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Monday, June 9, 2014
Life, Death, and the Tadpole Express
Every Spring, with the melt, we get a big pond that forms in the pasture. It is a haven for the spring peepers -- alive with frogsong. It is a fun place to school the horses through water obstacles. One year, we had an enterprising Beaver who considered turning it into a condominium. The problem is, it dries up.
This year, it seems to be drying up faster than usual. And that is a disaster for the bazillions of tadpoles and toadpoles that are currently in residence, turning the edges of the pond into a seething black mass of frog-wannabees.
Now, we understand that there is a Cycle of Life going on here. We understand that there is a very high mortality rate for frogs and toads -- which is why they lay so very many eggs in the first place. We 'get' that other species will benefit from the demise of these cute little 'poles. Including a Swallowtail butterfly who came in while I was taking the photos to land on a dried up bit of pond, that is a mass of deceased tadpoles.
We understand that Nature is not kinder, or gentler. But... we couldn't bear the concept of 100% mortality in that little pond, which is what was happening. The pond was drying up much faster than the tadpoles could grow and morph into frogs who could hop away to safer ground. If you are a tadpole in that puddle, you are done. No chance. No hope.
So we got a bucket and seive, and we began Operation Tadpole Express. I have been, for several days now, scooping up tadpoles and relocating them into the pond by the hangar, which never dries up, and which provides excellent habitat and cover for tadpoles. And little fish... Some of whom will no doubt eat some of the tadpoles, but at least it is a Chance...
Here's a look at the Tadpole Express, the muddy water seething with little wriggly tadpoles, on its way to freedom in the pond.
We are down to one section of puddle in the field now, and I have been ferrying water down to that in the mornings, trying to top it up and slow down the dry-out, to buy the little guys a bit more time. Rain would help. In the garden and the woods as well as in the pasture puddle...
We have no way of knowing how many of the transplanted tadpoles will grow up to be frogs. But we do know that those that stay in the pond won't. In the greater universe of frog tadpoles, bailing out a few buckets full of them from a drying pond can't possibly make a difference. But, it will make a difference to those in the buckets...
So, while we can't save them all, we try to save what we can.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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!
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and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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