Drone Video of Lake Joseph Properties

In celebration of fall, we’d like to share with you one of the stunning videos we have from one of our properties. Back in November, Pure Muskoka made an amazing drone video of one of our properties on Lake Joseph. This video gives a great view of why we feel that protecting our natural spaces is so important. Check it out here or down below. This video really highlights a lot of the beautiful places that we have in Muskoka and why it’s so important to keep them protected for future generations.

Cool Drone Video of Dahwamah Island

Muskoka Conservancy is working with property owners and the Lake Joseph community to conserve beautiful Dahwamah Island.

Take a tour of what could be the next big conservation success story! Check out this drone video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA-hx2_JFD4

Learn more about the Dahwamah conservation effort at: http://muskokaconservancy.org/help-conserve-dahwamah-island/


Muskoka Conservancy Announces 37th Conservation Property


Muskoka Conservancy is pleased to announce that a small but significant nature reserve has been established following the generous donation by The Bert Cross Family of Bracebridge. Muskoka’s newest nature reserve is just 10.5-acres, but it is significant because it is the first protected section of Henry Marsh, a well-known and popular wetland destination for birders and naturalists.

“A debt of gratitude is owed to the Cross Family,” said Scott Young, Muskoka Conservancy Executive Director. “This is a family that values nature, and clearly appreciates this specific property as part of a locally significant natural feature, Henry Marsh. They are willing to back that up by donating their land. We are absolutely thrilled to facilitate the process and carry the responsibility to protect this land forever.”

The conservation land will be the 37th property stewarded by Muskoka Conservancy’s staff and volunteers.

The Bert Cross Family Nature Reserve, Henry Marsh, and the surrounding woodlands are critical habitat to local breeding birds. Golden-winged Warbler, Red-shouldered Hawk, Least Bittern, American Bittern, and Pied-billed Grebe have all nested there. During spring and fall migration the area is an excellent location to find songbirds, and the thermals rising off the ridge of land to the south of the marsh are inviting to hawks. Otters and beavers are seen frequently, along with the occasional Moose and Black Bear. Eastern Coyotes have also been heard howling and yipping at night. Dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, and moths are also attracted to the wide variety of flowering plants.

“The only way Muskoka Conservancy does any of this is by working with partners,” said Young. “Our friends at the Muskoka Field Naturalists made a generous donation to help establish this new nature reserve, and we thank them. We are working with other partners, and we plan to continue reaching out to the particular parties who have all the control when it comes to protecting Henry Marsh.”


Concerned about invasive plants?

Thanks in large part to a recent media push by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, people are learning more about invasive species, in particular Giant_Hogweed. Occasionally, we have people bring a bag of some suspect weed into our office, and we try to help them identify what they’ve got and what they can do about it. There’s a wide range of solutions, and an even wider range of opinions. We talk to people who say “let-it-be,” and others who are convinced the answer is “spray! spray! spray!” Quite often there’s a recognized best practice, and that’s what you’ll generally hear from Muskoka Conservancy.Image result for giant hogweed

For some invasives in some situations, simply pulling it out is the best solution. If you click on the above link for Giant Hogweed, for example, you’ll find out that protective clothing, safety glasses, and gloves are a very good idea for pulling this particular plant. Proper disposal is also very important. If invasive plants are not disposed of properly, they can spread. We recommend you do your research.

As for preventing invaders from gaining a foothold in Muskoka, many of these plants arrive here because people like showy plants in their gardens.  We highly recommend you plant native species when you’re gardening. You can learn more at www.thecornergarden.ca or better yet, come visit us at The Corner Garden at Quebec and Dominion Streets in downtown Bracebridge. It’s a native plant demonstration garden designed for learning and enjoyment. Just ask for Vienna or Reese.

Hope to see you soon.


Safe Quiet Lakes Survey

Your lakes, your views – 2017 survey! Please take time to fill out this survey that gathers opinions and experiences from everyone who uses Muskoka waterways.


The survey will be available online from Monday June 12th to Monday July 10th, 2017.

This 2017 research will help Safe Quiet Lakes to better understand your interests.  We want to know the positives about your activities on the water and the lake environment, and what, if anything, detracts from your enjoyment the lakes.

Your responses are entirely confidential. Results will be tabulated by an expert research firm, ERIN Research Inc., and reported in aggregate form. No individual participant or their responses will be identified. Safe Quiet Lakes will distribute a summary of the report available to participating associations and on its website members.  Results will also be shared with elected officials, the OPP, Transport Canada and local media.

Muskoka Steward – Spring 2017

Muskoka Steward – Winter 2017



Michael Foster Photo Contest 2017

Giving Tuesday a HUGE success!

Today is “Thank You Thursday” and we have a LOT to be thankful for!
WOW – we are so thrilled with the generosity and support Muskoka Conservancy received earlier this week on Giving Tuesday. In one day alone, we raised $5195 through the online campaign – well above our target of $2000. With our matching donors who pledged $2000, this brings our total to $7195! We are ecstatic and it is all thanks to YOU!

Some of our supporters and volunteers stopped by our office last week to share their message and their #UNselfie photos of why they support Muskoka Conservancy, not only on Giving Tuesday, but all year long – thank you to them for contributing to the movement and inspiring others to also give! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed and pushed us to exceed our goal – we are speechless!

On Tuesday, you showed us that you care about protecting Muskoka’s natural spaces and we couldn’t be more proud to steward your gifts. Our Legacy Fund received a huge boost thanks to you and we look forward to continuing to protect natural spaces in Muskoka in perpetuity.

Thank you so much.

Muskoka Steward – Fall 2016