Welcome to spring (we hope it’s really here when you get this) from the BLLA Board. If you have your Fall newsletter handy and compare the listings on page 2, you will see we have a new President, Evonne Potts, and a new Director, Heather Gregg. However, Nada Beamish and Joe Pater will be stepping down after the AGM. We appreciate their years of service to the Association and to this newsletter. As the “Come on Down” announcement later in the newsletter says, volunteers to sit on the Board are definitely welcome.
In 2018 and early 2019, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) added some 255 acres to the Loughborough Wilderness Reserve. This includes the 161-acre Bill Koen Estate property on North Shore Road, which includes a large area of the Loughborough Lake maple swamp, 80 acres on Ramparts Road on the south side of the lake and a donation of shoreline near the mouth of Fishing Lake Creek by Joe and Beth Pater. These additions, which bring the size of NCC’s protected area to over 4,000 acres, were made possible by the generous support of many contributors from the community including individuals from the Battersea Loughborough Lake Association.
Lake Trout is a rare species in Ontario and that means Lake Trout lakes are rare as well. Only about one percent of Ontario’s lakes contain Lake Trout, and this represents 20-25% of all Lake Trout lakes in the world (1). Loughborough Lake is lucky to have a healthy, naturally producing population in its West Basin. It is also stocked every year with cultured fingerlings through efforts of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, assisted side-by -side with members of our Lake Association.
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.