Wildlife and Nature
This image was captured on South Waseosa Lake Road. The insect is huge -- 3" to 4" in body length with a long tail or oviposter extending another 6" or so behind. It seems to like digging in sandy soil.
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Bears have a strong sense of smell and can detect potential snacks from a considerable distance. An adult black bear is also physically strong, and can move a considerable weight attempting to get at a potential snack:
It is a beautiful site to see loons, ducks and geese floating through the water and we pause to watch every time we see this. What we need to understand is what these waterfowl are doing to our lake.
Canada Geese specifically are poisoning our lake and perhaps us as well. Last year, there were two families, approximately 25 geese that took up residence on Lake Waseosa.
Members will recall that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conducted a fish netting survey in August 2015, to evaluate the state of our fish populations. We published a brief initial summary of their findings last fall, in advance of their final report. The full report has now been produced, and is attached.
In August, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) conducted fish-netting tests in Waseosa. Their report is not expected to be available until mid-winter, however the MNRF has given us a brief summary of their results.
An updated and more precise depth map was created for the lake, and temperature and oxygen profiles were collected to compare to historic data and provide context for the netting results.
A year in the life of Lake Waseosa
Have you seen this thief?
The perpetrator is a bald eagle and described as mainly brown with a white head and tail and a large hooked beak.