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Dr. Cathy Charles Stay-at-home Spring Bird Count, weekend of May 9


Normally we host our bird counts at Marsh's Fall.  Due to COVID we are adapting it to be a stay-at-home count.  Please join us!  We guarantee that you will find this a fun and rewarding activity. 

Here's how it works:
Morning time is best. Have your camera, binoculars (and coffee) at the ready. Look out your window or walk your property.  Below is a list of birds you may see, with a link to help you identify them.  Watch,  listen and document.  Send your list to info@lakeofbaysheritage.ca. Include your general location (lake, bay name, road, town, city). If you are unsure of what you saw, feel free to send us pictures (or sound recordings) and we will try to identify the birds.  We will tally the results and submit the local data to eBirds, a citizen science website used throughout the world to track birds, and post a summary on Facebook.


Birds to look out for:
Check them out on Cornell University All About Birds

Eastern Bluebird
Black-capped Chickadee
Ring-necked Duck
Wood Duck
Northern Flicker
American Goldfinch
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Great Blue Heron
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Blue Jay
Dark-eyed Junco
Common Loon
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Eastern Phoebe
American Robin
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Red-eyed Vireo
Ovenbird (Warbler)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

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The wherever-you-are butterfly, damselfly & dragonfly challenge, July 11 weekend

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we are unable to have public participation for our annual Marsh's Falls count. Following on the success of our stay-at-home bird count, we invite you and your family to join us for our wherever-you-are butterfly, dragonfly and damselfly challenge on the weekend of July 11.  

Here's how it works:
Morning time is best.  List the species you see, whether you see just one or a few. If you don’t know the species, check the identification guide here, or send us your photos and we’ll do our best to make an identification. 

These insects are all very sensitive to movement. If you see one land in front of you take a photo from where you stand before cautiously approaching for a better vantage. In identifying damselflies and dragonflies it is useful to have photos of the top, side and face for identification. With butterflies the underside of the wing can be as important for identification as the top side. Try to get photos of the butterfly with its wings open and closed.
Send your photos or a list of your sightings, along with your location, to info@lakeofbaysheritage.ca. We will tally the results and send a weekend summary to our members.

You could also submit your photos to https://www.inaturalist.org/places/canada

Two excellent guidebooks are available: 
The ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario by Peter Hall
Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park by Colin Jones

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Our Results
  • Acquired over 50 per cent of the Lower Oxtongue River for permanent protection, including 6.5 km of shoreline.
  • Preserved one mile of natural shoreline and 47-acres of forest at Port Cunnington.
  • Partnered with the Ontario Heritage Trust to be the steward of the 100-acre Pyke property near Brown's Brae.
  • Recognized more than 30 building owners with plaques for heritage property protection.
  • Encouraged the Township to create a Heritage Committee of Council to encourage protection.
  • Rescued the Bigwin ferry from a sunken mooring in 1991 and conducted feasibility studies to transfer to the current Navigation Society for restoration.
  • Established the Harriet T. Weaver Memorial Trust which funds two bursaries each year to assist one student from each of Bracebridge and Huntsville high schools to help pay for their first year of university or college.
Dr. Cathy Charles Stay-at-home Spring Bird Count, weekend of May 9
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The wherever-you-are butterfly, damselfly & dragonfly challenge, July 11 weekend
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Annual General Meeting of Members - by Zoom, Wednesday August 19 5:00pm
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Contact Us

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 81
Baysville, Ontario
P0B 1A0