11 Cool Things You Never Knew about Fireflies

E82F153D-6E65-4A3D-BEC7-66363C1D2636The flashes of fireflies on a warm summer night remind many of us of our carefree childhood sense of wonder. With firefly season almost upon us, their enchanting light displays will soon spark our curiosity and capture our imaginations.

Perhaps because we are so familiar with them, either from growing up chasing them or seeing them portrayed in art, film and books, we may think that we know all about these simple insects. Yet our flashy friends have a dark side that includes little-known tales of deception, poisoning and death. As summer approaches, here are 11 cool things about fireflies that you might not know. MORE.



The Upper Rideau Lake Association (URLA) is launching a new “sapling program” for 2020, to support the planting of up to 300 saplings on the shoreline/adjoining properties of Upper Rideau Lake and its watershed.  

This habitat restoration program will supplement the existing URLA small seedling program, by planting larger plants to more immediately improve lake water quality and the shoreline environment.  Let’s do everything we can to improve our lake water quality!

Saplings will be a “2 gallon size, comprising indigenous species of trees or shrubs. (These plants are between 1 and 4 feet in height, depending on species.)

Trees/shrubs are offered to URLA members and others on the lake/watershed on a “first-come, first-first served” basis. The exact mix of species will depend on availability from the nursery in the fall.

Cost to URLA members is $3.00/sapling.  The price for non-members is $12/tree both prices are fantastic savings!

Please note: Maximum order is 5 trees/shrubs per household.

Payment in advance we need your payment by September 30, 2019. Electronic fund transfer to URLA is the preferred payment method. 

Your trees will be available for pickup in early May 2020.

In launching this vital program, we want to very much thank our funding and supplier partners, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA), and the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation (RLEF).

Jane MacDonald’s reasons to plant trees

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URLA 30th Annual general meeting 2019

July 6th. 2019, 10am
North Crosby Community Centre
Shillington Park,
8th. Concession/County Road 10
Westport, ON


Arie Hoogenboom, Mayor, Township of Rideau Lakes

Robin Jones, Mayor of the Village of Westport

Michael Yee, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

9:30am – Coffee and muffins
10:00 am – Meeting
Noon – Hot dog BBQ (free)

Everyone welcome – Come and join us



Please pay your Annual membership fees now,
Upper Rideau Lake Association
2019             $30.00

Membership fee is $40.00 after our Annual general meeting

Please Click HERE NOW to complete your payment through FOCA 
You will be taken to the URLA payment page at FOCA.

Members agree to:

  • Membership is from Jan 1 to Dec 31. Fees are payable to the Upper Rideau Lake Association by mail or using the FOCA payment link  Fees must be paid to have access to member only benefits.
  • Unaudited financial statements will be prepared annually by an accountant and made available to members.
  • Membership is for one family and may not be shared.
  • Membership entitles the you to FOCA benefits.
  • Membership transfers with the sale of a home when the new member requests a transfer after closing. Email request.
  • Membership is open to everyone who cares about the Upper Rideau Lake.

Total                                                                                       $30.00

You may also join by mailing your information and your cheque URLA_MEMBERSHIP_FORM

Membership fee is $40.00 after our Annual general meeting

We have added a new page to our website with information for boaters.

Boaters code
Boaters licence
Boater Skills
Boating Ontario
Canadian Safe Boating Council
Life Saving Society of Canada
Marine Safety
National Marine Manufacturing Association
Ontario Sailing Association
Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association
Paddle Canada
Save boaters guide
Wakeboard and Waterski Canada

Visit our new page Boating



Resources for
road associations
from FOCA


We are looking for volunteers on committees to run the programs people liked in our First survey summary.

Please volunteer by completing this contact form.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

To: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Care Providers
From: Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health
Date: March 19 2019
Subject: Ticks and Lyme Disease
The 2018 tick season was much lighter than in 2017, with fewer reported cases of Lyme Disease, likely because of the dry summer. Reported cases of Lyme Disease occurred throughout Lanark, Leeds, Grenville.


A detailed analysis of 2018 cases of Lyme Disease and tick related emergency visits is available on the Health Unit website at: https://healthunit.org/for-professionals/health-care-dental/communicable-disease-resources/ticks-and-lyme-disease-memo-feb-2019/

The Health Unit Reportable Disease Toolkit
outlines reporting requirements, clinical
presentation, testing, diagnosis and treatment

resources. https://healthunit.org/for-

Starting April 1, individuals can submit a picture of a tick to this website for identification and for real time mapping of the submissions.






Join or renew now. You do not need to be a lakefront property owner. Membership is open to everyone who cares about our lake. Join or renew your URLA membership online now through our partnership with FOCA: Click here.

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