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If you are interested in participating in a province-wide trail survey conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport please read this.

The following is quoting the invitation by the Ministry for you to participate in the study:

“Improving the quality of life for Ontarians: In Ontario, all levels of government and not-for-profit trail organizations maintain a system of over 80,000 kilometres of trails for the enjoyment of Ontario residents and visitors. These trails are used for walking/hiking, jogging, cycling (on and off-road), mountain biking, horseback riding, off-road motorcycling, snowmobiling, ATVing, canoeing/kayaking, 4x4 use and other activities. Trails are located in urban, suburban, rural and remote areas across Ontario.

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has retained SPR Associates to conduct a confidential province-wide survey of trail users (and non-users) to aid the development of trails and assess their contribution to Ontario's tourism and recreation sectors and the economy generally, and to assess the impacts of trail use on individuals' health.

You are invited to participate in this survey because you have been identified as a trail user by a trail organization, or as a customer for trail-related information, or as part of the general Ontario population. Key topics covered in the survey include use of trails -- the number and duration of trail trips, trail-related expenses, reasons for using (or not using) trails, your satisfaction with trails, available trail information and related topics.

Timing:  The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. As the study is facing a tight timeline, your response to the survey by February 21, 2015 would be greatly appreciated.

Confidentiality:  All of your responses will be kept strictly confidential -- no individual response will be revealed and all survey findings will be reported in summary form in the study report.

Why is this survey important to you?  The Province of Ontario wants to ensure that all Ontarians have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of trails. Your answers to the survey questions will be extremely beneficial in helping to shape the future of trails in Ontario.

If you have any questions about the overall study, please contact: Mir Nazmul Islam, Sport, Recreation & Community Programs Division, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you have any questions about the survey or the on-line process, feel free to contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Password:  At the beginning of the survey, you will be asked to provide the following password to authenticate your invitation to the survey (please be sure to enter the password exactly as shown below):

The survey can be accessed at the following web-link:                                                

 Thank you."

Note: To receive the password, please contact Mr. Islam or Mr. Harvey directly as indicated above.

The third lecture of the 2014-2015 lecture series will be held at the Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D’arcy Street, Cobourg.

The lecture will be on Thursday February 12, 2015. Doors open at 7:00 PM for light refreshments and the lecture starts at 7:30 PM. There is no charge for the evening.

The theme of Susan Chan’s presentation will be pollinators in Northumberland.

Susan will introduce some of the native bees of Ontario through photographs and describe their fascinating behaviour and importance. She will describe how to create habitat for these bees in a variety of contexts and will discuss the role of neonicotinoid pesticides in the decline of bees and other pollinators.

Susan Chan is an advocate for native pollinators and is the author of A Landowner’s Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario. She has made many presentations across Ontario to a wide variety of audiences on the subject of pollinator conservation. Susan has an academic background in Agriculture (McGill University), education (U.W.O.) , and a Master of Science degree in pollination biology from Guelph University. Susan manages the Native Pollinators Program at the regional not-for-profit organization, Farms at Work. She is also an active beekeeper, executive member of Central Ontario Beekeepers Association, lecturer at Fleming College and Trent University, cofounder of the Lakefield Farmers’ Market and owner of Ten for Joy Farm, She and her family live near Lakefield.

Northumberland Land Trust website

A presentation that may interest you:

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:00 pm - Cobourg Library.

Talking about Turtles: The Rice Lake Turtle Project. Join Joan Norris for an informative, heartwarming picture presentation of this innovative project being undertaken "in our own backyard" to help ensure the survival of these fascinating creatures. (This presentation is aimed at an adult audience.)

A reminder about the next general meeting:

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:30 pm - Cobourg Library.

Mammal Tracks and Signs.  An illustrated presentation by Don McLeod. Wild animals in Ontario are rarely seen aside from a few notable exceptions - many mammals are active at night and frequently leave clues such as tracks, scat, kill sites and feeding evidence. Don will present a slide show with a focus on mammal species from Northumberland. More here.

A correction for a notice in the January Curlew:

Sunday, February 14, (should be February 15) 2015, 1:30 p.m. - Cobourg Harbour.

Outing, Leader: Richard Pope.  Meet at the Hibernia St. parking area at the west side of Cobourg Harbour. We will be looking for Arctic gulls, waterfowl and Snowy Owls. Dress warmly.


Some notes that may be of interest to you:

  • Ontario Nature – Bee the voice for pollinator protection. Have you heard about a proposal by the Government of Ontario to develop a ‘Pollinator Health Action Plan’ to improve the state of pollinators in the province? If you want to find out more or would like to comment on this proposal please go to the Ontario Nature website here
  • Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – Sustainable Cobourg, 739 D’Arcy St., Cobourg.
    Speaker: Dr. John Stone, Executive Director (Climate Change) for the Meteorological Service of Canada at Environment Canada.
    Topic: Climate Change.
  • 2015: The Year of the Moraine. Storm Coalition would like you to know about some upcoming events aimed at generating interest in the preservation of the Oak Ridges Moraine. To find out more please visit their website here.
  • From David Bree, Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader, Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Snowy Owls are present again in the park, having showed up on Nov 9th.  They mostly hang around Beach 3 to Gull and High Bluff islands and eat ducks they catch or scavenge. If the wind is blowing it can be cold out on the point but the water level is low enough it was possible to walk to Gul Island with just rubber boots (I recommend insulated ones!). As always though the conditions can change out there quickly and it may have gotten too slippery to walk out there with this freeze-up. Be cautious if you go!
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015: - The Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park are sponsoring the annual Soup Hike. A walk followed by a slide talk and a bowl of soup in the maintenance building (ambience lacking but company good). This costs $5/person and $8/family which includes entry to the park and books up quickly. If you are interested call 613-475-1688 ext2 and leave a message to book a spot. Volunteer Tone Careless will get back to you with details.