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Ecology & History
History of the Area
 “There was a time in this fair land when the railway did not run and the long majestic mountains stood alone beneath the sun…”  Gordon Lightfoot’s Railroad Trilogy Ballad describes this area of Canada not so long ago.

 

The Round Lake area was part of the Algonquin (Algonkin) Nations traditional lands. At the time of European contact in the early 17th century the Algonquins inhabited the entire Ottawa River watershed in Ontario and Quebec. 

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For the Birds

A great activity that has a small environmental footprint is bird watching. Bird watching can be done in every season, provides exercise, and can be done with the low cost of acquiring a good set of binoculars and a bird field guide. In the Upper Ottawa Valley there are close to 300 species that naturally occur in the area.

 

The Pembroke Area Field Naturalists have published a check list for all of the 297 species.

 It’s a good time to move beyond being able to identify ducks, robins and loons and impress your visitors by reporting a sighting of a Golden Crowned Kinglet or a Blue-headed Vireo. Check out the  Pembroke Field Naturalist website at www.pafn.on.ca
 
Cormorant Invasion
 

Once considered a rare bird in this area the double-crested Cormorant has moved onto Round Lake and taken over Edwards Island. Historically the Cormorants lived along the east and west coast but started a move into Ontario in the 1920’s due to changes in the ecosystem brought on by human introduction of Alewife and Rainbow Smelt in the Great Lakes and the depression of large predatory fish. More recently the elimination of DDT has allowed the population to soar.

 

This Cormorant invasion has several impacts. As demonstrated by a trip past their island colony, their breeding colonies quickly kill off the trees and undergrowth due to the acidic feces. They will impact the fish population especially the species that live near the surface. Finally they threaten the loon population that share the same food supply.

 

An unnatural problem with not an natural solution.

(Information extracted from the April 2004 edition of The Raven)