Monarch Breeding Kits for Schools Project 2017

Monarch butterflies will again be experienced first-hand in 15 elementary schools in Lennox & Addington County this fall.

Monarch butterfly

The Monarch butterfly population is dwindling and all of our pollinators need help. The pilot project began in 2015 when 20 Monarch kits were supplied to 13 elementary schools in L&A County. Students and teachers have been thrilled to witness the entire life cycle of the Monarch from caterpillar to adult.

Monarch Breeding Kit

Monarch Breeding Kit

From a local classroom teacher, on the Monarch 2015 program:
This experience was incredible for my Grade One students.  We hit so many areas of the curriculum while studying our monarch friends, BUT the best part was the wonder that we saw in our children and just how fantastic it was to see the changes from each stage of a butterfly’s life first-hand.  They treated the butterflies with care and respect and felt like they were helping our world by protecting them.  Amazing!

Nine schools planted gardens in 2016 to help attract pollinators of all kinds: butterflies, birds and insects.

J.J. O'Neill school kids with aviary

J.J. O’Neill school kids with aviary

Partners are essential to our program. Maya Navrot, Educational Outreach leader at Quinte Conservation, will again assist schools with advice on native plantings. Funding for this program has been gratefully received from the Napanee District Community Foundation, as well as the contributions from participating schools.

Monarch in classroom

Monarch in classroom

For more information, contact Marilyn Murray, manager of the Monarch program, at marilynannemurray@gmail.com

​Lyme disease: get ticked off

Ticks that can cause Lyme disease are muscling in on greater Kingston and Lennox & Addington areas. The last few years have seen a big increase in tick populations here. A local vet cites 169 reported cases of Lyme disease in pets in Lennox & Addington County over the last 5 years. And, there are all the unreported cases…

Black Legged Tick

On April 25 in Napanee, the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council hosted a presentation on Ticks and Lyme disease with Dr. Andrew Peregrine, a welcome authority on the topic.

Please watch this video as it shows how to identify and protect yourself.

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THIS PRESENTATION…

Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by the bite of an infected tick: in Ontario, the offender is the blacklegged (or deer) tick. Ticks that carry the bacteria, Borrelia< burgdorferi, may convey the infection to people and certain animals.

Hiker

Dr. Andrew Peregrine (PhD, DVM) has been a professor in clinical parasitology at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph for 20 years, where he teaches Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students. His research interests include emerging parasitic infections in animals and people.

Dr. Andrew Peregrine

For more information, visit Public Health at www.kflaph.ca or the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation at canlyme.com.

Attacking Wild Parsnip!

The County of Lennox and Addington has made the decision to spray 359 km of rural roadsides with the herbicide ClearView® in June of 2017. Be aware that this is happening. The decision has been made.

Public complaints about the rampant spread of this plant have pressured the county to react to this situation. Wild parsnip is a nuisance and the rash it causes, known as phytophotodermatitis, is nasty. But will spraying of rural roadsides effectively control its spread or are there better methods of control?

We, members of the Lennox and Addington Stewardship Council (LASC) are opposed to the spraying of this herbicide. Education is an important part of our mandate. We would like to provide residents with as much information as possible.

 

Wild Parsnip - L&A Stewardship Council

Pastinaca sativa ‘wild parsnip’

Wild parsnip is a tall, biennial, short-lived plant that blooms in the second year of its two-year life cycle, producing seed. It will cause a rash if the stem is broken and the sap from the stem must touch the skin in the sunlight. Wild parsnip reproduces through seed. Cutting the plant before it flowers is the best method of control. Mowing along roadsides is challenging due to the steep slope of ditches, but is the spraying of an herbicide the best solution? LASC feels strongly it is not.

Dr. James Coupland, an agricultural research scientist, feels that the wild parsnip invasion may be short-lived. Invasive plants tend to follow a series of phases. Currently, in L&A we may be experiencing what he refers to as “the rapid growth phase” and the population is exploding. This peak may soon be followed by a biotic crash when it will become vulnerable to natural controls such as disease. Many invasive species have followed this pattern, including purple loosestrife.

 

 Pastinaca_sativa_'wild_parsnip'

Pastinaca sativa ‘wild parsnip’

Members of LASC met with Chris Wagar, Manager of Roads and Bridges for the County on May 2nd. Chris spent considerable time discussing the spraying program. While we disagree with the decision, we acknowledge his willingness to discuss it openly. Consider the herbicide ClearView®:

Aminopyralid, one of the main ingredients in ClearView, is highly water-soluble and should never be used near water. If spraying is done when water is present in ditches, there is strong risk of contamination of surface water and groundwater.

Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)

“If you use ClearView widely you’re playing with fire…it takes a long time to break down. It can travel through a water system for months killing all native plants. It is the gift that keeps on killing.” Dr. James Coupland

The LASC encourages you to be informed. See the county website: www.lennox-addington.on.ca/traffic-roads-bridges-government/public-notice-pesticide-use-roadside-weed-control

A map of the roadsides to be sprayed can be viewed here.