Saturday, September 26, 2020

Improving Rural Internet Connectivity

Wilgengebroed on Flickr / CC BY

Residents will have received a letter in the mail from TNRD with a link to a survey regarding experiences with internet for personal or business use. Many of us work and study from home and are struggling to get the connectivity we need. Meanwhile, we continue to pay for services we're not receiving. 

Please complete the survey before October 5, 2020.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Time to buy your ski pass!

Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 ski season! 

Here's a direct link to purchase a pass. Visit the Overlander Ski Club website for special registration instructions for Juniors / Jackrabbits / Bunnies.  

Sunday, September 20, 2020

So long, tree

Last week many residents noticed something was very different as they wandered up Lac Le Jeune Road. Our very familiar and loved tree had come down. The nest at the top was home to ospreys (and the occasional goose with goslings!). We will all miss seeing this landmark and the bird activity surrounding it.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Toad migration has begun!

The western toad migration has begun! These little guys cross Lac Le Jeune Road every summer around this time in a stretch of road near the Michell Ranch.

You can help out these little toads by taking the Coquihalla on your trips to Kamloops during migration. They are so small many people don’t even notice them on the road.

Lake Monitoring Program: Call for Volunteers!

The Lac Le Jeune Lake Monitoring Program has been quietly humming along thanks coordinator Hugh Burton and the many volunteers over the years. Going forward Hugh will still be involved but residents Colleen and Ron Lister have stepped up to take care of the scheduling and servicing equipment. 

Several individuals have indicated interest in assisting with lake monitoring. However, we could use more volunteers. Ideally we will be have enough pairs to do one profile per month from ice off to ice on -- so approximately 7 months. 

This is fun work and you will learn from the experts. You will be trained in the procedures and who knows, there might even be a t-shirt ;) 

Hope to hear from you! (Leave a comment).

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Mice in your house?

This year mice seem to be seeking indoor living spaces earlier than usual! It may be related to the cool start to the season. This information about controlling mice was submitted by biologist Roberta Roberta Olenick.


Please do not use poison to get rid of mice. I know they can be a problem if they come inside your house, but poison is not an appropriate way to address the problem. A poisoned mouse, even if still alive, can pass the poison on to innocent victims including pets and wildlife.

Poisons used to control mice not only cause a slow and inhumanely cruel death to mice and other rodents, they also kill non-target species including owls and other raptors as well as mammals including cats and other pets. Rodents that have ingested the poison and are thus weakened but not yet dead are easy prey for predators who then die from ingesting the poisoned rodents as secondary victims. Dead rodents are eaten by scavengers who again are secondarily poisoned. Secondary doses of poison that do not kill outright still have serious impacts on the health and long term survival of birds and other wildlife as well as pets.

Even if you put the poison only inside your house, that does not solve the problem of non-target species getting poisoned. A poisoned mouse can easily leave your house before it dies and get eaten by your neighbour’s cat, an owl...

Glue traps are inhumane, causing slow and agonizing death, and may catch non-target species.

The good news is there are far safer and more effective ways to control rodents besides poisons and sticky glue traps. Snap-traps usually kill mice quickly without harming non-target species. Even more humane is a live trap to catch the mice and then relocating them away from your home. Here is a link to how to make your own live trap using common household items.

You could also try cayenne pepper to keep mice away. Also, steel wool to block gaps where they are entering your house works extremely well.

Here are a couple of links about the serious negative impacts of rodent poisons on owls. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Anglers - Clean Dry Drain

Do you practice clean angling? Be sure to clean all equipment including waders, reels, nets and lines to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Clean, Drain, Dry to protect BC waters from invasive species.


Friday, August 21, 2020

Reminder about lake speed limits!

The speed limit for motorized boats is 20 km/hour. It can be tempting to travel at a higher speed if you have a large motor, but please reserve that temptation for visits to larger lakes! 

This speed limit is set to protect our shoreline habitat, but it also ensures our shared recreational swimming, paddling, and fishing activities are more enjoyable and safe for all. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Clean Drain Dry - Why and How to Protect BC's Waters

Protect BC's lakes from an aquatic invasive species invasion! It's as easy as Clean, Drain, Dry! Here's what you need to know and why you should care.