Building a Different Kind of Bank for the Future

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  You might call it an occupational hazard, but these days everywhere she looks, Melissa Spearing sees seeds.  The obsession has been known to have her stop at the side of the road to take samples or photographs.  Her interests don’t stop at seeds, either.  She has even stopped at … Continue reading

Permit Required To Hunt Otonabee Conservation Lands

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Peterborough: With the fall hunting season only weeks away, Otonabee Conservation is reminding hunters that hunting opportunities are available on specific conservation lands and that hunters will need to apply for permission to access the properties. “Over the years there has been more interest by hunters to access conservation lands … Continue reading

Bumble Bee Count Calls for Volunteer Census-takers

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In response to global concerns about declines in pollinator biodiversity, Friends of the Earth is launching its second “Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count” and offering downloadable “Census Cards” to help identify the bees. The campaign asks people to look for and take photos of bumble bees and to upload the … Continue reading

Place Your Native Plant Orders Before September 4

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Have you been thinking about adding native plants and pollinators to your property? The Kawartha Conservation 2017 Native Plant Distribution Program is a great way to purchase low-cost native plants for a variety of landscape, garden and shoreline projects within the Kawartha watershed. “Native plants are a beautiful addition to … Continue reading

International Trails Day Festival Events

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Otonabee Conservation and its community partners in the 6th Annual International Trails Day Festival – June 1st to 3rd – are helping host events to celebrate trails in the area. The festival is the result of the collaboration of municipalities, community groups and recreational clubs which have provided a variety … Continue reading

Millbrook Valley Trails Work Day Volunteers needed!

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This year’s Annual Millbrook Valley Trails Work Day will take place Saturday May 6 at 9 am starting at the Distillery Street trailhead beside the pond. In case of rain the rain date will be Saturday May 13. Please bring gloves, a rake and a shovel if possible, wear suitable … Continue reading

Get Out – Seeing is Believing? Not Necessarily!

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It is always my intention with this column to excite and interest readers in exploring the great outdoors. There is never a guarantee that you will see anything interesting or exciting but there’s always the chance. We are blessed with a richness of lovely places to walk–that in itself is … Continue reading

Get Your Lines and Hooks Ready for the Fishing Derby

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Calling all fisherpersons! The annual Millbrook and District Lions Club Fishing Derby will take place at the Millpond in Millbrook on Saturday April 29 from 7:00am to 1:00pm. The fishing derby is open to those 16 and under with a registration fee of $2.00. More than 100 competitors joined the … Continue reading

Has the Time for Water Harvesting Arrived?

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After last summer, homeowners, farmers and gardeners may be wondering what kind of weather conditions we can expect during the upcoming growing season. Those who have experienced water shortages might be getting more serious about the ancient process of collecting and storing rainwater for later use. It is a process … Continue reading

Do’s and Don’ts to Prolong the Life of Your Septic System

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Living in the country comes with many rewards, but also with more responsibilities. Our water may come from a tap, but we must also concern ourselves with where it comes from and where it goes from there. As is often the case, investing in a bit of prevention can save … Continue reading

Otonabee Conservation Launches Tree Seedling Program

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Otonabee Conservation has launched a new stewardship program to help landowners seeking to plant trees on their property. The Tree Seedling Program is available to farm and rural landowners within the Otonabee Region watershed and offers a wide selection of native tree and shrub species which can enhance private property … Continue reading

Sustainable Forestry in My Woodlot

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After years of learning about sustainable forestry with the help of the Kawartha Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association, I decided to have trees marked for selective cutting on my property. It was a huge decision for me to make since no significant cutting had been done here since the … Continue reading

ORCA Advises that Level 2 Drought Persists Despite Recent Rainfall

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The Otonabee Region Water Response Team advises members of the watershed community that the Level 2 drought first declared on July 12, 2016 remains in effect. This means that water users of both municipal and private water supplies are strongly encouraged to reduce their water use by 20% in their … Continue reading

ORCA Advises that Level 2 Drought Persists Despite Recent Rainfall

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The Otonabee Region Water Response Team advises members of the watershed community that the Level 2 drought first declared on July 12, 2016 remains in effect. This means that water users of both municipal and private water supplies are strongly encouraged to reduce their water use by 20% in their … Continue reading