Natural Edge Program

Kawartha Region

On behalf of Watersheds Canada and KLSA (Kawartha Lake Stewards Assocation)

KLSA has received a grant from Watersheds Canada to undertake the Natural Edge Program 10 waterfront properties. KLSA has also partnered with Kawartha Conservation to further enhance and re-naturalize lakes within the Kawartha region.

The objective of the program is to revegetate and re-naturalize the Kawartha Lakes shoreline. 

We are seeking your help in identifying potential sites.

The project consists of the following components:

  1. Identify potential sites. These sites can be private or public lands and should typically be close to the water’s edge. 
  2. Conduct a site visit to provide advice on how to improve the shoreline.  A planting plan will be developed cooperatively with the landowner and will identify which native species are best suited for the area. The development of the planting plan will be undertaken by a Watersheds Canada representative or someone trained by Watersheds Canada to undertake the survey.
  3. Once the site visit is completed, the property owner will receive a Shoreline Re-naturalization Starter Kit.  The Kit includes the site specific planting plan, plants and materials, and resource materials (ex. Habitat Creation Guide and Wildflower Garden Guide).
  4. Under the project, the property owner will receive coconut mats (45), mulch, bare root plants (35), potted plants (10) and wildflowers (5). The landowners, with the assistance of KLSA members, will undertake the planting of the vegetation.
  5. Cost:  the cost of the project to the owner is $250  (typically, the plants alone are worth more than this cost).
  6. Timing:  The events of 2020 means that the project has been extended until the Fall of 2021.  However, KLSA would like to undertake some of the site assessments in mid to late September subject to provincial and regional health authorities COVID 19 guidance.

A copy of the Watersheds Canada brochure can be found and downloaded here.

If you are interested in participating, or if you know of any candidate sites, please contact KLSA at or

Also feel free to distribute this information to your friends or neighbours who may be interested in participating in this project.

Thank you for your assistance.
William A. Napier
Kawartha Lake Stewards Association


FOCA ELert for August 2020.

Please click here to read the full August Elert

We encourage you to read the newsletter and reference material. Recap of the topics covered:

  • FOCA Cottage Country Survey – Deadline August 24th
  • Advocacy, Policy and Program Updates –
    • Environmental Assessment redesign
    • Cormorant Hunt
    • Federal Aquaculture Act
  • Webinar recap: Gypsy Moth – sponsor Zimmer Air Services – access recording
  • Next Webinar: Targeting Tax – Cottage Succession Planning
  • Covid-19 and the cottage
  • Rural Cell and Internet Service
  • Invasive Species
  • Boating Safety
  • Watershed Protection

Lake Stewards Newsletter:

Please click here to find the Lake Stewards Newsletter

Community Care Apsley – Thanks 

Dear Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association

The Board of the North Kawartha Food Bank wishes to thank you all for your recent generous donation of food.  The whole community has been so quick to respond to the needs of our clients during the pandemic and we are very grateful. 

As a result of the generosity of the community we are able to cancel all our fundraising this year which makes it safer for our volunteers who have worked hard to keep the food bank open as usual.  We have enough money to take us through the winter which is wonderful.  We will miss the fun of our annual Loonie Night but hopefully we will see everyone again in the fall of 2021.

We hope that you have all had a restful summer on the lake and wish you all the best for the uncertainties of opening up in the Fall. 

With our thanks and best wishes,
Daphne Ingram
Chair, North Kawartha Food Bank.
(link to letter)

Gypsy Moth Spraying

Reminder to read the spraying details and complete the spraying survey

Loons in the Bay

6 Loons in the bay (taken from #36)

Loon videos for your viewing delight

Loons Entering the Bay
Loons Leaving the Bay

Gypsy Moth Spraying and A Few More Topics

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Spraying Next Steps Preparing for Spring 2021

In our previous communication, we shared information about spraying Gypsy Moth caterpillars. This is conducted in the spring with a second spray a few weeks later. 

We have set up a survey, reachable by clicking this link, to determine what you, the cottagers, are considering to battle this invasive species. Please complete the survey by September 30th (but it will remain open after that if you forget or are delayed.) The information from this survey will be shared with Paul Zimmer.  We are extending this survey to surrounding lakes, so please identify your lake and property when responding to the survey.

We are hoping that by consolidating our intent and providing it to, Paul Zimmer’s spraying company, we can provide a big picture view of how much spraying will take place.This is NOT a commitment that you will spray, but rather will aid Paul in reaching out to you for further consultation. Your final decision is between you and Paul. 

As a reminder, these are the sample documents required when you commit. The contract that explains the process and the neighbour waiver.

How safe is spraying? Read about btk by clicking here and here or by searching btk in your favourite search engine.

Click for past info shared regarding moths on the lake and spraying.

Fireworks Reminder

Fireworks are prohibited in the Kawartha Signature Site Park, which includes the lake.   Sparks can cause devastating forest fires.  It is your responsibility to be aware of and adhere to Fire Ban publications.

eMail distribution list

Please ask your cottage neighbours if they are receiving emails.

If they are not, please forward them this email and remind them they can subscribe by clicking here or going to the subscribe link at the footer of the web site.

Cottage Association Fee

Gentle reminder if you have not done so already, please e-transfer $20 to for Loon Call Lake Cottage Association fee.

Thanks from Community Care Apsley Food Bank

Community Care – The delivery was made on Wednesday, August 5th

Wasn’t That a Party

Pandemic Paddle, Food Drive and Piano Bar

We thought Covid-19 had turned the long weekend in August into just an ordinary cottage weekend. But thanks to some creative thinking, August 1st ended up being a spectacular day.

The day dawned beautiful and sunny, and at 10:30 the Pandemic Paddle began. Canoists, kayakers, paddle boarders, people and pets took to the waters. Others stayed on their docks to welecome visitors. Everyone was smiling, chatting and visiting from a distance. 

Thanks to your generosity, a large bin is overflowing with food for the Community Care Apsley food bank to be delivered on Tuesday. (If you still want to donate, please come by Lot 36.)

To top the day off, about two dozen watercraft converged on Lot 7 to listen and sing along with Drew Phillips (on Instagram @drewphillipsmusic). Drew took requests and played to a very satisfied crowd. Highlights included Stacy’s Mom, in which Drew was joined by Scott Phillips; and the Tennessee Whiskey where we learned who will leave the comfort of their boat for a whiskey shot.  Get your request list ready for 2021!

More pictures will be posted on the website as they arrive. You can find them here.

If you took photos please send them to for publication on the web site

There’s More: Pandemic Paddle, Food Drive and Piano Bar

Pandemic Paddle

A few Loon Call Lake friends were chatting about how lucky we are to be cottaging on such a magnificent lake. We were expressing our disappointment in not being able to visit with our lake friends and neighbours at the annual regatta and corn roast this year. That’s when the Pandemic Paddle was born.

When: Saturday August 1st @ 10:30 onwards
What: The idea is to depart  from your dock at 10:30 a.m. in your non-motorized boat (canoe, kayak, paddle board, paddle boat….) and to paddle clockwise around the lake visiting and chatting with fellow loon call lakers. If you choose not to paddle, feel free to come down to your dock to say hello.

Hope to see you on the lake!
Heather Thornton and Tom Parsons Lot 65

Take photos and send them to for publication on the web site

Food Bank

Drop non-Perishable food items at dock 36 (Hartog’s).
We’ll drop them at the Apsley Community Care Tuesday next week

Piano Bar

Saturday August 1st, 5-7 pm, Drew Phillips will be providing musical entertainment on his dock (Lot 7).

Feel free to boat up, drop anchor and enjoy!!
All cottagers welcome!

Drew Phillips

Special Thank You – Community Care – Apsley

Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association received this grateful message from Community Care – Apsley

Good afternoon Ms. Manias,

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Loon Call Lake Cottagers Association for the generous donation of $500.00 to our Community Care – Apsley office.  We truly appreciate the support.

I have attached a formal thank you letter for the members of the Association.

Thank you for supporting Community Care.

Danielle Belair
Executive Director
Community Care Peterborough

First (and only?) Pandemic Paddle – August 1st 10:30

A few Loon Call Lake friends were chatting about how lucky we are to be cottaging on such a magnificent lake. We were expressing our disappointment in not being able to visit with our lake friends and neighbours at the annual regatta and corn roast this year. That’s when the Pandemic Paddle was born.

When: Saturday August 1st @ 10:30 onwards
What: The idea is to depart  from your dock at 10:30 a.m. in your non-motorized boat (canoe, kayak, paddle board, paddle boat….) and to paddle clockwise around the lake visiting and chatting with fellow loon call lakers. If you choose not to paddle, feel free to come down to your dock to say hello.

Hope to see you on the lake!

Take photos and send them to for publication on the web site

Heather Thornton and Tom Parsons
Lot 65

To The Rescue!

Tom Parsons and Heather Thornton smelled smoke on July 20th and engaged Murray Rochon and Sladjana to bring water to a fire burning beside the beaver pond near Fire Route 57. They called in the fire department, too, and with all of this help, the fire was successfully extinguished.

Thanks for saving our forest and the wildlife!

What a team!

Gypsy Moths – Plan Now – Spray 2021

Hi Folks,

A number of people have collected hundreds of caterpillars and now our pheromone traps are collecting hundreds of moths, as we continue to kill caterpillars and pupae. The next step in protecting our trees, for those who decide they are interested, is to spray just as the eggs are hatching. 

The company that is most experienced at spraying is Paul Zimmer at  Paul Zimmer’s company sprayed Etobicoke, London, Chandos Lake and many other recognizable places this summer.  It is his company that sprayed our lake about 25 years ago. The park will not spray but we are allowed to spray on private property.

Click here to download the contract that explains the process. It needs to be completed for each property being sprayed. Each property owner would need to complete the form and in order to get a preferred price, and pay in early 2021 for spraying in spring 2021. Property owners need to get a waiver signed (click here to download) by neighbours who choose not to spray. In this case the helicopter will spray 10% less on the side of your property. It is best to get a series of properties in a row sprayed.  In these days of google maps and GPS technology, the helicopters are able to be quite specific in the areas sprayed which is why they require specific information in advance.

The company monitors the egg masses, hatching etc., and sprays to get 90% of the hatch.  It is followed by a second spray at the right time.  The costs for spraying are in the contract. $357.00 for the first acre and $96.00 for additional acres. The product being sprayed is also used in organic farming.

Please visit the Zimmer Air website which contains valuable information to help you make a decision. Gypsy moth spraying The website has answers to all of your questions and aerial views of sprayed and unsprayed properties. We have 7 sequential property owners on our side of the lake around our cottage (lot 60) committed to spraying.  

Many of us were here the last time the lake was sprayed and believe we saved hundreds of trees. The trees at risk with this invasion now include pine trees, which is frightening.

If you are interested, we will keep a record of properties to be sprayed and help with the required maps.

Please contact me if you have any questions, 

Gypsy Moths – What Can You Do?

Your Loon Call Lake Executive thought you would be interested in a communication between cottagers Heather Thornton and Tom Parsons;  and Mike Brown, Park Biologist – Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park. You may be seeing Gypsy Moths near your cottage and wonder what you can or should do about them.  Mike will be visiting the Heather and Tom. We will update this posting with any outcomes of that meeting.

Heather Thornton and Tom Parsons (329 Fire Route 57) reported the following:

We would like to report a Gypsy moth infestation in our surrounding
cottage area on the northwest side of Looncall Lake in the Apsley
area. This is also within the Kawartha Highlands Provincial park area.

We noticed a significant increase in moths and then egg masses on  our trees last summer. We attempted to collect and burn as many egg masses as possible from the Fall to Spring (thousands of them). While we think we did reduce the number in our immediate cottage area, we are seeing devastation of oaks, white pine and many other  species(including our treasured blueberry bushes) in the surrounding area. We are literally taking hundreds of Caterpillars off of each limb of trees in order to stop total defoliation but this seems to be in vain. We have also wrapped many of our trees with burlap as another method which has also helped a bit.

We have read about pheromone traps and flakes but not sure about the efficacy of this method and unable to find a source. As you may be aware, this area area was hit by a previous gypsy moth infestation approximately 22 years ago resulting in the death of thousands of oak trees. We understand that the immediate Looncall lake area was sprayed, saving trees close to the lake. We know that spraying is controversial but wanted to provide some background. Any further information or contacts would be greatly appreciated.

Today (June 22nd) Heather and Tom added:

Unfortunately the caterpillar situation is getting worse by the day and we are seeing total defoliation of some oaks and significant infestation of white pines. Last night the forest was alive with caterpillar chewing noises. It is very unsettling to ‘hear’ the trees being eaten. Luckily the fireflies were also around to cheer us up :).

We had a dock visit from our friend, Terry Rees, who also happens to be the president of FOCA, on the weekend. He reported the same situation with a Gypsy moth infestation on Kasshabog lake where his family cottage is, on the other side of Apsley. He has sourced some pheremone traps to try but unfortunately they are back ordered right now.  We are on a waiting list. Hopefully we are reaching the peak and we will have a very cold winter to kill them off.

Mike Brown | Park Biologist – Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park responded:

… our counterparts with MNRF’s Forest Health Monitoring Program have indicated that reports of large-scale Gypsy moth larvae infestations are starting to filter in now. Gypsy moth were introduced to Ontario in the early 1980’s, and have cyclic populations that fluctuate every 7-10 years. Their populations experience a regular and predictable collapse due to a build up of viruses during peak population years that cause widespread mortality. It seems that we are in one of those years of peak abundance.

I reached out to some folks from MNRF’s Forest Health Monitoring Program, and they provided me with some context surrounding Gypsy moth monitoring and control. The Province of Ontario is not carrying out aerial spray operations to control Gypsy moth, however, disturbance information from Gypsy moth (and all other forest pests) in Ontario is collected annually through aerial surveys and made available to the public through reports. MNRF will be collecting defoliation data in early July. I know this likely isn’t the response that you’re interested in, but Private land / woodlot owners have the option of paying for a registered pesticide application company to spray their trees with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis – a soil-borne bacteria), and teaming up with other private landowners with infestations to reduce costs.

MNRF recommends the burlap wrap method to trap congregating larvae, which you are already doing. This isn’t applicable to your situation right now, but extended winter days of extreme cold are also useful at destroying overwintering larvae in egg masses above the snow line.

Some of Ontario’s intact forest tracts are quite resilient to forest pests, even during population peaks, and can withstand mass defoliation events. I wish I could be of more help, but I think your best bet may be to continue the burlap trapping that you’re conducting, if you wish to continue. I’m interested in coming to see the area of infestation to make a few observations and take some photos. I’ll plan to have a look at some KHSSP property near your cottage this week.

Update July 2nd:


The LCLCA executive is looking into further possible actions and will send updates. 

Some photos of the devastation: