First, let’s catch up on the changes to the laws. As we reported in December, every guest in 2009, will be required to purchase an “Ontario Outdoor Card” along with a fishing license. It’s really a good idea, since your Outdoor Card will make it easier to get licenses in the future, even on line, and give the Ministry of Natural Resources a good data base with which to keep in touch about changing regulations. The fee is just $9.00 (Can) for a three year card. Click here to listen to a podcast with Burton McClelland MGR of Licensing for Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources discussing the new cards.
Also starting in 2009 EVERY person entering Canada must have a Passport from their country of citizenship. If you live in the US – click here for a link to apply for your Passport. The process takes about three weeks from the day you file the completed application, so filing early is a great idea.
You may recall that outdoor writer T. Edward “Eddie” Nickens and renowned birder, Dr. Jeff Wells were out to our Miminiska Lodge last June. Their purpose was twofold. Nickens was preparing a feature article for the Audubon Magazine on the Boreal Forests of Northwestern Ontario, addressing the impact that man has made on the wilderness.The article by Eddie Nickens is the cover story this month in the Audubon Magazine and is called “Paper Chase.” Click here to read the article on line, and here is another link that has an actual log of the June trip on the Albany and some great photos.
Dr. Wells, was recording bird calls as part of his research for the Boreal Songbird Initiative. He is the Senior Scientist for this non-profit group. Learn more about The Boreal Songbird Initiative and hear recordings of the birds of Canada.