The Battersea Loughborough Lake Association (BLLA) has prepared a short survey to gather feedback from you, our members and residents of the lake to learn about lake-related priorities and how the board can best fulfill its mandate to preserve and protect the area.
An urgent message from the David Suzuki Foundation: “The Government of Ontario has set its sights on “improving” Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, posting a discussion paper on the Environmental Registry. However, the paper makes it clear that the province’s primary objective in revisiting the act is not to ensure efficient recovery for Ontario’s at-risk species but, rather, to find even more efficiencies for industries that want to operate where these animals and plants live.”
It is bitter cold out in the Loughborough Wilderness in mid-winter. Deer are roaming outside their normal confines of the woods to get their hoofs on the last remaining patches of grass and roughage from last season, buried deep under the snow. They pillage the juniper bushes on the islands and lakeshore at night for a few remaining leafs, reducing some to stalks that will regenerate in spring.
Please choose to support the lake by designating a gift to a land purchase on Loughborough via our partner Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Nature Conservancy is very active in protecting the lands around our lake because they are so special. You might be surprised to learn that the Frontenac Arch that starts on North Shore of our lake is the third most biodiverse (read: best nature) area in Canada! So rather than accepting a material birthday gift this year, give the gift of nature.
Everyone knows about Nessie, the lake monster of legend purported to inhabit Loch Ness, a lake in Scotland with a topography similar to Loughborough Lake. Over the many decades of sightings, various explanations have been put forth regarding the origin of this mysterious lake monster. The most popular, no doubt, is that Nessie is one of the last remaining Plesiosaurus, a lake dinosaur that was presumed extinct over 66 million years ago.
In August 2017, over a period of nine days, MNRF’s Science and Research branch conducted the first ever Broad-Scale Netting program on the lake. The results were shared with you in the fall 2017 newsletter. Analysis of zooplankton in the lake took longer and Joel Clarke, a technician with MNRF, recently sent the results.
Since 2015, the Lake Association has actively partnered with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to assist with stocking the west basin with Manitou Lake Trout fingerlings provided by the White Fish Lake Culture Station. This endeavor has grown in scope to allow 15,000 trout to be released in under two hours for each of the past two years. In addition, two boats, full of students from the Queen’s University Biology Department, have joined us. This year’s stocking event, which was held on May 17 th in beautiful sunny conditions, concluded with MNRF providing a barbeque lunch for all of the volunteers.