What We Do

Recent projects and initiatives:

Education and Awareness

The Monarch Butterfly Breeding Kits for Schools Project
2015

Lennox & Addingston Stewardship Council - Monarch Butterfly

  • 20 Monarch Butterfly Breeding Kits were provided to 13 L&A elementary schools
  • Kits include caterpillars, chrysalides, a milkweed plant and an aviary
  • Students and teachers witness each stage in the metamorphosis of the monarch butterfly
  • The monarchs could be tagged before release, and the information entered into the Monarch Watch database

NEW THIS YEAR: School Butterfly Gardens Added
2016

  • 25 breeding kits are available to elementary primary teachers in L&A County
  • Planting material and assistance for the creation of school yard butterfly gardens/waystations are provided as an enhancement to this project this year
  • Our Partners: Quinte Conservation, Napanee District Community Foundation, TD Friends of Environment Foundation, Friends of Salmon River, Kingston Field Naturalists, L&A elementary schools
Lennox & Addison Stewardship Council - children with butterfly habitat

J.J. O’Neill School class watching Monarchs develop

Environmental Bursary Program

  • Annual bursaries to L&A students for post-secondary studies
  • Contributes to a student leadership role in environmental, forestry, wildlife, and agricultural fields of study
Lennox & Addison Stewardship Council - A Bursary student in action

A Bursary student in action

Burn Barrels for Rain Barrels

  • Landowners traded in a burn barrel for a rain barrel, or bought a rain barrel at low cost
  • 1,500 barrels were provided to the public
  • The message: Feed your garden with rainwater!

Wildlife & Woodlot Education

  • Presentations on grassland birds, snakes, turtles, coyotes, and more
  • Woodlot and forestry field days
  • In many communities, in concert with many local partners

Species at Risk Programs

Species at Risk in the Classroom
Added to Curriculum in 75 Schools

  • In Ontario, over 200 species of flora and fauna are considered Species at Risk
  • In 2008, we developed the highly successful Species at Risk in the Classroom program
  • It is now in 75 schools, in 3 counties
  • In 2010, we partnered with Queen’s University, Faculty of Education to introduce the program to student teachers through workshops and field trips
  • Our Partners: Limestone District School Board, Queen’s University, Frontenac Stewardship Council, Leeds-Grenville Stewardship Council

Grassland Birds Research Project 2014/2015

Final Report, Grassland Birds Project 2016

  • Breeding success of Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark
Lennox & Addison Stewardship Council - Bobolink

Bobolink – Photo: Kurt Hennige

  • The different start times of haying: how it impacts these species
  • Comparison of the four grazing schemes used on Amherst Island
  • Relative impact on the breeding success of both species was measured
  • Four years of survey data were analyzed
  • Our Partners: Kingston Field Naturalists, Association for the Protection of Amherst Island, Frontenac Stewardship Foundation, Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry; and landowners and farmers on Amherst Island – essential for producing the research.

Short-eared Owl Project
Assessment of Grassland Habitat on Amherst Island

Lennox & Addison Stewardship Council - Short Eared Owl

Short-eared Owl – Photo: Kurt Hennige

  • Short-eared Owls nest on the ground and fly the open fields in search of prey
  • Field research to define their optimal habitat requirements
  • Our Partners: McGill University, Bird Studies Canada, Kingston Field Naturalists, and landowners

Owl Woods
Owl Woods Stewardship Plan

  • We support the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, Friends of Owl Woods, and Kingston Field Naturalists in preserving the essential owl habitat on Amherst Island

Forestry & Tree Care

Urban Forest Renewal Program
Tree Planting on Public Lands

Lennox & Addison Stewardship Council - Maples planted in Napanee

Maples planted in Napanee – Photo: Susan Withers

 

  • Many old/diseased trees were replaced in Napanee
  • Trees planted in Loyalist, Stone Mills & Greater Napanee Townships
  • 400 large (8 to 12 foot) native trees planted over 5 years
  • Hosting of regular tree care workshops for the community
  • Partners: L&A Stewardship, L&A Horticultural Society, local municipalities, volunteer groups, and landowners