Since its beginning, the Scugog Lake Stewards have been involved in scientific studies to further understand the lake. This has included the plants and animals associated with it, the appearance of invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, Zebra mussels, and recently the pervasive alga, Starry Stonewort.
Our 2020 research program
This year because of the limitations set by response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are planning to take advantage of the many interested volunteers we have around the lake to feed information and photographs to the Stewards and our partners, the Kirkwood Lab. at Ontario Tech. University. Involvement by everyone around the lake is vitally important to its value.
Lake plant guide for all programs: On Lake Research Manual FINAL FINAL July 13 2020
- Lake Scugog Shoreline Watch– this is a continuation of nearshore studies done under our Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. Volunteers will collect water samples from their docks and store them in freezers for end-of-season pickup and analysis by the Kirkwood Lab. at Ontario Tech. University. This program is guided directly by the Kirkwood Labs. see: Erin.Smith@uoit.ca
- “Eyes on the Lake” Volunteers chosen from all around the lake will record weekly changes through photographs taken from their docks of the water and shorelines. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. These photos will be a big help in understanding the state of the lake as the season progresses and will be analysed and data derived. Also new questions will be asked of those connected to the research system.
Instructional Video: https://drive.google.com/file/
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- On Lake Volunteer Research – Water quality research conducted right on the lake by experienced but volunteer researchers. This too will feed in to both volunteer researchers and those at the Kirkwood Lab.
Data Collection Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/
d/1fsHW6PQd88D- jc1ugKncDD05rV5vcMhEiU4H- xHf0Cw/edit?usp=sharingInstructional Video: https://drive.google.com/file/ d/ 1v8fGTBwm2poZpEIajzDDpI4S4Z4tW SMo/view?usp=sharing
- Science Social Group – If you are interested in finding out more about your lake, asking questions of experts and enjoying like minds, this is the group for you. Contact: Info@scugoglakestewards.com if you are interested.
In 2018, the Stewards have partnered with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Department of Biology, and with Kawartha Conservation, York University, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in scientific studies of the lake waters and the nutrients they contain. (For so much more see our many videos on YouTube)
We have been studying changes as well in the near-shore waters and in the lake bed itself.
We are mapping developments in the plant and animal life in the lake as it changes from a plant-dominated system to an algal-dominated system.
Fish population changes in Lake Scugog are of major interest to us and to the economy of the ecosystem. The overall health and beauty of the lake is never far from our thoughts and the scientific studies underway at present have the long-term future of the lake high on their agenda. Over time, climate change will cause many changes in the ecosystem. Lake Scugog is a headwater of the Kawartha lakes system and what we discover in our quest for knowledge in the waters of Lake Scugog will give an early warning of things to come further downstream in the chain of lakes.
This work continues throughout the year with emphases on the summer months and during winter, conducting under-ice studies of the lake bed to increase our understanding of the conditions under which our fish populations and lake plants survive the winter months.
The on-going Lake Scugog research is being sponsored by a major grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This work will continue into 2020 when the results of the research will be published for all to share. With the results, we will have a unique understanding of the lake, the effects of climate change and invasive species with additional insight into the problem of the dwindling number of walleye in the lake and how this might be corrected.