Boat Parade Rescheduled to Saturday Sept 5th!

Boat Parade: Rained out!! Rescheduled for 8pm Saturday, Sept 5th with a further rain date of Sunday the 6th at 8pm:
Get ready for one of the few live, in-person events anywhere this summer. Social distancing has always been a part of The Horseshoe Lake Boat Parade.
RAI It will take place Sunday, August 2nd beginning at 9 p.m. in front of the big rock at the end of Shuyler’s Island.
So decorate your boats on the lake or decorate your docks and join us at the shoreline.
Let’s light up the lake!

Canadian Lakes Loon Study

Dear Canadian Lakes Loon Survey Participant and Supporter

I’m delighted to share with you an exciting new study that uses 38 years of CLLS data from over 1500 lakes to help explain why Common Loons are producing fewer chicks: Drivers of declines in Common Loon (Gavia immer) productivity in Ontario, Canada. The paper is available in full until the end of July at https://www.‌sciencedirect.‌com/‌science/‌article/‌pii/‌S0048969720332447. Please feel free to have a look.

The study found that declines in the number of loon chicks in Ontario over the past four decades likely result from a complex interplay between damage from acid rain, mercury in fish, and climate change. Similar reasoning may also apply to declines in Common Loon productivity elsewhere across Canada (see our nation-wide study published in 2013 at https://www.ace-eco.org/vol8/iss1/art1/).

Thank you to all our present and past participants who have made this possible! We are also excited to let you know that more research based on your hard-earned CLLS data is coming soon. Please watch for updates this fall and early next winter.

If you are interested in sharing this research with your lake association, please contact me for our blog links as well as social media friendly text and graphics.

Finally, please visit our new website and volunteer portal at www.birdscanada.org/loons . Here we share important information regarding Common Loons as well as the registration links to join the program. 

Stay safe and well.

Kathy Jones

Volunteer Manager, Canadian Lakes Loon Survey

volunteer@birdscanada.org, 888-448-2473 ext 124

COVID-19 Impact on Seasonal Residents

The following link to the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Association (FOCA) website provides up to date information and any restrictions as it relates to COVID-19 and the provincial Cottage Associations.

Diane Wani

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Diane Wani, a longstanding member of the HLPOA Board of Directors and the Secretary for over 10 years. It has been a difficult winter for the Horseshoe Lake family with the loss of both Diane and Isabelle Heaven within a week of each other. They will both be sadly missed.

Isabelle Heaven

We wanted to share the sad news of the passing of Isabelle Heaven on Saturday, March 14th. Isabelle was a long time Board member of the HLPOA and was known as the matriarch of the Heaven family which has been part of the Horseshoe Lake history for decades. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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