May 2022 Newsletter 

April Showers Bring May Flowers 🌺 
Big Bald Lake Summer Bingo Game 

Same principle as our winter bingo game, except this time we’ve added activities that count towards the game. Get a straight line to win a pottery bird.  We'll draw one name from the entries for this 1,000 piece Indigenous art puzzle.
Big Bald Lake Coasters Draw

The Winner is: Kristen Galyen

These can be picked up at the Flanagan’s in May.

Thank you to Steve DeBarros for his very generous donation. Steve also has clocks and cribbage boards available.

If you were not lucky enough to win them, you can order a set for $50.00 Tax Included at: 

We are always looking for items for our monthly draws, give us a wave if you have anything you can donate.
Contests ending April 30th

Our Big Bald Lake Wildlife Word Search Game and Earth Month Road Clean-up draws end on April 30th. See our website for details on how to enter.

We hope you get out and do some clean-up. One participant in our contest has been out 3x already!
Welcome Baskets

Do you have any new neighbours?

We are working on welcome baskets again. Do you know anyone who is new?  Are you willing to help deliver baskets in your area? Are you willing to look after welcome baskets for next year?

Please email us at if you can help.

We are always looking for donations to our welcome baskets.
Hiking Group: I am looking to do our first hike in May.

 Email and I will try to arrange something, let me know if you are a weekend warrior or available during the week. We’ll start off with smaller hikes and work towards longer ones. 
Board Meeting 

We’re having our first in person board meeting in early May and we plan to have an in person AGM in the fall. We do need board members and committee members, so please reach out if you can help. 

Additionally, if you have any lake questions or issues you want addressed send me an email. 

Community News

Check your shoreline

Water levels are rising. Please ensure everything along your shoreline is secure. If you can't make it up, then ask a neighbour to check for you.

A  dock floated into one of the bays on the north side of the lake. If you're missing a dock, please contact us.  You can see photos on our Facebook page.
The BBLCA is once again sponsoring a hole in support of the Buckhorn Community Centre.
Burn Permit

You need a burn permit if you're having any open air fire including but not limited to bonfires, burn barrels, chimenea's, cooking fires, etc.

Fire Rules and Regulations
  • You can only have an open air fire between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. from April 1 to October 31
  • Fires must be (maximum) 0.61 m (2 feet) wide by 0.61 m (2 feet) deep and 0.61 m (2 feet) tall
  • The fire must be placed (minimum) 7.6 m (25 feet) from any lot lines, buildings, structures, trees or combustible materials
  • You must attend and watch the fire at all times
  • You must have equipment available to put out the fire
We'd like to add that it is inadvisable to have a fire when it is windy and, of course, no fires are allowed during a fire ban.

Fireworks are not permitted on Victoria Day weekend. This protects young baby animals from being scared and getting separated from their parents, please make sure your neighbours are aware of this. 

Fireworks are permitted for Canada Day on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd – between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Recyling Programs

Bulky Plastics
Trent Lakes will be offering a seasonal bulky plastics recycling program this year. The program will run from May to October and will be offered at all Transfer Station sites.

Reuse Centres at the Transfer Station sites are now open. 

They have expanded the FoodCycler Program and will be running another 12-week program! There will be 250 units available to be purchased through this program.

Drinking Water Testing

The Municipality of Trent Lakes in partnership with Peterborough Public Health is again offering free well water sample drop offs from spring to fall. 

Water samples can be dropped off at the Administration Office located at 760 County Road 36 in the upper floor main entrance lobby.

More information can be found at:
Our Green News 
Starry Stonewort

From Lucianna Adragna, Starry Stonewort Committee
Last month, we shared an update on the Starry Stonewort Committee’s activities and some useful links.  As Dawn mentioned, there is a lot of research into how to control starry stonewort (SSW), but there is currently no way to permanently evict it from our lake.

As the beauty of our frozen lake transforms into the welcoming waters of summer, it is a good time to take a look at what you can do to help reduce the spread of SSW.

The first step is identification. In some parts of Big Bald, we have very large infestations that are easily identifiable, but SSW can start out very small and is also very similar looking to other species. SSW is soft with a light green hue. It often branches in whorls of 4-6, angled toward the tip of the growth. The branches are separated by long tube-like cells. Small white stars a couple millimeters across adorn clumps of the algae.  

Here are some pictures and a link to video to help with identification

Starry Stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa)  Note: the bulbils white structure inside the red circle.
So what can you do?

Report it - even if you are not a boater, it is important for the ministry to collect information on the spread of starry stonewort. Please call 1-800-563-7711 if you spot it or think you’ve spotted it. 

Clean it - while it is best to not travel into infested areas, this isn't always practical.  If you do, please follow these tips for cleaning your watercraft and gear
  1. Once you are clear of the area, inspect and CLEAN plants, animals and mud from the watercraft, trailer and/or gear
  2. DRAIN all the water from your watercraft, trailer and/or gear and DRY all parts completely  IMPORTANT - DO NOT put anything back in the lake, but dispose of it well away from the water on land.
For more information, please visit
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has regulated watercraft as a carrier under the Invasive Species Act. This means boaters are now required to remove all aquatic organisms and clear out water before launching into a body of water.

Find out more about how you can Clean, Drain and Dry your boat:

Spongy Moth Eggs (formerly Gypsy Moth or LDD)

Eggs starting hatching on May 7th last year. So it's important that you scrape your eggs now. 

The Municipality has good information on their website about how to manage the various stages of these moths.

Here's a homemade egg scraper that can be attached to a long pole for those high up places. Materials: modified tin can, plastic jar with bottom cut out, paint roller handle, plastic bag and electrical tape.
You may have arranged to have aerial spraying done or perhaps you're waiting to see how bad the moths are this year and then may decide to have direct spraying done. Here's an explanation of the pesticide that is used.

Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (Btk) is a naturally occurring bacteria found in soil. Btk is not a chemical.

What organisms does Btk pesticide affect?
Btk only works against organisms that go from egg to larvae to pupae to moth (lepidopterans). Btk does not affect adult moths and butterflies.

How does Btk work?
Btk produces a protein that is toxic only to the larvae (caterpillars) of specific insect species. When ingested by susceptible insects, the toxic protein molecules break down the walls of the insect's stomach causing the insect to stop feeding. The insect usually dies within two to five days. For Btk toxins to be activated, the alkaline conditions that exist only in certain insects' digestive systems must be present. The acidic conditions in the stomachs of humans and animals are not present and do not activate Btk toxins, which is why the pesticide is not toxic to humans and animals.
Watch for Turtles
Turtles are already hatching and crossing the road, so do be careful. Watch out for full size turtles too as they look for nesting spots and also snakes who like to bask in a sunny spot on the road.
Kawartha Lake Stewards Association
Virtual Spring Meeting

Saturday, May 14th, from 10:00 – 11:30am

Presenters Tanner Liang, Water Quality Specialist from Kawartha Conservation Authority, and Erin Smith, PhD candidate in the Kirkwood Lab at Ontario Tech University, will discuss doing and using community science in the Kawartha Lakes, and the critical role community science plays in environmental science.

To register, click the REGISTER link or email for the meeting link.

Ticks are active at 4 Celsius. Ticks can look like a tiny speck, much smaller than the one in the photo, so be diligent.

To help protect yourself and your family, you should:
  • Use a repellent.
  • Wear light-colored protective clothing.
  • Tuck pant legs into socks.
  • Avoid tick-infested areas.
  • Check yourself, your children, and your pets daily for ticks and carefully remove any ticks.
5 Lined Skink

If you played the Big Bald Lake Wildlife Word Search Game, you may have come across the word Skink and not known what it was. 

The five-lined skink is the only lizard endemic (found no where else in Canada) to Ontario. This small lizard (usually around 5-8.6 cm snout to vent) has five cream coloured lines running lengthwise down its body. Their characteristic blue tail is actually only present in juveniles or mature young females and is used to attract predators away from their heads in cases of attack. When threatened, the skink will drop its tail which it can later regenerate. As the five-lined skink matures, its colours tend to fade into a duller brown/light brown (including those of its tail).
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