Fireworks – Love ’em or Hate ’em

Editorial by Cat Medici, President, Sturgeon Point Association

Is it just me or does it seem like there are more private fireworks displays these days?  Every occasion seems to be a cause worthy of celebrating with pretty explosives: it’s a holiday, it’s a weekend, Sandra got a promotion, little Joey took his first steps… 

There was a time that I looked forward to fireworks; a time when we got to see them twice a year, at Victoria Day and Canada Day.  Now I shake my head every time I see them across the lake or coming from my neighbourhood park on a seemingly uneventful day.  Not because I’m against fireworks but because it has become too much. 

What has also recently come into my awareness is how fireworks, especially large fireworks displays, affects wildlife.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, because my own dog shakes and finds a place to hide deep in the basement when he hears fireworks.  I consider myself a smart, empathetic person and I never made the connection that wildlife may respond as negatively as my dog. 

Ontario Nature Magazine has a blog about fireworks written by Enid Mallory called “Protecting Ontario’s Lakes From Fireworks” that was published in advance of NYE.   

I’m not advocating for a total fireworks ban on behalf of myself or as the voice of SPA.  I am advocating for education on all things environment so people can make educated choices about issues that affect the welfare of the Kawartha Lakes and broader environment.  There will always be opinions on both sides that can be backed up or refuted with studies and facts and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. 

Love ’em or hate ’em, it’s definitely a subject to think about.

Kawartha Conservation Water Quality Study

Kawaratha Conservation completed two water quality studies this past summer on Sturgeon, Balsam, Cameron, and Pigeon Lakes: Near Shore Monitoring and Starry Stonewort. 

The results are in and Sturgeon Lake’s results came back quite good.

Read the results of the Near Shore Monitoring study: 

See all the confirm sightings of Starry Stonewort in the City of Kawartha Lakes: https://www.eddmaps.org/county.cfm?sub=74386&id=3516

Emerald Ash Borers are in our neck of the woods!

 

Image of the Emeral Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer

As you may or may not know, the Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has been recently confirmed in the Kawartha Lakes.  One of the speakers at our Environment Meeting this summer discussed these very damaging pests and we should all be aware of the threat they pose to our forest.  They attack only Ash trees but they have a 100% kill rate.  

You can tell if you have them by looking for D shaped holes in the bark (where they exit once larvae have matured) and new branches growing near the bottom of the trunk.  The trees can not be saved as they do not recover from the damage done by the larvae eating the wood under the bark. 

In order to manage them as well as possible, moving Ash products (fire wood, chips, etc,) is forbidden, and once you find a tree on your property that is affected, it must be cut down and all of the wood burned.  

Please click on the links below to educate yourselves further and check your property for Ash trees with signs of infestation.

Notification from CoKL that EAB has been confirmed in our area

How to identify Ash trees

Information about the EAB problem

Images of the Emerald Ash Borers 

Further information about the EAB problem

 

Environmental Meeting – This Saturday!!

Saturday July 20nd 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon   Sturgeon Point Church

SPA is hosting the third annual Environment Information Session to present topics we think will be of interest to the residents of Sturgeon Point.  The Kawartha Lakes has a diverse environment from the Canadian Shield to the St Lawrence Lowlands, “The Land Between”, and the quality of this environment is of major importance to us all.  This session will feature the following guest speakers and topics

Mr David Pridham  Kawartha Lakes Conservation  Up-date on the Sturgeon Lake Management Plan

            This is a very ambitious program to document the lake and near-shore characteristics and to develop recommendations that will guide land-use planning in the area.

Ms Samantha Burke  Graduate student Trent University  Benthic macro invertebrates as indicators of water quality plus a brief introduction to the Kawartha Lakes Steward Association document ‘The Algae of the Kawartha Lakes’

            Copies of the ‘The Algae of the Kawartha Lakes’ will be available at the Session.

Samantha will describe how studying the critters in the water tells us a lot about the health of the lake.  There will be a quiz at the end to see how many know what Benthic macro invertebrates are.  Hint  GOOGLE it

Chris Appleton  Treasurer of Kawartha Lakes Steward Association and Resident of Sturgeon Point Outline of the Objectives and Activities of the Kawartha Lakes Steward Association (KLSA)

            KLSA is involved in many interesting environmental studies and programs, such as the Sturgeon Lake Management Plan and is a valuable source of information on the issues and health of our local environment.  

Lucas Tyukodi  Invasive Species Community Outreach Liaison – Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters  Discussion of invasive animals and plants: Rusty Crayfish, Round Goby, Garlic Mustard and Emerald Ash Borer.