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Communities along the beautiful and historic Trent-Severn Waterway may not know there is an invasive threat that has crept into the waterbody. The OFAH through its Invading Species Awareness Program wants to raise awareness about a portion of the Trent-Severn near the Hamlet of Trent River, which is home to the only known wild population of the invasive species known as water soldier in all of North America.
Water soldier is used as an ornamental plant in water gardens—the likely source of its introduction to the Trent Severn Waterway. Water soldier forms dense mats of floating vegetation, crowding out native species and decreasing plant biodiversity. It has the potential to alter surrounding water chemistry, which may harm phytoplankton and other aquatic organisms. It can also hinder boating and angling and its sharp, serrated leaf edges can cut swimmers.
It is the OFAH's goal to stop the spread of this plant to other locations. Throughout this summer, OFAH and MNRF staff are on the water monitoring and mapping the water soldier colonies, thanks to a $35,000-grant from the Invasive Species Centre, and supported by a Water Soldier Management Plan. OFAH is putting out a call to volunteers to join them August 7th for Water Soldier Watch Day and help them track and monitor this highly invasive plant. More deets in the poster below...
July 6th to 14th was Ontario Family Fishing Week, an
annual opportunity for Canadian citizens to experience fishing without a
license. In Peterborough, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters hosted a variety of events to mark the occasion, including a "Learn to
Fish" workshop at Beavermead Campground and a special event for New
Canadians Centre clients at the OFAH. Here's some pics...
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) partnered with the New Canadians Centre (NCC) of Peterborough and Coleman Canada to host the New Canadians Fishing Event at the OFAH|Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre on Saturday. About 85 New Canadian Centre clients attended the event, and experienced a range of outdoor activities and education such as fishing, archery and invasive species awareness lessons. Here's some pics from the event...
—photos and info courtesy Beth McClelland