program/Survey.html. A hard copy can be picked up at MVC’s Lanark office on Hwy. 511, or mailed to you by contacting Lucian Marcogliese by e-mail at , or by phone at (613) 961-1529.

Funded by Natural Resources Canada, the fisheries survey is one of four subcomponents of the larger Climate Change and Adaptation project which is currently underway.

The study of fish and water resources is an important component of MVC’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Through research and input from multiple stakeholders the plan will identify how we can best respond to our changing local climate. Working with our many partners, MVC will work towards the continued health of the watershed by exploring and developing responsive, integrated resource management solutions.

For more information on the survey or MVC’s climate change adaptation project please contact project coordinator Jackie Oblak at . or visit our website at www.mvc.on.ca.

Nicole Guthrie
Community Relations Coordinator
Mississippi Valley Conservation

4175 Hwy.511, RR#2
Lanark, Ontario K0G 1K0
t. 613.259.2421 ext.225 f. 613.259.3468
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