Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

The 13th annual Bradford area Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, Jan. 2, with 16 in-field observers and two feeder watchers participating.
The group saw a total of 46 species, bang on the average for this count.
Highlights included the Bradford CBC's first-ever ruby-crowned kinglet (the 92nd species for this count's history), the second-ever long-eared owl, three ravens, a snowy owl, 12 bohemian waxwings, a red-bellied woodpecker, goshawk, horned lark, merlin, five rough-legged hawks, and 6 northern shrikes.
It was a good day out and a nice way to start the new year.
Bradford is at the south end of Lake Simcoe's Cook Bay, next to the Holland Marsh.
Lake Simcoe Living Magazine and lakesimcoeliving.com are launching web-based TV programming on Lake Simcoe Living Community TV (LSLTV).
LSLTV will present programs about the activities and events across the beautiful and exciting Lake Simcoe Watershed, starting with the Lake Simcoe Fishing Show with Wil Wegman.
Wegman, a champion tournament angler who calls Simcoe his home lake, will feature local fishing events, the latest gear, safety on the water and strategies for catching those elusive fish.
The Lake Simcoe Fishing Show will be available in March by clicking on the LSLTV logo on the website at lakesimcoeliving.com.
Other programming for Lake Simcoe's lake people will begin later this spring. Program suggestions can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority says it has made two land acquisitions that will protect wetlands in the Lake Simcoe watershed.
With the help of the Regional Municipality of York, the conservation authority bought a parcel of land adjacent to its existing land holdings in the Pottageville Swamp Conservation Area.

The Regional Municipality of Durham and the Toronto Field Naturalists helped the LSRCA receive a donation of a strategic parcel of land along the Uxbridge Brook. This acquisition secures a 3.5 km corridor of significant forest, riverine and wetland area. The conservation authority’s Herrema property straddles the brook just north of Leaskdale Road. Downstream the Toronto Field Naturalists own several parcels of land stretching north to Fowlers Road.
Comprising more than 13 hectares (32 acres) of land, these additions bring the total land owned by the conservation authority to 1,440 hectares (3,558 acres).

“The Toronto Field Naturalists are delighted that our LSRCA neighbours are working with us to protect this large continuous natural heritage corridor in perpetuity,” said Bob Kortright, President of the Toronto Field Naturalists.
“The conservation authority and its partners are making a significant investment in environmental health of Lake Simcoe by protecting these wetlands in the watershed,” says Virginia Hackson, chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.
Wetlands perform a critical function for the health of Lake Simcoe by filtering river water before it reaches the lake. In addition, the wetlands help to protect downstream communities from flooding as they slow and absorb spring run-off.
Largely undisturbed by human activities, the extensive areas of cattail marsh in the wetlands also provide breeding habitat. Visitors may see muskrats, common snipes, least bitterns, waterfowl and many species of frogs. Closing the gap in the chain of protected land helps ensure that the lands remain natural and gives wildlife a protected habitat.

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