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Yes, 7 out of 8 turtle species are actually at risk for extinction. But the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC) is doing something about that.

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (home of Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre) work to protect and conserve Ontario’s native turtles and their habitat.

The efforts of the OTCC are focused on:

  • operating a turtle hospital that treats, rehabilitates, and releases injured turtles
  • performing extensive research in the field to further conservation initiatives
  • running a comprehensive education and outreach program.

Kids as young as 3 to 10, known as Kids 4 Turtles, were the original inspiration for the creation of the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre. The boys and girls raised $5,000 to purchase turtle crossing signs – and worked to get permission to erect the signs across the Peterborough area.

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Source: https://ontarioturtle.ca/kid-heroes/kids-4-turtles/

The height of turtle nesting season is in June. Females are often found crossing roads to reach traditional nesting sites or laying eggs in the gravel along roads…and this is why signage is so important during nesting season. Turtle nests are laid in soil that is easy to dig and provides the correct amount of moisture so the eggs do not get too dry or too moist during incubation.

Unfortunately, the eggs are incubated by the sun’s warmth. Nests are therefore usually laid in a spot where there is not much vegetation to shade the ground, leaving the eggs vulnerable.

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Source: Photo by S. Stick, https://ontarioturtle.ca/get-involved/roads/

According to the OTCC , “less than 1 in a hundred turtle eggs laid will hatch and grow into an adult turtle. Once the female has finished laying her eggs she never sees them again. Nests are easily found and destroyed by predators such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes looking for an early summer meal. The babies that do hatch are vulnerable to predators on land and in the water and few ever reach maturity (8-25 years of age depending on the species).”

Seven of the eight species of turtle in Ontario have been designated as “species at risk”. Habitat destruction has played a major role in the decline of turtles. Many of the marshes, swamps, bogs, and wetlands that turtles once called home have been drained, filled, or otherwise altered.

As a result, conservation and education are critical. There is so much to see and learn. You can start with tuning in to Kawartha Turtle TV at https://ontarioturtle.ca/ourmission/kawartha-turtle-tv/.

And then plan to visit. The OTCC’s Education Centre which is open to the public year round.

The OTCC is located at:

1434 Chemong Rd,

Peterborough, ON

K9J 6X2

The Turtle Hospital is only open to the public during the Open House events throughout the year.

Sign up to receive email  news and stay up to date with all of the happenings!  And shop at the OTCC e-store! 100% of the proceeds go toward the medical care and conservation of Ontario’s Turtles.

 

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Source: https://ontarioturtle.ca/shop/

 

 

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Let’s face it. Some winters are just not winter wonderlands – they are more like a wet rainy season. The result – winter sports take a beating.

But not this winter. Temperatures are well below zero and snow is plentiful. Tobogganing has never been better.

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Source: https://childslife.ca/tobogganing-tubing-hills-york-durham-gta-ontario/ 

You don’t have to wonder where the best tobogganing hills are any longer. You can simply refer to a new Google map, “The Great Canadian Tobogganing Map.”

The map was created by a tobogganing enthusiast from Edmonton. It features over 200 hills from the West of Canada to the East.

The map is ever expanding since you can add new toboggan hills in your area. Have a favourite hill? Add it to the map. Simply sign in to Google Maps using a Gmail account. Then search for the location in the search bar at the top of the page. Users then click the marker that appears in neon green, and click “Add to map.”

Once a location has been added, users can edit the listing by clicking the name on the list, then clicking the pencil in the box that pops up on the map. Charles Heard, the creator of the map,  encourages Canadians to add tips, comments and stories.

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Source: http://www.ptbocanada.com/journal/2013/1/28/the-great-canadian-tobogganing-map-includes-peterborough-hil.html

There are a variety of Kawartha Lakes area hills included on the map:

  • Armour Hill
  • The Old Ski Run Hill at Trent University
  • Jackson’s Park
  • Corrigan’s Hill
  • Prince of Wales Public School

Canada’s First Nations Peoples used handcrafted toboggans to transport people and goods across Canada’s Far North. Eventually using the toboggan for recreation was a natural development. Today we enjoy the evolution of tobogganing in the Winter Olympics – bobsledding, luging and skeleton racing.

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Source: https://www.canadianicons.ca/pages/the-toboggan

Remember, with any sport, safety is a major concern. Health Canada reminds parents that helmets can help to prevent head injuries.

 

 

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Sweetheart Public Skate

Looking for something fun to do on Valentine’s Day with that special someone? The City of Kawartha Lakes invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a public skate at one of their Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Public Skates on Wednesday February 14.

Beautiful senior couple ice skating in city centre. Winter

Sweetheart Skate schedule:

  • Lindsay Recreation Complex from 10:15am to 1pm
  • Emily/Omemee Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm
  • Oakwood Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm
  • Ops Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm

Everyone is encouraged to wear red and/or pink and all public skate participants will receive a special treat. Regular admission fees apply.

A complete listing of all Public Skating times and locations is available on the City’s website. The schedule is subject to change, please contact the facility to confirm.

For more information, please call 705-324-9411 extension 1306 or email communitydevelopment@kawarthalakes.ca

 

 

 

February 17th is a perfect family fun day. Start off at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Family Ice Fishing Event and end the day at the Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre.

The 9th Annual Family Ice Fishing Day is your opportunity to try your hand at ice fishing without needing a license. It is a free event, all equipment and bait is provided and there is a prize for every child!

All the fun takes place on Chemong Lake in Bel Rotary Park. Dress warmly; pack a lunch and some snacks. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your toboggan to enjoy the hills after fishing.

Ontario Family Fishing Events offer an opportunity for families to fish Ontario waters without the usual paperwork. The Ontario Government designates two periods throughout the year as license-free ­– the Family Day Weekend in February and a full nine days in July that coincides with National Fishing Week.

What a great way to introduce your family to fishing. Plan to attend on February 17th or watch for other fishing festivals, clinics, derbies and workshops hosted across the province throughout the year. To find an event near you, visit  www.ontariofamilyfishing.com.

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Source: https://www.ofah.org/familyfishing/

…And After Ice Fishing 

After Ice fishing, or if ice fishing is not for you, be sure to visit the OFAH Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre in Peterborough.

Activities for the whole family will include:

  • Excalibur Archery Range
  • Stoeger Airgun Range
  • Lure making, 2D fly tying and casting challenge
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Crafts and games
  • Unique wildlife displays
  • Movie in the amphitheater
  • Fish feeding frenzy in the giant fish aquarium.
  • Free BBQ (12-2) with hot chocolate

Admission and all activities are FREE on February 17th, 2018.  All the fun takes place between 10 am and 4 pm at the Centre at 4601 Guthrie Drive, Peterborough.

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Source: https://www.ofah.org/familyfishing/

 

 

 

 

 

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Treat your sweetie to an early St Valentine’s evening of dinner, music and dancing with the Russell de Carle Trio at The Ranch Resort , Saturday February 10th.

As lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, Russell de Carle is no stranger to awards and accolades.

The 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles.

As a songwriter, Russell has also received two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards.

The Russell de Carle represents a new beginning, and it’s a natural extension of Russell’s talents as both a songwriter and interpreter of song.

Held together by equal measures of heartbreak and hope, and featuring performances from some of Canada’s most accomplished instrumentalists, the Russell de Carle music uniquely blends blues, jazz and R&B with a country swing.

We’re thrilled to have such incredible talent on stage warming up a chilly February evening and infusing the room with romantic ballads and toe-tapping two step dance tunes.

Tickets for the February 10th dinner and show are on sale now for $55 per person or $100 per couple.

To order tickets or for more information please contact The Ranch Resort at 705-277-1942  or email us at info@theranchresort.ca

 

 

 

February 17 to the 18th, 2018, you can witness the thrill of this exciting sport thanks to the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA).

CSRA was created in 1994 to oversee, organize, promote and regulate snowmobile competitions in Canada, primarily within Ontario and Quebec.

Race fans include the young and old – all enthusiasts for the rapidly expanding sport of professional snowmobile racing.

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Source: Photo from the CSRA’s Facebook Post https://www.facebook.com/snowcross/posts/1797084920310982 (Timeline Photos)

Snowcross is actually the most popular form of snowmobile racing. Imagine high-flying aerial displays in addition to all of the activity on the compact race track. The race tracks feature tight turns and banked corners – designed for the fast pace of the race.

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Source: Photo from the CSRA’s Facebook Post

https://www.facebook.com/snowcross/photos/pcb.1797084920310982/1797084250311049/?type=3&theater (Timeline Photos)

Lindsay is one of the key Powersports markets on the Snowcross race circuit. The series attracts hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators at each event – over 50,000 spectators for the season.

CSRA racers, spectators and recreational snowmobile users love the great outdoors and the excitement of the race. In fact, loving winter is a must!  The season started January 13th in Quebec. The first day of races included rain; by the second day the temperature was -20*C; the next day it was down to -38 C with the windchill. But the race went on!

For more information on Snowcross, contact the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association: E-Mail: info@snowcross.com Phone: (905) 722-7771

Plan to be at the Snowcross Kawartha Cup – either as a competitor or spectator – on February 17/18. All the excitement takes place at the Lindsay Exhibition Centre.
 

 

 

 

Chances are you know someone who has been skating, skiing or snowmobiling lately, but how about snowshoeing.

Bethany is close to the Victoria Recreation Corridor – a 55 km trail, stretching from Lindsay to Kinmount. The trail is used year-round for over a dozen types of sport – including trails perfect for snow shoeing. Maybe this winter is the time to try something new.

The trail follows the former CN rail line and will take you from Lindsay along Sturgeon Lake to Fenelon Falls and onto Kinmount.

Snowshoeing has been gaining in popularity in Ontario. Consider the benefits:

  • Minimal equipment
  • Easy to learn
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Provides an incredible physical workout

In fact, you can burn more calories snowshoeing than you can walking, running or cross country skiing at the same pace. It provides a cardio workout while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance.

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/snowshoekawartha/photos/a.539076519637001.1073741827.539015876309732/539162099628443/?type=3&theater 

You can walk over the deepest snow, making it easier to get around on any trail. The snowshoes distribute your weight, leaving you with an experience of floating on the snow. While some people are content to walk on their snowshoes, there are others who sprint up hills for that bit of extra exercise.

Canada’s first snowshoes varied in shape, size and materials depending upon the choice of trees and animals available. Many were carved from birch or hard ash. Today most snowshoes are made of lightweight aluminum frames with steal cleats.

In the Bethany area you can access the trail through access points in the South Corridor and Central Corridor.

The South Corridor is the old CP Rail line that extends 30 km from Lindsay to Bethany. The recommended access points:

  • Bethany at the intersection of Ski Hill Road and Jackson Street
  • Pigeon River (limited parking) at Mount Horeb Road (Arterial Road 31)
  • Lindsay off of King Street

The Central Corridor begins in the north end of Lindsay at Thunder Bridge Road and takes you north to Fenelon Falls. The recommended access points:

  • Lindsay (Non-motorized), William Street North – Victoria Junction between Eglington Avenue and Orchard Park Road
  • Lindsay (Motorized) at Thunder Bridge Road, Ken Reid Conservation Area
  • Cameron on Long Beach Rd. (Arterial Road 34) East of Highway 35
  • Fenelon Falls (South) at the Old Railway Station

And the timing is perfect! You can take part in the second annual Snowshoe Kawartha races…5k or 10K.

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Source: http://snowshoekawartha.com/