Leech Lake, Muskoka

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Three Loon Sighting

I thought this was a neat shot of the loons last night. The kids were getting ready for bed when the loons showed up near our dock.
Barry Shepherd

Leech Lake Bug Count 2013 version

On July 21st Leech Lake conducted its 2013 bug count at the boat ramp. This event  was originated six years ago by Valerie McCoy and she continues to spearhead this effort every year.

The Township provides a benthic technician to collect the bugs in buckets of mud from the lake bottom and then specifically identify the types of bugs that Leech Laker volunteers capture from petrie dishes. The types and volume of bugs indicate the health of the lake and taken over time indicate trends in the lake.   

This year the Bracebridge Examiner was on hand and did a story that appears in this week's issue of the paper. The url of the story is below and if you click on it you should be able to read the article as it appears in the paper.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Bug Count Date Change

The Township Benthic Agent double booked for July 20th. Therefore the Leech Lake Bug Count will change to Sunday July 21st. The hours of operation remain the same

Monday, July 15, 2013

Action on Lorne Road

The subject of the deplorable condition was discussed at the recent Annual Meeting. Many had thoughts about what to do to get the Township to act and have the road repaired to an acceptable condition.

Greg Wolfe of 1064 Lakeshore Rd S. took the challenge to heart and contacted the Mayor of Bracebridge, Graydon Smith, to discuss the deplorable condition of Lorne Rd. As a result of the conversation Graydon Smith has agreed to visit Greg on July 26, 2013, at 4:00pm at his cottage, to discuss the road condition and the future.

Greg is encouraging the President, the chair of the road committee and the rest of the executive to join in this discussion at his cottage. Greg is also urging all cottagers with an interest in the improvement of Lorne Rd. to take in the discussion and show solidarity and a passionate desire to have Lorne Road brought to an acceptable standard.





Monday, July 08, 2013

2013 Bug Count - Benthics Collection

Date: Saturday July 20, 2013
Time: Collection @ 9:15 am
           Count @ 10:00 am
Place: Boat Launch

  • Meet New Friends
  • Prizes for Counting
  • Earn Volunteer Hours for High School Hours 
  • Meet Bio-monitoring Technician & Learn

Benthics are tiny aquatic invertebrates who act as indicators of lake health. On Saturday we’ll collect buckets of matter from the lake bottom. Then the Technician will sample them in petri dishes & the fun begins. Collectors catch the “bugs” with tweezers or plastic pipettes. The variety & number are logged. Kids will get tickets for collecting & will be able to exchange them for prizes. We’ll supply snacks in the morning & lunch with drinks throughout the day. 
Alan Greenwood: agreenwood@rogers.com 705-434-9202 so we have an idea for food & prizes. Walk-up's are more than welcome


Bear Sighting

The following is from Don Hill:

I saw a small black bear Monday morning, just the other side of the marsh past the hunt camp on Fraserburg Road.  Both of our dogs had a bad night Sunday, wandering around the house, noses up at the windows and doors and occasional barks.  I'm pretty sure it was a bear in the area but did not see any garbage destroyed on the North road on my way out in the morning.


Just a heads up for people coming up.


Don Hill