Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) workshop

The Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) has recently put online a workshop on blue-green algae (BGA). It was made by a KFN member and two Queens students and consists of two videos on YouTube. The first covers mainly research into BGA and runs for 53 minutes, and the second deals with identifying different cyanobacteria and runs for 20 minutes.

These are particularly relevant as they cover research carried out at Queens on nearby Dog Lake. Some of the content is quite technical, but there is a lot to learn if you are interested.

The videos are:

The 2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2020 AGM has been scheduled for Sunday August 9, 2020.  As in previous years we have reserved the activity room at the Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters.

However the COVID-19 situation means that there is a strong possibility that we will not be able to hold a physical meeting at that time. The NSOLA Executive is monitoring the situation and the meeting will only go ahead then at that location if the government rules permit it and if the Executive considers it to be safe and prudent to do so.

If the physical meeting cannot proceed we plan to hold a virtual AGM on that same date, using Zoom. We held our last Executive meeting via Zoom and it worked well, so we have confidence that an AGM could be handled this way.

Stand by for more news as the situation evolves.

Anita Dunn
President, NSOLA
Email: executive@nsola.org

The Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

The Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is your local land trust.

As an all-volunteer organization, all donations are focused on protecting lands for nature in this region. We have regional protection priorities that complement the national-interest priorities of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

You can find our Natural Heritage Plan on our website. It identifies areas of highest interest for conservation and shows the area between Frontenac Provincial Park and Puzzle Lake Provincial Park as a vital corridor to maintain for ecosystem health.

We publish a Passport to Nature that lists free, expert-led, outdoor events in the area all year long. We want to encourage people to care about the natural environment and help us to conserve areas as nature reserves.

Our neighbour Anne Robertson is a long time LC-KFLA Board member and would be pleased to answer your questions.

www.LandConservancyKFLA.org

Strategic Planning for the Township of South Frontenac

At the AGM on July 21, 2019 Ross Sutherland, South Frontenac Councillor, spoke about the 2019-2021 Strategic Planning for the Township of South Frontenac, and emphasized how important it is for all residents to get involved in helping develop the plans for the future.

Start by giving your input to the South Frontenac survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSTMT8M.

For more information or to contact Ross please go to his website https://rosssutherlandloughborough.net/.

Annual General Meeting – Sunday July 21, 2019

Dear Residents, Cottagers and Members.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday morning, July 21, 2019. As usual, the meeting will be held at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters.

We really hope to see you there. This is a great opportunity to share news of what is happening to our lakes and surroundings, and also to meet the other people who share your lake.

Here’s an outline of the updated schedule:

9:30 a.m. Coffee, paying memberships, name-tags

10:00 a.m. AGM business

11:00 a.m. A few words by Ross Sutherland, Councillor, South Frontenac Township

11:15  a.m. A few words by a representative of Frontenac Provincial Park

11:30 a.m. Talk on owls by Anne Robertson


After the presentation there will be time to socialise and enjoy a tea or coffee and cookies. The AGM part of the meeting does not really take that long. Much of the time is spent talking and exchanging ideas.

If you have anything you would like to be discussed at the meeting please contact me so that it can be included on the agenda.

We are looking for people interested in joining the Executive. We meet casually a couple of times a year to discuss issues relating to our community and region, whether environmental, social, or political. This is not a large commitment, but it is important in ensuring that we can monitor, and if necessary intervene in, any affairs which might affect our lakes and our residents. If you would like to know more please contact me.

We look forward to seeing you at Frontenac Park Headquarters on the morning of Sunday, July 21, 2019. 

Anita Dunn

President
NSOLA

Date change for our 2019 Annual General Meeting

Please note that due a scheduling conflict the date for this year’s NSOLA Annual General Meeting has changed.

It will now be held on Sunday July 21, 2019 at 10am at the Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. Please save the date!

We welcome and encourage everyone with property on North or South Otter Lake or Elbow Lake (Pearkes Lake) to come along. It will be your chance get the latest news about our beautiful lakes, exchange information and meet your neighbours.

Further details will be available soon.

Anita Dunn
President, NSOLA
Email: executive@nsola.org

CRCA Lake Assessment Reports

Just released by the CRCA: CRCA Lake Assessment Report fact sheets were produced for 45 lakes in the Cataraqui region. They provide maps, note the physical features, assess water quality, identify the invasive species and outline aquatic diversity.

Check it out!  CRCA Lake Reports

The report for North Otter Lake is attached. There does not seem to be a separate report for South Otter or for Pearkes (Elbow Lake).

2017-FactSheet-NorthOtterLake

Annual General Meeting – July 15, 2018

Dear Members of the North and South Otter Lake Association:

Our Annual General Meeting will be held again this year at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. The date of the meeting is Sunday, July 15, 2018. See the attached Notice and Agenda in the link below.

 

All members (or their designates) and new members are welcome. Membership dues remain at $10.00 per person. You can pay at the meeting; or if you prefer, or cannot attend the AGM, please complete the membership form (copy attached but also available online at https://nsola.org/forms/) and email transfer the dues, or post a cheque, to Mike Kramer, our treasurer, at the following address:

Mike Kramer, mike.kramer@investorsgroup.com, 6541 Salmon Lake Road Sydenham ON K0H 2T0

In addition to our usual AGM business, Ben Chabot, our Park Superintendent, will give our group and update on developments in Frontenac Provincial Park and the Frontenac area. There will also be a presentation on bird species in the Frontenac area. As Ben will explain, the area has been designated an “Important Bird Area” by Bird Studies Canada: https://www.ibacanada.org/; https://www.ibacanada.org/mapviewer.jsp?lang=EN. Studies over the past number of years have revealed how important the Frontenac area is for Warbler habitat. This year, moreover, is designated as the “year of the bird” by National Geographic so the Park is highlighting birds throughout its Frontenac Hiking Challenge and has recently introduced a Christmas Bird Count as well.

As we did last year, we invite you to stay after the meeting for coffee and snacks, and to meet, or catch up with other members in our group. Please come with any reports of sightings of fauna or flora, issues, or changes to the health of the lake.

If you would like to add any items to the agenda please contact any of our executive at executive@nsola.org or nsola@nsola.org.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on July 15, 2018.

Your Executive

 

NSOLA Notice of AGM and Agenda 2018

Join the Kingston Field Naturalists for their 20th “BioBlitz”: June 25/26, 2018

BioBlitz poster

From the KFN website:

2018 Bioblitz!
This will be the Kingston Field Naturalists 20th BioBlitz in the Kingston area! We would like to record up to 1,000 species in 24 hours and hope that everyone, including our volunteers, will find it a fun and educational event. This BioBlitz follows Blitzes in this location in 2000 and 2002 and will serve to show changes that have occurred in the past 16 years as well as add to the to the tally. The idea for the BioBlitz comes from the Canadian Biodiversity Institute. It’s an inventory of as many living things as can be identified within a 24 hour period. Specialists and experts from a diverse set of disciplines will be grouped with interested volunteers to explore the area under investigation. The inventory and interaction of volunteers with the public are integral goals of this event. The BioBlitz takes place from 3:00 pm on Friday, 15 June, to 3:00 pm on Saturday, 16 June, 2018. The event will run, rain or shine. The program, letter and poster are available below. For further information contact Anne (n8ture.anne@sympatico.ca, 613 389 6742)

Here’s the itinerary/program:

BlitzProgram2018FINAL

 

 

 

 

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting – July 9, 2017

Dear Members of the North and South Otter Lake Association:

 Our Annual General Meeting will be held again this year at Frontenac Provincial Park Headquarters. The date of the meeting is Sunday, July 9, 2017. Here’s the schedule:

9:30 a.m.                  Coffee, paying memberships, nametags

10:00 a.m.                 AGM business

11:00 a.m.                 Tom Veldman, Deputy Chief, South Frontenac Fire Services

11:30 a.m.                 Ben Chabot, Park Superintendent

All members (or their designates) and new members are welcome. Membership dues remain at $10.00 per person. You can pay at the meeting; or if you prefer, or cannot attend the AGM, please complete the membership form (copy attached but also available online at https://nsola.org/forms/) and email transfer the dues, or post a cheque, to Mike Kramer, our treasurer, at the following address:

Mike Kramer mike.kramer@investorsgroup.com , 6541 Salmon Lake Road, Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0

In addition to our usual AGM business, Tom Veldman, Deputy Chief, South Frontenac Fire Services, has offered to talk to our group about fire safety and prevention, burning by-laws, and related matters. Ben Chabot, our Park Superintendent, has also kindly agreed to give a short talk providing an update on developments in the Park.

As we did last year, we invite you to stay after the meeting for coffee and snacks, and to meet, or catch up with other members in our group.

If you would like to add any items to the agenda please contact any of our executive at executive@nsola.org or nsola@nsola.org.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on July 9, 2017.

Your Executive