Leech Lake, Muskoka

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Leech Lake 2012 “Bug Count”

Leech Lake 2012 “Bug Count” - Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

* New* Prizes for Volunteer Counters

Time: 9:00 am set-up & collection start / Counting starts at approx 10am

Place: Hembling / McCoy cottage. 1037 Lakeshore Rd (Right side)

Varieties of tiny creatures live in our lake sediment and form an essential part of the lake food chain. These little critters are sensitive to stressors such as toxins and pH etc. that enter the lake from the surrounding environment. Monitoring changes to this population tell us about the health of our lake's ecosystem, and if required, to consider and then take remedial action.

The collection will be done by a Biological Monitoring Technician from the District of Muskoka with the help of Fleming students. After collection we will identify and count macro-invertebrates. For the less outdoorsy types - please be assured that counting is done on the shore, the "bugs" confined to plastic collection trays and there is nothing gross in the process!

Bug counters will be awarded tickets for their collection and will be able to cash these in for prizes!

This is great education for adults and older kids. High school kids can use the time toward their volunteer hours.

E-mail vmccoy@rogers.com before Thursday night or call 705-645-9692 (no answering machine) on the weekend with RVSP or questions.