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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Feeding the Deer -- not as good an idea as you'd think
The big hay bales are in the field now. Which means horses by day, deer by night. While the horses do tear the bales apart, we actually experience very little wastage because of the snow - it doesn't get tramped into mud, and the deer are very good at cleaning up the 'bits'.
A word about winter feeding of the deer... as a general rule, it's not a good thing for the deer.Which sounds odd.
But deer are designed to gear down in their metabolism over the winter, so they can subsist on buds and twigs and nibble up the cedar trees. Unlike summer when life is a buffet and their metabolism "runs hot", in winter they need about 1/4 of the food they need in the plentiful season.
So... if you load them up with corn and alfalfa, and other high protein foodstuff, their metabolism wakes up, says "hooray!" and goes back into high gear. Which means that they need to be munching about four times as much as their wilding cousins. Horses that are fed on high protein diets also 'run hot' -- with their core temperature averaging one degree Celsius higher than those on grass hay. It is one reason horses competing during hot weather endurance style competitions are very rarely loaded on high protein diets.
This hay is pure grass hay, quite low in protein, so it doesn't 'rev up' our Bambi's system. It is also a pretty much guaranteed supply -- as long as the horses need to eat -- which is pretty much all the time -- there is hay out in the paddocks. It makes it hard to prevent freeloading. We do not feed corn to the deer. We do not feed alfalfa to the deer. We do feel that feeding them occasional apples and carrots, because the quantities are so low, will do them no harm at all, nor will the occasional raid on the sunflowers in the bird feeders -- again it is about quantity. A rapid change in diet can cause all sorts of issues for horses -- and for deer, so folks coming to the cottage for a weekend and putting out big heaps of corn are not doing the deer any favours. Our deer enjoy following the packed ski trails through the woods as well -- it lets them move about more easily to find the natural food they should be eating.
There are winters, and times, when feeding may well be indicated. Usually this is in late winter, when the snowmelt is causing the browse line to get higher, and the smaller deer can no longer reach it. But usually the Ministry of Natural Resources will let you know if feeding is indicated. And once you start feeding, you really cannot withdraw from that without consequences. We have an active wolf pack in the area, that rely on the deer herd as their primary source of protein. They help keep the numbers such that the deer do not congregate in numbers that destroy the very bush they need to live in.
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Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at email@example.com
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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