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GreenUP: Paddling the Peterborough area’s watershed, Part 2

Bald eagle (a species in danger) noticed alongside the shores of Rice Lake, June 13, 2021.

  • Bald eagle (a species at risk) spotted along the shores of Rice Lake, June 13, 2021.
  • Blitz the dog ready to paddle forth on Rice Lake, June 6, 2021.
  • Jenn McCallum with Blitz the dog on Rice Lake, June 6, 2021.
  • A map of the ten daytrips the paddlers made to explore the route from Peterborough to the Bay of Quinte in 2021. Created by Paul Baines using Open Street Map.
  • An Oasis Pod available for booking at the Parks Canada campsite at Locks 9 and 10 along the Trent-Severn Waterway.
  • Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge along the Trent River on September 18, 2021. This bridge is recognized as Ontario’s most scenic suspension bridge, and paddlers can also enjoy views of the cliffs from underneath the bridge.
  • Northern map turtles along the Trent River on July 10, 2021. This species is considered at-risk in Ontario.

Up to now, I’ve labored in water high quality monitoring, and as an environmental educator with each adults and kids, inspiring and inspiring behaviours that improve and restore our waterways. For instance, planting native species of timber, shrubs, and wildflowers alongside our shorelines supplies habitat for aquatic and avian species, and reduces erosion.

With this skilled historical past, I’m all the time desirous to study extra in regards to the Otonabee and Trent River watersheds. I’m additionally obsessed with paddling and Ontario’s natural world, so this paddling journey was an ideal match. I used to be in a position to be part of for 9 of the ten sections of the journey, my canine Blitz joined for eight of the sections, and my husband John for seven. For others desirous to paddle the Otonabee or Trent Rivers, I’ll share some journey suggestions, and a few observations of the pure options and species of those waterways.

For starters, one of many awe-inspiring options of this space is Ranney Gorge alongside the Trent River, a part of Ferris Provincial Park in Campbellford. With its massive suspension bridge, climbing trails and tenting, the park affords stunning vistas of the river, the place one can spot many fowl species and infrequently a turtle. We camped on the park for 2 nights, and loved its facilities in addition to visits to Dooher’s Bakery and patio dinner at 52 North Pub and Grill. Alongside this stretch of the river, Campbellford Neighborhood Park is the most effective place to swim.

For boats of all sizes and styles, navigating the Trent-Severn Waterway is a well-liked enterprise, and there are some choices for tenting on Parks Canada lands. At Locks 9 and 10 Parks Canada affords Oasis Pods, sleeping lodging for 2-4 individuals, which seem like metallic water drops on raised toes. Parks Canada workers kindly allow us to peek inside one among these pods, and so they seem like they’d present a snug sleep below the cover of stars, surrounded by the forest.

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Boats navigating by the lock stations are required to pay a small charge based mostly on the boat’s size. Canoeists and kayakers will pay to boat by the locks, or can portage round them for free of charge; however typically the portaging may be difficult, with steep banks and troublesome put-ins. A number of the locks characteristic portaging docks to facilitate these takeouts and put-ins.

For any wildlife observer, these waterways are dwelling to many floral and faunal species, together with some thought of at-risk in Ontario. There are three ranges of species in danger designations: endangered, which implies that the species is in imminent danger of extinction; threatened, the place the species may change into endangered if steps aren’t taken to guard it; and particular concern, the place a mixture of organic traits and recognized threats may result in its inhabitants decline.

Throughout our journey, we noticed northern map turtles alongside the Trent River, a species of particular concern provincially, and a bald eagle on Rice Lake, additionally particular concern. All through the journey, we noticed many fish-eating species, together with ospreys, nice blue herons, a inexperienced heron, and infrequently northern water snakes peacefully sunning themselves or fishing for prey. A number of the plant species we noticed had been buttonbush, highbush cranberry, jewelweed and Joe-pye weed, amongst many others. These vegetation and animals are vital to the biodiversity and well being of our waterways, and are a delight to look at!

One among our paddlers, Ian Attridge, famous, “The encompassing hills, factors and islands offered scenic and historic backdrops to our journey. Within the again wetland bays, we spied considerable fish, stunning swamp milkweed, and little muskrat and beaver platforms. Diving ospreys and kingfishers and zooming dragonflies saved us entertained alongside the best way!”

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Sadly we additionally noticed the invasive yellow iris rising prolifically alongside the shores of the Indian River, which might type dense mats and outcompete native shoreline vegetation (comparable to buttonbush and jewelweed). I recorded this statement of yellow iris on iNaturalist.org, a species statement platform, and tagged “Invasive Species in Ontario.” When you have noticed invasive species, you can too log them in iNaturalist, or name the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711.

General, I used to be happy to see that most of the shorelines had been naturally vegetated with native species, stabilizing the soil, lowering erosion, and offering wildlife habitat. For any cottage or shoreline property proprietor trying to assist our waterways, you’ll be able to plant native water-loving vegetation from GreenUP’s Ecology Park Nursery (greenup.on.ca/nursery), and I like to recommend trying out the Develop Me As a substitute information.

All in all, we had been lucky to finish this journey in good climate and in good well being, and will surely advocate exploring our native waterways to anybody interested by connecting with each human and wildlife communities. In a number of weeks we’ll share our ultimate story on this sequence and you’ll hear extra from others who took half about how these connections can form and encourage us. We hope you might be impressed to seek out and preserve these connections by the summer time and past!

GreenUP encourages individuals to attach with nature and respect the well being and historical past of native watersheds. This guest-authored story is the second in a sequence a few group of 16 buddies (plus two canine) from Peterborough who determined to paddle the Trent-Severn Waterway from the Odenaabe (Otonabee) River within the south finish of Nogojiwanong (Peterborough) to the Bay of Quinte. One of many inspirations behind the journey was to attach with the watershed, its historical past, and the normal migration of the Atlantic salmon alongside this route.

Paul Baines, who initiated the journey and lives alongside the Otonabee River, wrote the primary of this sequence of articles the week of Could 11. The ultimate article on this sequence will probably be launched the week of June 29.

Hyperlinks of curiosity:

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https://www.ontario.ca/web page/northern-map-turtle

https://www.laptop.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/activ/tenting/oasis

http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/aquatic-plants/yellow-iris/

https://www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/sources/grow-me-instead/

https://www.greenup.on.ca/ecology-park/nursery/

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