The Lake Networking Group's Septic Savvy Workshop held May 26 in Perth was, by all accounts, a big success. Counting the presenters and partners there were about 80 in attendance. If you were unable to attend, you can view the Septic Savvy presentations on the Lake Networking Group page, hosted on the Friends of the Tay Watershed site. Just go to the bottom of page and click on the Septic Savvy 2018 button.
The fire ban for Drummond/North Elmsley and Tay Valley Townships has been lifted, effective May 18, 2018. The Fire Department is advising to use caution in dry areas.
June 2018. The 2018 Loon Survey has begun again, and we are eagerly awaiting what we hope to be a loon-baby-filled summer on the lake. We’re always looking for folks to help provide us with information about loon sightings! If you have information you’d like to contribute, or have questions, please contact Kyla at email@example.com. Information will be compiled onto this google map and will be updated as the year goes on. Happy loon watching!
This presentation by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit was given to the Lake Networking Group in mid April 2018.
May 9, 2018. Soon the area counsellors will be visiting their neighbours to deliver the summer information packages, let them know what the OLA is up to, and collect membership fees. This year we have included an infographic by OL cottager David Bromley on the State of the Lake to celebrate the OLA's 40th anniversary. To see an area map, click here.
Here are some important tips about Lyme Disease from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, as welll as some common myths. Here's one: Myth: All Lyme victims develop a “bull’s eye” rash. Truth: Although rashes are fairly common, only 30% of Lyme patients report experiencing a rash, and only 9% develop the classic “bull’s eye” rash.
The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is conducting a survey of Blanding's Turtles this May and June. They needl eastern Ontario property owners with wetlands on their land who would be willing to let a turtle team conduct a one-day survey on their property of this threatened species.
If people, pets or livestock are in immediate danger.
The Bear Wise reporting line (between April 1 and November 30). A bear passing by, in a tree, breaking into garbage, emptying bird feeders etc.
From Dec 1 to March 31, contact your local MNRF District office. The Kemptville office is (613) 258-8204.
The focus of this year's FOCA Fall Seminar event for lake associations was Strong Associations for Future Generations. The presentations provided plenty of ideas for how lake associations could engage volunteers, particularly a new generation of younger volunteers. Keynote speakers were Alex Mifflin and Tyler Mifflin from the television series, “The Water Brothers.” The day concluded with the launch of the 2017 video “Lake Associations”, which ends with a clip of OLA Past President, Karen Hunt. Christine Kilburn has provided a summary of the day.
The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place locally on December 16th. Birders volunteer to count and record their observations. Section 1 of the Rideau Ferry Christmas Bird Count area (a 24 km diameter circle centred in Rideau Ferry) includes the north and north eastern parts of Otty. The south and western shores of Otty are covered in Area 2. Bird Studies Canada and its partner, the National Audubon Society in the United States, rely on data from the Christmas Bird Count database to monitor bird populations.
October 2017 - Our fourth annual "State of the Lake Report" was produced by the OLA to summarize the condition of our lake and the environmental activities that have been completed on Otty this summer. Notes on water quality, water levels, algae, wildlife, and invasive species are included. (8 page PDF.) See the Environment page for past reports.
We’re looking for kids’ contributions to Captain Otty’s Log. If you are under 12, tell us a story about your time on the lake this summer, like an interesting wildlife encounter, something you did, or an interesting summer tradition of your family. Just send us your poem or story, no more than 200 words, by September 15. Photos or drawings to accompany your tale are welcome, too. Don’t forget to include your name and age. We’ll print a selection of them in upcoming newsletters.
Bears Bears are frequently seen in the Otty Lake watershed, and can peacefully coexist with residents. Educate yourself on their behaviour in case you encounter one. Bears are attracted to food of any kind, so be careful how you deal with garbage, fruit trees, barbeques and bird feeders. Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare. If you have questions or feel a bear has become a nuisance on your property, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Bear Wise hotline at 1-866-514-2327.
Some of the original Otty Lake cottages are mentioned in this newspaper piece by Kay Rogers. It comes from her book 'At Home in Tay Valley,' that celebrates the people, places and events in the history of Tay Valley Township and Lanark County.
Thirty Otty Lake families were recognized through the Lanark Legacy Cottage program for having been in their family for at least 50 years. Most of the families were on hand at our July 9th AGM to receive their personalized 8 x 10" plaques. Twenty families in Tay Valley Township and 10 families in Drummond North Elmsley were recognized. Since the AGM an additional 13 cottages were recognized by the program, administered by Tay Valley on behalf of the participating municipalities. See the updated list. This is a commemorative designation only, there are no legal restrictions associated with it.
Protect your property by reviewing these security tips for seasonal and permanent residents:
The Pike Lake Community Association (PLCA) compiled this list of security tips following a meeting of the Lake Networking Group and the OPP earlier this fall. Thanks to the PLCA for sharing!
FOCA suggests marking your personal items, recording serial numbers, and making a list of what you have left at the cottage in their Cottage Closing Tips.
This OPP Security Guard Tip sheet is relevant to seasonal and permanent residents alike.
If you have one of these boxes, be sure to clean it out and put in a fresh supply of wood shavings (not sawdust) this fall or winter. Cavity-nesting ducks do not carry nesting materials and won’t choose an empty box. Boxes are often not used the first year, but a duck may check it out for use the next year, so make sure it passes inspection! (Photo at left is the interior of the nesting box at the Maple Glen recreation area, taken by Jennifer Lamoureux.)
A pair of small mouth bass spawning on one of the installed spawning beds from the Otty Lake fish and wildlife enhancement project. For additional photos, see our photo gallery.
Find out more about the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project on the RVCA's Otty Lake web page.
See this poster and pamphlet from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and be prepared. Lyme disease and the ticks responsible for its spread are established throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties. More tick references on our Environment Page.
You’ll want to learn to recognize this plant, wild parsnip, which is spreading rapidly in Eastern Ontario. People coming in contact with the plant’s sap have developed severe skin irritations. This plant has a yellow umbrella-like top and saw tooth leaves. Wild parsnip can be controlled by pulling or digging, or by mowing if done at the right stage of its development. Wear protective clothing and be extremely cautious when handling it, and be wary of picking wild flowers.
Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, from the Victoria Day Weekend until the Thanksgiving Day Weekend. The site is available to all residents of Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley Township. The depot is open during all regular Middleville waste site hours: Monday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Drummond North Elmsley residents are entitled to use the HHWD on Patterson Cres. in Carleton Place. It is open Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from May 19, 2018 until September 1, 2018, and is available to residents of certain Lanark County municipalities. These are Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Beckwith, Smiths Falls, Perth and Drummond North Elmsley ONLY.