2016 Junior Loons Report
By Melissa Tervit and Patty Milne
HIKE TO MINK LAKE
One nice summer day, we and everyone else from Junior Loons went on a hike to Mink Lake. On the hike we saw lots of cool bugs and plants. There were many trips, but everyone made it there safely. Once we were at Mink Lake, we learned about many plants that we saw. We also went swimming, and played a few games of manhunt. We also had some yummy snacks. We had a blast at Mink Lake and we are sure everyone else did too!
Today I went to this year’s Junior Loons water day. It was really fun! We started out talking about why we need to keep our lake healthy and how we keep our lake clean. After that everyone got ready for a kayak race. The race was really fun, and so was the water day. I can’t wait to go back next year!
Once again we wish to thank Frank and Freda Smith for inviting the Jr. Loons to Lakefest and for generously funding our activities for the day. We were treated to Hula-hoop lessons with DeeJay, awesome bouncy slides and an obstacle course race that kept us entertained for the afternoon as we raced each other many times over, and an amazingly talented face painter who created masterpieces on our faces. We rounded out the day with some fun relay races and watermelon seed spitting contests before enjoying a great meal with all our friends.
Hike – We will start off the summer with our annual hike to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. July 8th 1pm. Location to be announced – check the Facebook page and marina posters.
Water Testing – in the summer of 2016 we began to learn about how to protect the water in our lake from contaminants. This summer we continue to learn about water protection and will help Kevin Moyser from the LWCA complete some of the annual water tests. We will also make our own environmentally friendly hand soap. Date to be announced – check the Facebook page and marina posters.
Lakefest – Frank Smith has generously donated some of the proceeds from last summer’s fireworks to help fund the Jr Loons activities at Lakefest this year. The kids will once again enjoy Hula Hooping with Deejay, face painting and relay races.
Bat House Building – The Little Brown Bat is now on the endangered species list due to mass die-offs from white nose syndrome. To make life easier for the bats who remain around Lake Weslemkoon we will be constructing bat houses.
July 15-16. Pre-registration required
Poster Contest! – Create a poster to teach cottagers and visitors to our lake about an important conservation issue. Posters can be any size you like and may be created by hand or using a computer. There are 2 prize categories – best Primary grade poster and best Jr/Intermediate grade poster. Deadline for entries is Labour Day. Submit posters to Patti or Melissa.
JUNIOR LOONS ACTIVITY BOOK CONTEST
We wish to congratulate Kassia Deep on winning the draw for the action video camera. Kassia completed her Jr Loons A & B: Activity Book and submitted her work by the Thanksgiving draw date.