Global Big Day Report from L&A

Hairy Woodpecker. by Kurt Hennige

Global Big Day Report from L&A                     

May 9, 2020

The Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council decided to promote the Global Big Day bird count to increase participation from local backyard birders and feeder watchers by using the eBird program. We wanted to help eBird achieve their goal of 100,000 bird checklists in one day.

There is also a need to increase bird records from Tamworth area and the ecologically rich northern part of Lennox & Addington County, since the Kingston Field Naturalist count circle stops just south of Tamworth and KFN birders rarely wander outside their KFN count circle area.

 

Results from the eBird stats:

A total of 102 bird checklists were submitted to eBird for L&A County by 36 observers, and 118 species were tallied. This is a significant increase from the 73 checklists by 13 observers and 114 species submitted last year.

We increased the number of observers in L&A County from last year by almost threefold.  

By comparison, the First Global Big Day on May 9, 2015 for L&A County shows that only 4 observers submitted 8 checklists and tallied 59 species.

For this event, eBird achieved their goal: they received 110,000 checklists, and the numbers are still increasing. Our 102 checklists (from L&A) or 0.1% of the total number is impressive.

To see all results from eBird:

Go to https://ebird.org/home  and select Explore. In the ‘Explore Regions’ box – enter Lennox & Addington (or whatever area you wish to see). The checklist page will come up. In the (Years) box at top left – select Global Big Day May 9, 2020 to see all the checklists from that day.

Click on Overview and then hit High Counts. This will show the highest number for each of the 118 species seen during the count. If you click on Show All Details, you will see the photos and general locations attached to the checklists.

For all of Ontario, eBird received 4,010 checklists, and participants observed 240 species.

Chipping Sparrow by Kurt Hennige

Reports by email:

In addition to our eBird promotion, we received another 11 reports from L&A participants via email. Clearly these are people who are interested in bird counts, but unable to use eBird. The Stewardship Council will consider a future workshop to teach people how to participate in the eBird program.

Common backyard birds seen were: Mourning Doves, American Robins, Black-capped Chickadees, European Starlings, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

The Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council is celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated in the Global Big Day event and hope you thoroughly enjoyed your experience. Please let us know any comments or questions you have about the event. We encourage everyone in all parts of our region to spend some of your “pause time” learning more about the world of birds.  Appreciating nature generates caring for nature.

Baltimore Oriole male by Kurt Hennige

 

Resources for Improving Habitat

TREES

If you wish to plant trees (minimum of 500) you can apply to Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program – https://www.forestsontario.ca/

Each Spring, Quinte Conservation http://quinteconservation.ca,  Cataraqui Conservation https://crca.ca/, and some municipalities offer tree seedlings.

If you have watercourses on your property that are not naturalized,  try Natural Edge to plant along the watercourse – https://naturaledge.watersheds.ca/

For more info on TREES,  see our entry called “Tree Planting Programs” under Stewardship News

Plant Native Species

We really encourage property owners to plant Ontario native species when planting in their yards. They support local wildlife and hopefully slow the spread of new invasive species in our environment. See these two guides to selecting species for your backyard and gardens.

file:///C:/Users/Susan/Downloads/Prairie-and-meadow-Plants-CVC.pdf

http://quinteconservation.ca/site/images/stories/programs/landowner/docs/gardening.pdf

Nesting Boxes

Quinte Conservation has some nesting boxes available for landowners from their Belleville office – see plans below. If you want  any, contact Maya to arrange to pick up.   MNavrot@quinteconservation.ca

Mallard HEN Houses

https://deltawaterfowl.org/hen-houses/

Wood Duck Boxes

https://www.ducks.ca/assets/2016/01/duckbox.pdf

Osprey Nesting Platform

http://quinteconservation.ca/site/images/stories/programs/landowner/docs/osprey_platform.pdf

Bluebird Nesting Boxes and Bat Box Plans are currently out of stock.

 

Tree Planting Programs

Choices for tree planting

Brought to you by – the Friends of Wilton Creek Watershed and Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council

January 27, 2020

 

Why plant trees?

Eastern White Pine

Why do landowners want to plant trees?

  • To fix carbon dioxide in biomass (the trees) and in the soil, while decreasing it in the atmosphere. Climate change now makes this an urgent need.
  • To grow lumber for sale or for a legacy.
  • To get firewood from selected trees, pruning, or fallen trees.
  • To protect an area, e.g., with a windbreak or shelterbelt.
  • To provide habitat for animals. Increasing forest corridors is particularly important.
  • To give aesthetic pleasure.
  • To increase forested areas and provide places for forest walks.
  • To become eligible for a tax break on forested land.

 

 

                 Tree Programs

The 50 Million Tree Program 

Ontario adopted a United Nations initiative which aims to plant fifty million trees as a strategy to fix carbon. In April of 2019 the provincial government cancelled the scheme and it was subsequently rescued by a guarantee of funding for four years by the federal government.  The goal for Ontario is now 50 million trees by 2025. Forests Ontario has planted more than 29 million trees through this program.

The program is for landowners who must have sufficiently deep soil, at least 2.5 acres (I ha) of tractor-accessible land, and space for 1,000 to 2,000 trees. Hand-plantings for small areas are occasionally acceptable.  80% of the planting cost is paid by the program.

The program includes:

  • a site visit
  • preparation of a planting plan
  • native seedlings
  • planting
  • grass and weed control
  • follow-up survival assessments.
  • Landowner costs range from $0.30 to 0.50 per seedling, depending on the species and numbers to be planted.

Site visits must be arranged in the fall, and seedlings are ordered by February 1st for spring planting.

The eligible forested land may qualify for a reduced tax rate.

The program is managed by Forests Ontario: www.forestsontario.ca. (Landowners may register a property at this website.) The process is handled by a local forester.

Contacts:

Wilton Creek Watershed: the Program Delivery Agent is Rick Knapton at the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority. Contact: 613-389-3651 or RKnapton@crca.ca

Salmon River, Napanee River and Prince Edward County Watersheds: the Program Delivery Agent is Stephen Pitt at 613-532-0701 or scpitt@gmail.com.

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The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) is a long-established program, managed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  It has been responsible for large areas of managed forest in our region, and the focus is on increasing forest stewardship by landowners. MFTIP requires a Forest Management (site-specific) Plan made by a Plan Approver. A minimum of 10 acres (4 hectares) of forested land is required.

Plan Approvers, mostly foresters, are approved and listed by the Ministry and are independent agents who charge landowners directly; they are listed online by region. See more about the program here: www.ontario.ca/page/managed-forest-tax-incentive-program.

The Plan Approver (the forester) will come for a site visit and explain how the program works. MFTIP requires return visits by a forester after 5 and 10 years, and the landowner becomes eligible for a 25% rebate on the residential tax rate for the planted area. 

Plan Approvers for MFTIP:

Lennox & Addington and Prince Edward Counties, contact: Stephen Pitt at 613-532-0701 or scpitt@gmail.com

Lennox & Addington, Prince Edward, and Northumberland Counties, contact: Frank Taylor at 613-354-2410 or frank.taylor911@gmail.com

Quinte area (south and central Hastings), contact: David Smallwood at 613-438-1947 or  smallwooddjs.4@gmail.com

 

The Natural Edge Program (naturaledge.watersheds.ca) is a shoreline re-naturalization program for owners with a waterfront, not only for lakes or large rivers, but for internal shorelines such as creeks and tributaries. The support is from Watersheds Canada (a charitable organization out of Perth) and from Quinte Conservation and Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority.

The full program – available in the Quinte Watersheds only (the Moira, Salmon, Napanee and Prince Edward County watersheds), includes:

  • a site visit
  • a customized planting plan
  • native trees, shrubs and wildflowers
  • the planting labour
  • landowners pay only 25% of the total cost of the project.

In the Cataraqui watershed (including Wilton Creek watershed):

A Starter Kit is available: the cost is $250 and includes a site visit, planting plan, 50 plants (35 bareroot, 10 potted, 5 wildflower), tree guards and mulch. Landowners can pick-up the Starter Kit, and can do the planting themselves or pay staff $5 per plant plus mileage.

The aim is to restore natural vegetation along shorelines, and local demonstration sites are being created on public lands.

Contacts:

Watersheds Canada: Chloe Lajoie at 613-264-1244 or naturaledge@watersheds.ca

Locally: Maya Navrot (Quinte Conservation) at 613-968-3434 ext 131 or MNavrot@quinteconservation.ca

And: Holly Evans (Cataraqui Conservation) at 613-546-4228 ext 233 or hevans@crca.ca

 

Helpful Organizations

Forests Ontario is a non-profit organization that runs workshops, provides seedlings, and is an agent for many government programs.  For example, last year they planted 400 trees at Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Seasonal over-the-counter sales of seedlings are available.

Contact: Stephanie Chamberlin, Forestry Manager at 1-877-646-1193 or

schamberlin@forestsontario.ca. Visit www.forestsontario.ca

 

Tree Canada is a registered charity which can supply schools and organizations with trees – including fruit and nut varieties.  Contact info@treecanada.ca  Visit https://treecanada.ca

 

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority: Each spring, landowners in the area can place a minimum order of 500 seedlings, and individual species can be ordered in multiples of 50. People can go together on their orders. Contact Rick Knapton, forester at 613-389-3651 or RKnapton@crca.ca

 

Friends of Lemoine Point is a group of volunteer supporters of Lemoine Point, a CRCA property in Kingston that houses their forest workshop and nursery.  They have an annual spring sale of native plants including trees and shrubs. This is an excellent source of affordable seedlings and larger plants. Contact: 613-389-3651 or info@crca.ca. Or visit crca.ca/conservation-lands/conservation-areas/lemoine-point

 

Native Plant Nursery: A similar excellent source of local stock is Beate Heissler’s nursery in Frankford: Natural Themes Native Plant Nursery. Contact: 613-398-7971 or bea@naturalthemes.com. Visit www.naturalthemes.com

 

The Farm Tax Credit program:  Landowners who are actively farming may be better off maintaining the Farm Tax Credit program on land newly planted with trees.

For information, see  https://www.mpac.ca/PropertyTypes/Farm and https://www.mpac.ca/PropertyTypes/ManagedForests and www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/policy/ftaxfacts.htm . Consulting with a tax advisor is recommended.

 

­­­­­­ TD Friends of the Environment Foundation is a national charity that supports a range of environmental initiatives on public land including schoolyard greening, park revitalization, community gardens, etc.

 

What local support is available?

Some municipalities subsidize tree planting in public parks and along roads. Some municipalities offer a Community Trees program. See quinteconservation.ca

 

The Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council (LASC)

is a non-profit organization that works with the public to promote responsible land care and stewardship of our natural resources. Since 1995, LASC has worked with schools, community/environmental interest groups, and landowners – improving habitat, educating students and landowners, planting trees, and more. LASC maintains strong ties with like-minded groups, such as local ‘Friends of’ groups, the Ontario Woodlot Association, and Conservation Authorities.

In 2019, the Lennox and Addington Stewardship Council and the County of L&A planted 80 mature trees to replace large trees that had been removed for the installation of a solar energy project.  Individual landowners have taken responsibility for caring for these large trees until they become established.

 

 

Well and Septic Event…Download Workbook

Quinte Conservation’s Maya Navrot showing the flow of contamination in groundwater

On January 15 in Napanee, the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council (and partners) brought together a range of knowledgeable speakers to share their learnings and best practices about well and septic systems with homeowners. More than 280 people attended this very interactive and successful evening!

The Groundwater Protection Workbook was developed for local landowners as a property-specific self-assessment tool to understand risks to groundwater on their property.

We now have the 40-page Workbook available online at the following link:

GWProtectionWBKFINAL

Large file (8 MB) – have a cup of tea!

​ The hard copy is not yet available. We will keep you informed of the progress.

 

Feel free to also download these Speaker Presentations:

1/  Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority

CRCA_Groundwater Vulnerability with notes

Holly Evans, Watershed Planning Coordinator and Katrina Furlanetto, Source Protection Coordinator

  • Groundwater vulnerability, unique features of our region
  • Groundwater Protection Workbook

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/  Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change 

Warren Lusk, Natalie Spina, and Andrew Mobberley

MOECC Well Construction, Maintenance & Abandonment

  • Ontario Wells Program
  • Well construction and maintenance

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/  KFL&A Public Health

Gordon Mitchell, Public Health Inspector

KFLA Public Health. On-site Sewage Disposal_A Primer

  • Set-up of a standard septic system
  • Maintenance
  • Alternative technologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/  Public Health Ontario

Dr. Anna Majury

PHO. Research on environmental health and microbiology with a focus on water

Basics of water sample collection and testing

Water-borne disease in Canada

PowerPoint presentation in PDF format (6.1 mb) Public Health Ontario_Private Drinking Water_17.04.18

5/ Quinte Conservation

Groundwater Monitoring

Lynette Lambert, Watershed Monitoring Coordinator, Quinte Conservation

Monitoring Programs throughout the Quinte watershed

Water Quantity

Water Quality

PowerPoint presentation in PDF format (1.7 mb) Quinte CA Monitoring – Jan 2018

 

Groundwater Protection Workbook will be available soon.

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