Hummingbird Departures 1986-2021

Cathy Burgess has been recording the arrival and departure dates for red throated hummingbirds since 1986. The departure date for 2021 was observed to be September 18. Here is a graph of her data. On a trend line basis the hummers are leaving a week later than they were 35 years ago. A bit moreContinue reading “Hummingbird Departures 1986-2021”

Website mobile device issues

Dear followers all, it recently came to my attention that although laptop versions of this website generally worked ok, the mobile versions, such as for an iphone or ipad, did not show many of the charts and pictures. This, hopefully, has now been remedied. Please, if you note any malfunctions, it would be highly appreciatedContinue reading “Website mobile device issues”

2020 Lake Partner Program Phosphorus Report for the Kawarthas

The Kawartha Stewards Association (KLSA) recently published this report on phos in their set of lakes. (Chandos is not included). These lakes are flow-through, meaning that one flows into another, and so phosphorus levels in one lake can affect levels in the downstream lake. It also means that the levels can vary widely. On aContinue reading “2020 Lake Partner Program Phosphorus Report for the Kawarthas”

Gilmour Bay Namesake

Gilmour Bay was most likely named after the Gilmour Bay Lumber Baron family from Trenton. If you have 66 minutes or so, it is very informative to watch the Youtube video “Lumber Baron- The Gilmour Years” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY0HfX5XciQ The last 5 minutes or so has a really hilarious sketch called “the sawmill” -very chaplinesque. WeContinue reading “Gilmour Bay Namesake”

Radon – What is it and where does it come from?

updated 28 May 2021 The recent interest in the radon health concern has resulted in some questions about radon’s origins. As we know, there is a concern about radioactive radon gas in dwellings, especially those in the Canadian Shield, such as those at Chandos.  Where does this radon come from?  This note attempts to beContinue reading “Radon – What is it and where does it come from?”