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Events

Dr. Cathy Charles Stay-at-home Spring Bird Count, weekend of May 9
05.09.20

 

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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Dragonfly & Butterfly Count at Marsh's Falls - July 11, 9:00am
07.11.20

Join Naturalist Ken Morrison of the Huntsville Nature Club for our annual count at Marsh's Falls.  The focus is on observation and learning about species as you stroll around the property. Last year we identified ten butterfly and twenty dragonfly and damselfly species.  Bring binoculars and camera. 9:00 start.  For more information, or to register, please contact us at registration@lakeofbaysheritage.ca

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Native Species Planting To Improve Songbird & Pollinator Habitat at Marsh's Falls - July 11, 10:30AM
07.11.20

We are well along the way to creating a more inviting habitat for songbirds and pollinators at Marsh's Falls. We did two plantings last year and will do two more this year.  The first one is July 11 at 10:30am, the second is October 10, 10:30am

If you are able to join us email registration@lakeofbaysheritage.ca.  We'll have the plants and seeds on site.  Refreshments too. Please bring a shovel and garden rake (not a fan rake) to scratch the earth for planting, and clean boots to avoid tracking in invasive species lurking in dry mud in boot treads. As a bonus, you will experience the Falls in all their splendour.

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Silent Boat Rally - An Ecotour of the Lower Oxtongue River - August 1, 9:00am-1:00pm
08.01.20

Bring your canoes, kayaks or paddleboards to Marsh's Falls for an easy 8km paddle on the beautiful Lower Oxtongue River.  A fun event for all ages and an opportunity to learn about some of the plants and animals that inhabit this ecologically rich river valley.  A joint venture by the Lake of Bays Association (LOBA) and the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation (LBHF) 

Cost $20 per person, lunch included.  For more information, or to register, please contact us at registration@lakeofbaysheritage.ca

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Mushroom Walk at Marsh's Falls - October 10, 9:00AM
10.10.20

Laura Gilmour, a forager and herbalist with Wild Muskoka Botanicals  will lead the walk. The focus is on observing and learning about mushrooms as you stroll around the Marsh’s Falls property.  Bring a camera and note pad. To register, or for further information, email registration@lakeofbaysheritage.ca

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Native Species Planting To Improve Songbird & Pollinator Habitat at Marsh's Falls - October 10, 10:30AM
10.10.20

We are well along the way to creating a more inviting habitat for songbirds and pollinators at Marsh's Falls. We did two plantings last year and will do two more this year.  The first one is July 11 at 10:30am, the second is October 10 10:30am

If you are able to join us email registration@lakeofbaysheritage.ca.  We'll have the plants and seeds on site.  Refreshments too. Please bring a shovel and garden rake (not a fan rake) to scratch the earth for planting, and clean boots to avoid tracking in invasive species lurking in dry mud in boot treads. As a bonus, you will experience the Falls in all their splendour.

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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.
Events
05.09.20
Dr. Cathy Charles Stay-at-home Spring Bird Count, weekend of May 9
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07.11.20
Dragonfly & Butterfly Count at Marsh's Falls - July 11, 9:00am
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07.11.20
Native Species Planting To Improve Songbird & Pollinator Habitat at Marsh's Falls - July 11, 10:30AM
Read More »
08.01.20
Silent Boat Rally - An Ecotour of the Lower Oxtongue River - August 1, 9:00am-1:00pm
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08.15.20
Annual General Meeting - August 15 11:00AM
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08.29.20
Mushroom Walk at Marsh's Falls - August 29, 9:00AM
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10.10.20
Mushroom Walk at Marsh's Falls - October 10, 9:00AM
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10.10.20
Native Species Planting To Improve Songbird & Pollinator Habitat at Marsh's Falls - October 10, 10:30AM
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Contact Us

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

416-433-2174
info@lakeofbaysheritage.ca