Hummingbird vs Ant

So….many Hummingbird feeders are a massive ant magnet.  Once infested with ants the little birds will not drink.

The trick is..one has to devise a way stop this theft.

A few years ago….I built an exotic.. ..ant mote from stainless steel that didn’t  work.   The next day or two I happened to touch up something with a paint can….wait what..here is my mote

I got a good piece of solid wire..just bigger than paperclip diameter.   I drilled a tiny hole through bottom of cup middle.  I then inserted the wire through the hole and bent a hook on each end..  Once that’s done ..I use hardware store epoxy to glue it in place.

Once set..set it up..fill the mote with water…really pisses off the ants.

As a bonus….other birds drink the water..

As a note ..I did see the other day..some have come up with this idea….maybe from my old FB post and sell it as an option.

 

 

 

 

Seriously…Is This a Dumb Move

3 BEER CANS SCREWED TO A BOARD AND SET AFLOAT IN THE LAKE ..

So…this floated up on my shore…but this type of stuff happening  over a wide range of venues  anymore…

Simply no common sense thinking!!

OK….weekend skier maybe would see it…..but some of us cut the wake at a high rate of speed…not looking for killer items in water..

What about kids on tubes ..driver doing a good job for fun…kids have no chance to avoid…a potential death blow

 

Return of Muskoka Passenger Rail .. Have Your Say

Have Your Say! Survey Supporting Return of Passenger Rail Services to Northeastern Ontario

Information Sent To Me....see survey below 

DID YOU KNOW? 51% of passengers riding the train on the north/south line before it was cancelled in 2012 got on or off the train south of North Bay.

Transportation to and from Muskoka is important for several reasons:

  • Our population more than triples with seasonal property owners – resulting in more congestion on our highways.
  • Imagine if we  invited our family and friends to come by train? Particularly interesting if Ontario Northland connects with the GO service and the rest of the GTHA.
  • Imagine if they could come up after work Friday and return Sunday evening?
  • The reality of living in Muskoka with good internet service provides an option to commuting to Toronto for employment.
  • Visitors from around the world could come by train – a very common mode of transportation in other countries.
  • Best of all – you may be able to avoid the 400 parking lot!

WHY DO WE NEED PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE IN MUSKOKA?

To serve BOTH our residents and visitors with sustainable year round travel north and south.

Restoring passenger trains to service Muskoka and points north will provide huge benefits:

  • Access to many more patrons;
  • Scenic rides attracting more tourists;
  • Reduce carbon emissions – rail produces 10 times less than road, 20 times less than air;
  • Safe, reliable service during inclement weather and traffic accidents (road closures);
  • Ease of use for those with physical and/or financial constraints;
  • Relief from increased fuel costs – less wear and tear on roads;
  • Less tiring and more comfortable than other means.

View this clip  April 21, 2019 CTV  Rail Service 

I may be contacted at 705-783-1924 or lakeofbays.lucille@gmail.com

Lucille Frith Co-Chair NEORN and CPMRT

RETURN OF RAILWAY SERVICE

 

Base Line…Lake Water

The Lake…Is our common,  front yard element..

People are still bathing and washing boats in lakes ..,adding nutrients…under the PERCEIVED idea that Bio Degradable Soap is ok .

NOT

The nutrients that we add to the lakes- especially phosphorous- are a major water quality problem. These extra nutrients cause excessive plant growth and the algae build-up you see on your boat’s hull and along shorelines. If we don’t cut down on nutrient loading, we’ll have cloudy water, unpleasant tastes and odours, and a lot fewer fish.   A very  good description by MLA

Bio Degradable Soap best described by the link here …Muskoka Watershed.

 

 

Well, Lake Processed Water and More

This is going to be…(LONG) .with tons of good info..so we will post on a PAGE and categorize it.   I am am not an expert….by any means…but outside… my job was fluid control for 30 years and as far as Brandy Lake goes…….I have been involved and water testing with BLA since its beginning  including a 3  year intense study we did with the government about 13 ish years ago… …..up until I abruptly quit the BLA recently.

The immediate question for many..should I have a drinking well water, process lake water or draw in raw and buy water?

Brandy Lake has 2.6 mg/l of tannin and this is the primary fight on the decision to process our own water.  So 1st ….here is our lake makeup.  This is my test from 2014 and  I have 2nd from 1995.  I need to do some math to compare  as the 1995 version is in PPM format

So..2014  I will further explain each line later

                                                                          Aesthetic Objective            Test Results

  • Total Hardness      less than      7 gpg                              5 gpg
  • Iron                                       ”           0.3 mg/l                            0.52 mg/l
  • Manganese                      ”            0.05 mg/l                          0.1 mg/l
  • pH                                                      7.0 to 8.5                              7.0
  • Tannins                      less than     0.1 mg/l                         2.6 mg/l
  • TDS                                      ”               500 mg/l                        83.54 mg/l
  • UVT                           greater than 75.0                                 48.7
  • Alkalinity               less than         75 gpg                         23 gpg

Pictures of some of my lake testing including the incubator and test plates.