March 2017 Newsletter

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Thank you to everyone who came out to our first Café Scientifique! Soren Antosz gave a wonderful presentation on Gatineau Park and facilitated a discussion on everything from legal protection of the park to unofficial trails to the environmental impact of ski wax!

The week of March 19 includes many events related to CPAWS Yukon’s Protect the Peel campaign. On March 22 there will be a Supreme Court of Canada hearing beginning at 9:30am. A Water Ceremony will be also be held for the Peel Watershed (time and location TBD). A Peel Portrait Gallery Reception will follow the Supreme Court case at SAW Gallery. The public reception will include a Q&A with the curators of the exhibit Protecting the Peel Watershed: Voices from Canada’s North. On March 23 at 3:00pm at Carleton University a panel discussion, Protecting the Peel Watershed: Indigenous rights, conservation and the law, will feature Thomas Berger. Space is limited so register as soon as possible. To learn more about Protect the Peel and their upcoming events read more.

Unfortunately our next hike at Crazy Horse Trail in Carp on March 26 will be cancelled. We are in the process of making our next series of hikes so stay tuned. To learn more about our events please see our website, facebook, twitter, instagram and

Join us and our speaker Lynn Remmelgas on Monday April 10 for our next Café Scientifique at 7:00pm at the Fox and Feather. Lynn will speak about coyotes and her work on the human-carnivore conflict, particularly related predator conservation management programs. 

CPAWS-OV’s AGM will be held on April 26 at the Moore Farm Estate in Gatineau, Quebec. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting begins at 7:00pm. The annual meeting is an opportunity for you to learn more about our activities of the past year, our priorities for the year ahead and most importantly, an opportunity for you to get involved.
To register for any upcoming events or to learn more contact Jesse at

Summer 2017 Dumoine River Art Camp

Apply for CPAWS-OV's Summer 2017 Dumoine River Art Camp from August 2-7, 2017. The Art Camp will bring together artists working in different mediums and from communities across the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

We will explore the Dumoine River, create works of art, share stories and become inspired by this magnificent landscape. Applications for artists to participate will be open from March 1 – April 30, 2017. Applications can be found here. On May 15, 2017 we will officially announce the artists who have been selected to attend. There will be no cost to participate in the art camp, however each artist is asked to donate a completed piece to an art auction. 

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is one of the fastest spreading infectious diseases in the world. Lyme disease is carried by ticks, which are migrating all across Canada at an alarming speed. Protect yourself, particularly in forested areas by wearing long sleeves, wide brimmed hats and regularly checking yourself for ticks. Please sign this petition asking the Canadian Government to reject the current draft Action Plan for Lyme disease. The framework must recognize the seriousness of this disease for us all. Learn more.

A story of ruffled grouse by Stephen Knowles

On Saturday February 19, I suppose I was 80% over my 3 week cold when I reported for my volunteer winter patrol at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Old Chelsea. It was my first day on skis since January 27 so I felt a bit wobbly. When I got to parking lot P12 on Meech Lake, I discovered that my skis were not in the car.  I had put them in a corner of the Visitor Centre while I renewed our Friends of Gatineau Park membership.  Checking my pack I also saw that my radio was no longer attached to the hip belt.  So back to the Visitor Centre I went. 

Fortunately the attendant had found the radio on the floor and my skis were where I left them.  The radio had apparently detached itself while I was filling out the Friends of Gatineau Park form.  I finally started skiing in Patrol Sector 5 at 11:00 am, an hour late and was on Ridge Road at noon, destination McKinstry Shelter where I was looking forward to resting and grilling cheese sandwiches wrapped in tin foil on the wood stove.  About half way between where the 2 branches of the Wolf Trail cross a ruffed grouse crossed in front of me.  I carefully pulled out my camera expecting it to take off but it didn't.  In fact it approached me, apparently expecting to be fed. 

I laid myself down to get a better shot, not easy to with my skis still on. The grouse approached me and gave me a peck on the hand.  Others arrived to see this potentially dangerous incident. We finally left but the grouse followed briefly intent on damage for sure.  I naturally radioed in the incident.  Not very often does one get roughed up by a ruffed grouse. The NCC will have to add it to its list of dangerous animals to avoid along with bears, wolves, coyotes and cougars. I did get to McKinstry Shelter and got back to P12 at 4:45 pm, last patroller in. I certainly felt tired the following day but nothing beats a winter day in Gatineau Park as a cold remedy!

An update on our work in western Quebec:

Despite no formal announcement of final boundaries or level of protection, 2016 was nonetheless a good year for our efforts to protect one of southern Quebec’s last wild rivers and parts of its watershed - the Dumoine.

You may recall that in 2008, the province announced protection for 1445 sq. km of the watershed, while we welcomed this news, we were concerned about the design of the proposed protected area in that several blocks of old-growth forest and other critical habitat were excluded and the long and narrow nature of the proposed protected area was not optimal for conservation. Since then, the province has made efforts to correct these issues, adding another 400 sq. km to the Dumoine, while connecting it to a nearby protected area called Wanaki - bringing the total continuous conservation area to over 2200 sq. km.

Nearby, the Noire and Coulonge watersheds have also been identified for about 800 sq. km of protection between them. CPAWS-OV welcomes this as a good first step, but our vision is for at least 1200 sq. km of conservation along those rivers and parts of their watersheds. The Noire-Coulonge-Dumoine area or the Three Sisters as they are known locally, have the potential to become one of the largest complexes of new protected areas in southern Canada in a long time. We are urging the provincial government and its partners, including Indigenous Communities and the federal government to quickly come together and develop a plan to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity - not only for conservation, but also to help develop the economy of the Pontiac region through good jobs and investment associated with these conservation areas. You can support our work through a special donation to CPAWS-OV or by volunteering with us.