SCUGOG: The Scugog Island Community Association is pleased to present the first in a concert series in partnership with Lynn McDonald. Join us on Saturday, June 8th for a very energetic evening of music with Melissa Payne, her fiddle, and Dylan Ireland to accompany her. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Redman’s and Eco Port. This is not a licensed event and is open to ages 16+. Doors open at 7:15 and refreshments will be available.
The Scugog Island Community Association is committed to revitalizing the Scugog Island Hall as a place for Island residents and guests to gather and connect through cultural and community building events. Join the Scugog Island Community Association page on Facebook or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the mailing list for future events.
Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) and their partner municipalities would like to express sincere thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Durham Woodworking Club, for helping them get up close and personal with turtles in Durham Region’s coastal wetlands.
This partnership involved CLOCA supplying the materials and the Durham Woodworking Club members providing carpentry expertise, design, prototype development and over 100 hours of their time to build turtle monitoring boxes. These boxes are one more tool in the tool box to support the Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program, delivered by CLOCA each year in local watersheds.
“We collect data on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, wildlife, coastal wetlands and water quality in creeks and groundwater,” says Dan Moore, Aquatic Biologist for CLOCA. “The turtle boxes are designed specifically to support our Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program.” The boxes will improve their understanding of turtle populations in the coastal wetlands, located along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Of Ontario’s eight native turtle species, all are considered Species At Risk. CLOCA’s focus will be primarily on two of the more common turtle species, Midland Painted and Snapping Turtles, but they will be looking for the less common Blanding’s and Map Turtles as well.
The boxes were installed in local wetlands last week. The boxes act as a basking site for turtles with an opening that leads the turtle into an underwater enclosure once they have warmed themselves. Here, they are free to swim and feed, until the daily box checks by monitoring staff. Once the turtles are marked and assessed, they are released. The marking program will help when turtles are recaptured in future monitoring efforts and also when the turtles are observed naturally using their wetland and adjacent upland habitat. Upon the completion of monitoring efforts each year, the nets will be removed, and the boxes will continue to offer basking sites. “Based on the results of data collected, we look forward to future restoration activities and habitat enhancements, to ensure long-term survival of turtle populations in local wetlands,” notes Mr. Moore.
Everyone can do their part to help turtles, by watching for them when driving or assisting them if they are trying to cross a road or trail. Always help them travel in the direction they are heading, even if the wetland is behind them. Females often leave their home wetland in June, and travel up to a kilometre away to lay their eggs, often, unfortunately on road shoulders.
Central Lake Ontario Conservation offers nesting protection structures, and if you happen to find an injured turtle, check out the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre website, at https://ontarioturtle.ca for information about their rehabilitation programs.
An annual spring tradition for many, is back again this year, on May 25th at 7:30 p.m., at the Port Perry United Church.
The Church has a long history of community musical presentations. The talented Choirs of Port Perry United are proud to present “Thanks for the Memories”, a musical reflection of the events of the past 20 years, under the skilful leadership of Music Director, Joan Bretney.
It all started in 1999, as a means to raise money for the Grand Piano, which now graces the platform in the sanctuary. The event was so well received it has become an annual event and is in its 20th year of entertaining audiences of all ages. The Grand Event is presented and enjoyed by all ages!
The sanctuary will, once again, be filled with a wonderful variety of music, sure to please.
Tickets are $15.00 per adult, $5.00 for children under 12. They can be purchased at the Church office, on sale now. If any tickets remain, they can be purchased at the door, the evening of the show.
For more information please contact the office, at 905-985-2801, or go to www.portperryunited.com
KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes Economic Development invites everyone with an interest in the future development of the local cultural sector, and our creative economy, to participate in the 2019 Kawartha Lakes Cultural Summit.
The full day Summit will include an overview of the accomplishments, from the 2013 Cultural Master Plan, along with brainstorming and visioning towards a new Cultural Master Plan.
Join us, on Thursday, May 9th, at the Lakeview Arts Barn (Globus Theatre), from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cultural performances, lunch, and beverages are included.
“We’ve accomplished so much over the past 5 years. The Kawartha Lakes Cultural Master Plan is the key guiding document for sector development, providing direction and strategies to successfully grow the sector,” stated Debra Soule, Arts Culture Heritage Development Officer. “However, the plan is now dated. It’s time to hear from you, to help us update the plan and generate a new vision for cultural development, cultural tourism and the creative economy in Kawartha Lakes.”
For those interested in attending, or for more information, please contact Debra Soule, at email@example.com, or by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1498.