Lyme Disease is a growing concern for Niagara’s Residents
Lyme Disease is now a public health issue and an emotional topic. With the complexity of diagnosing Lyme Disease and the current protocols in our health system, there are many questions and concerns. Here, where our forest cover is fragmented, the winters are warm and there is plenty of ideal habitat for both ticks and mice, Lyme Disease is a present and growing concern for all of Niagara’s residents.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The disease transmits through a certain species of ticks that attach themselves to humans and animals, looking to feed off their blood.
While not a common disease in the past, the numbers of Lyme disease cases are now growing at an exponential rate. In the U.S., 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease reported each year, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes that this number is likely much higher, perhaps even 10x higher.
Research shows that climate change, the decrease in biodiversity, and fragmented forest areas are contributing factors to the expansion and growth of Lyme Disease. These changes in our environment have resulted in an increase in one of the most common tick carrying creatures: the white field mouse. These mice are carriers of Lyme disease and infect up to 95 percent of ticks that feed on them. Each mouse can have up to 100 ticks on them at one time.
The fragmentation of forest cover and the increase in grassy areas, roadside ditches, and backyard gardens makes for ideal habitat for mice. While the mice flourish, the forest-dwelling predators that once kept their population in check are no linger there is large enough numbers to keep them in check. Add to that the warmer winters we have had recently and you have conditions that together increase the survival odds for both infected ticks and infected mice.
Dr. [Need her first name] Keesing and her husband, Rick Ostfeld, ecologists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY have been studying Lyme disease for more than 20 years. Their work has lead to a direct correlation between white mice and Lyme Disease. By counting the number of wild white mice in a previous year, this will be a good indicator of how many Lyme Disease cases to expect the following year.
It’s TYME to LEARN ABOUT LYME | Music & a Message hosted by Niagara Land Trust
On Saturday, June 17, the Niagara Land Trust invites residents, business owners, health professionals, educators and conservationists to join us at the Riverstone Conference Centre in Welland, Ontario between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., for this year’s annual Music and a Message on the topic of Lyme Disease. The agenda will include live music by local jazz players, a light meal, silent auction, and an evening of information and discussion.
Our guest speakers and panel of experts will offer insights on Lyme Disease, and the ecology of the ticks and others creatures that are implicated in the spread of this disease.
- What is the health impact of Lyme disease on our families and our pets?
- What can we do about the Tick problem?
- How can improving the environmental biodiversity help mitigate the problem?
Saturday June 11, 2016
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Riverstone Event Centre – 414 River Road, Welland
Join us for a special event to highlight the beauty of Niagara wetlands and raise awareness of the impact of biodiversity offsetting, as well as enjoy an evening of socializing and musical entertainment.
Following our presentation by Steven Hounsell, Chair of Ontario’s Biodiversity Council and past President of Ontario Nature, our guests will enjoy music by the Holy Cross Catholic High School jazz followed by the masterful jazz-funk-pop sounds of the Deacons of Jazz.
It will be an evening of conversation and entertainment you don’t want to miss!
Tickets include a snack buffet and cash bar.
Also available will be a silent auction featuring Niagara artists, wines & woodcrafts.
Please consider supporting this event & the efforts of the Niagara Land Trust to build & steward community forests, wetlands & agricultural lands for perpetuity in the Niagara Peninsula.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of property in Wainfleet & West Lincoln.
To reserve tickets or a table, please contact:
- Gary King email@example.com 905-734-8022 or
- Tim Seburn firstname.lastname@example.org 905-871-2577
Steven Hounsell – Bio
Steven Hounsell, Chair of Ontario’s Biodiversity Council and past President of Ontario Nature, will explain biodiversity off-setting & best practices on applying it to land-use planning.
Steven is a biologist with over thirty-seven years of experience working with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the former Ontario Hydro. Recently retired, Steve’s career path has included environmental policy development and implementation, environmental assessments, and applied environmental research where his work focused specifically on the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife. He was responsible for the development and implementation of a biodiversity policy, the first of its kind in the electricity industry. He has made many contributions to woodland conservation in southern Ontario, the advancement of sustainable development and ecological sustainability and climate change adaptation, as it pertains to biodiversity. Steve spent the latter part of his career in the Corporate Sustainable Development Group of Ontario Power Generation, where he managed OPG’s biodiversity programs. Steve understands biodiversity offsetting, has working knowledge of the process, hierarchy & examples in Ontario.
Deacons of Jazz
The Deacons of Jazz came together in the fall of 2003, entertaining guests in a variety of venues including church functions, weddings, and corporate events. Original trumpet ace Randy Brown handed the reins to Paul Fehderau, otherwise the instrument lineup has remained unchanged. The addition of technician Craig Ten Brinke has drastically improved the sound of the band.
Musically the band has evolved from a lounge act into a show band mixing jazz standards (Mack the Knife, Girl from Ipanema) with funk and pop tunes (Just the Two of Us, What a Fool Believes), originals (Love’s not so Bright, You Know) and reworked favourites (The Long and Winding Road.) The band continues to explore, venturing into uncharted musical territories in rehearsal, and occasionally in concert.
Please join us for the Niagara Land Trust Foundation Annual General Meeting 2016!
Thursday May 26th, 2016
Community Meeting Room @
Niagara Regional Police – Welland Detachment
West, 5 Lincoln St, Welland, ON L3C 5H9
(across from Gillespie Auto Centre / Honda Dealership; beside Alfieri Floor Experts)
6:00 pm Registration & Displays open
6:15 pm Members, Friends & Supporters Potluck Social begins
7:00 pm General Meeting of NLT membership
You are invited to attend!
Niagara Land Trust Members, Supporters and Friends are cordially invited to the Niagara Land Trust Annual General Meeting on June 23, 2015 in Wainfleet, Ontario.
Please join us to celebrate our past year’s successes and hear about our upcoming (exciting) plans for land stewardship in Niagara. You will be the first to hear about our Fundraising Campaign to secure the purchase of our first property, the 7.75 acre Canby Woods in Wainfleet!
AGM Program for the Evening
6:00 pm Doors Open & Registration
6:15 pm Potluck Dinner Begins!
7:00 pm 2015 General Meeting of NLT membership
8:00 pm Our Road Ahead: A Communication & Marketing Plan for 2015-17
Special Presentation: The Canby Property
Tuesday June 23, 2015
Location: Firefighters Memorial Hall 31907 Park Street, Wainfleet, Ontario
- Please bring & share your favourite main course or dessert. Don’t forget to bring your own plate, cutlery & cup!
- Network with friends and supporters of the Niagara Land Trust
- Help us help Niagara with your time and financial support
To RSVP for this event, please fill out the form below.
Join us for 4th annual trivia night!
Saturday March 21st, 2015
Trivia night to be held at :
Heartland Forest Nature Center
8215 Kalar Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 0L5
From 6:00 – 10:00pm
Trivia starts at 7:00pm
During the event a silent auction, 50/50 draw and balloon pop and of course PRIZES FOR THE WINNING TEAM! You will also be able to buy bonus questions or an answer. Bribes are strongly encouraged as all money goes towards supporting the Niagara Land Trust!
The night will challenge you and your team in various categories such as: fact or fiction, name that tune, silver screen, science, math, the environment and many others!
Table cost is $160 (8 person tables) or $20 per person. Individuals without a team will be matched at the event. Entry includes table snacks and pizza meal. Cash bar available.
All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Niagara Land Trusts and its current goal of conserving the natural heritage of the Niagara Peninsula today and for future generations.
For more information or to register contact Kevin McIsaac: 905-932-8938 or email@example.com
Organizers were relieved when light morning rains ended early Saturday and mother nature cooperated for the remainder of the Niagara Land Trust’s Botany and Birding on the Beach event at Windmill Point. Day guests began to arrive shortly before 9 AM while the overnight guests were still enjoying their breakfast cooked by Niagara Land Trust Director Tom Staton and host Kevin Rung.
Shortly after 9 AM expert birder Marcie Jacklin began the day’s outings by leading everyone out onto the Windmill Point shoreline of Lake Erie. The very first birds spotted were a pair of eagles flying high over the cottage. Other noteworthy species of birds listed during the day included red tail hawk, belted kingfisher, yellow-shafted flicker, semipalmated plover, killdeer, great blue heron, and a late great egret. A few migrating warblers were heard. The highlight of the bird tour was an eye-level flyby of a mature bald eagle, close enough for some participants to snap photos.
Returning to the cottage, everyone enjoyed a lunch of fresh perch and fries catered by Kristine of By the Water Café. Albert Garofalo, the botany leader arrived, and participants were car pooled to the starting location for our afternoon hike. On the way a quick stop was made to photograph a rare and showy stand of bottled gentian.
Noteworthy species listed during the botany trip included spice bush, turtlehead, lizards tail, and the prickly pear cactus. The group found a giant swallowtail caterpillar on a provincial rare hop tree and was later surprised and delighted to see an adult giant swallowtail butterfly gliding through the forest.
Arriving back at the cottage around 4 PM, the day’s participants were thanked for their support of the Niagara Land Trust and told all funds raised during the event would go towards the acquisition of a property to be conserved in Niagara. Before overnight guests began getting ready for the gala dinner, they were surprised to learn they would be joined by a very interesting couple from California. This couple are both professional canoe paddlers, one of whom has won an Olympic medal.
Land Trust Board members Don Campbell, Paul Robertson and Tim Seburn, as well as Carla Carlson of Niagara Nature Tours, who supported the weekend event joined the group for Saturday’s candlelight dinner. Dinner was again catered by By the Water Café. Host Kevin Rung and his wife Elizabeth did a wonderful job entertaining guests.
The Niagara Land Trust would like to thank all those who supported this event including Mary-lee Sampson Photography from St. Catharines, Harbour Estates Winery, Kacaba Vineyards & Winery, The Grand Oak Culinary Market, Niagara Nature Tours, Marcie Jacklin, Albert Garofalo and especially the Rung family for making their wonderful historic cottage on Windmill Point available for this event.
Picture above are some of the hardy souls who braved the Niagara Land Trust Spring Ephemeral Tour of Point Abino. The flower treat of the day was the blue-tinged blood root. Perhaps the flowers were cold 🙂 ? The big bird discovered was a prairie warbler doing his distintive ascending slurred call from high in the forest canopy. Many old growth trees and a much younger lighthouse were big treats.The Niagara Land Trust would like to thank the Point Abino Association and Cam Williams for granting access and helping to arrange this outing, Albert Garofalo, our botany guide, Marcie Jacklin, our birding guide, South Coast restaurant in Crystal Beach for a great lunch, Bill Reid for granting permission to use his photo, and to all our friends and supporters who joined us on this outing.
Local naturalists would like to welcome you to an original 1917 Arts and Crafts Colonial Bungalow at Windmill Point Cove in Ridgeway, on Lake Erie. We are offering two packages to choose from.
Package 1: Botany & Birding on the Beach and Gourmet Luncheon for $55.00 (Saturday, May 17).
Package 2: Two nights accommodation in this private cottage, gourmet breakfasts, lunch and gala candlelight dinner, with the chance to spend time with some of Niagara’s top naturalists. Register now for this unique opportunity of Botany & Birding on the Beach, starting at $190.00 per person, double occupancy and $205.00 for a single (Friday and Saturday evening).
This is a fundraiser in support of the Niagara Land Trust, we are taking registrations for both packages now, but book soon as space is limited.
To register please call Niagara Nature Tours at 905-562-3746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For further details go to www.niagaranaturetours.ca
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Can’t wait for Spring? Come visit Point Abino on Saturday morning April 26th to help welcome back our Spring wildflowers and migratory song birds. This is a unique one-time only opportunity to access this private woodland dune forest located by the lighthouse at Point Abino. The tour will be led by Niagara botanist Albert Garofalo and bird expert Marcia Jacklin. Your $25 sign-up fee goes entirely to the Niagara Land Trust, a charity dedicated to conserving the natural heritage of Niagara for future generations to enjoy. Space is limited to 20 participants.