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Request for Information => Birding Areas => Topic started by: stuartimmonen on July 18, 2011, 01:59:18 pm

Title: Ontario Sewage Lagoons
Post by: stuartimmonen on July 18, 2011, 01:59:18 pm
Since it's getting to be that time of year, I started working on a little project on the weekend, which will hopefully be of use to others and perhaps the expansion of which can be crowdsourced here or elsewhere.

It's a simple idea, but one I haven't been able to find: a Google Map of sewage lagoons (and other artificial or managed habitats) in Ontario:

http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?msid=2150 ... 0dcd&msa=0 (http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?msid=215071390295034379940.0004a84783d0759ae0dcd&msa=0)

I started in the southwest, and have been working east and north, so it's still very much incomplete. I'd appreciate any assistance or advice anyone might be willing to offer, but I think it's a resource worth maintaining.


Post by: thouc on July 18, 2011, 03:17:52 pm
Great idea!
Post by: newfoundlander61 on July 19, 2011, 11:46:12 am
Can anyone go to the link an add a site?
Post by: BoboBird on July 19, 2011, 12:40:09 pm
Excellent idea and what you have already done is remarkable.

I am not very familiar with Ontario so am not much help but hope others can chip in.
Post by: stuartimmonen on July 19, 2011, 01:56:11 pm
Quote from: "newfoundlander61"
Can anyone go to the link an add a site?

Paul, I can invite collaborators one at a time by email (PM me if you'd like to participate), or open the map up so anyone could edit. I hesitate to do the latter at this point, but might if the demand was evident.

I added a few more sites culled from Clive Goodwin's OOP Bird-finding Guide to Ontario today, but haven't personally visited those sites, so can't confirm accessibility. This is where collaborators would come in handy...

let me know!

Post by: stvgarrett on July 19, 2011, 09:30:26 pm
Nice initiative Stuart!
Post by: Steve Hood on July 19, 2011, 10:31:49 pm
I can add a few more from the East side of Markham where I live.  

Small sewage pond at the SW corner of Donald Cousens Parkway and Country Glen Road.  There is a resident heron there both last year and again this year.  I have seen him eating fish he caught in the pond.  There is a paved trail going around the pond.

Man made pond on the East side of Reesor Road just north of Finch Ave.  There is a pair of Trumpeter swans that have frequented the pond this year.  The TRCA has limited access (signage) to certain areas of the pond this year.

Two large sewage ponds on the north side of the 407 streaching from 9th line to the Donald Cousens Parkway (entrance from Kenilworth Gate at 9th line).  These ponds are only 3 years old but have many water birds including heron, egret, comorant, swan, etc that I saw last year.  There is a walking path that takes you around most of the two ponds.  The photo below is from last fall of one of these two ponds.

Post by: stuartimmonen on July 21, 2011, 07:43:02 am
Thanks for the additional info, hoodlum-- I'll add it to the map ASAP.

If anyone else would like to contribute, but perhaps isn't up to actual map editing, I can transfer data to the map if it's posted here in the thread. Please feel free to add personal observations, links to management or regional websites, species highlights or anything else you can think of.

Title: Brighton Constructed Wetlands
Post by: stvgarrett on July 28, 2011, 09:39:29 pm
I noted the following on ONTBIRDS. Normally a permit is required to visit the Brighton Constructed Wetlands, so if you have a hankering to go but can't be bothered to apply for a permit, this weekend might afford an opportunity. Never having been there, nor Presqu'ile, and not having any other reason to make the drive, I'm a bit daunted by the distance. So can anyone offer any opinions on the quality of birding there and at Presqu'ile at this time of year? Is it "excellent", "fair", "good if you're in the neighbourhood but not worth a 4 hour round trip drive from west end Toronto"? Any tips on what to be on the lookout for?

I added this to the Sewage Lagoons Map, and if you want to save yourself the trouble of following the directions below, here is a link to the map showing this location:
http://bit.ly/oPssX2 (http://bit.ly/oPssX2)

From ONTBIRDS, Wednesday July 27 2011 by Keith Lee keith.lee at sympatico.ca
Hi everyone, since we are still up and running I would like to invite all who wish entry to
come to the wetlands on the August long weekend, I will have the wetlands open to the
public for free for the following days.

August 6&7, 2011
from  11:00 am to 2:00 pm

If anyone would like to book tours please e-mail or phone me at home at 613-475-0881
 or Cell 613-849-8920


The wetland is located exactly 7.2 kilometres south on Highway 30 at exit 509
off eastbound 401.Follow road right through town until you see the viewing
platform on your right at the bend in the road.
Title: best lagoons near GTA?
Post by: stvgarrett on July 28, 2011, 09:49:27 pm
Not having any experience with lagoons, I wonder if any of the cognoscenti (no pun intended) would post some opinions on the "best" lagoons in the vicinity of the GTA. I have an immediate short term interest since I'm thinking of heading out this coming weekend (August 6 or 7), but if you want to offer "best" locations for spring or fall migrations or other special criteria that would be great, I'd be happy to add it to the map as well.
Title: Re: Brighton Constructed Wetlands
Post by: stvgarrett on July 29, 2011, 04:05:19 pm
Quote from: "stvgarrett"
can anyone offer any opinions on the quality of birding ...at Presqu'ile at this time of year? Is it "excellent", "fair", "good if you're in the neighbourhood but not worth a 4 hour round trip drive from west end Toronto"? Any tips on what to be on the lookout for?

As if in answer to my question, Fred Helleiner  posted the following report from Presqu'ile
http://ontbirds.ca/pipermail/birdalert_ ... 27875.html (http://ontbirds.ca/pipermail/birdalert_ontbirds.ca/Week-of-Mon-20110725/027875.html)
which suggests that the birding there is definitely good right now.
Post by: stuartimmonen on August 02, 2011, 09:35:58 am
Good news! I wish I could find the time to head east this month, but it is not to be...

I asked for assistance over at the Guelph/Cambridge/KW (http://www.naturesbestcreations.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=6478&p=33966#p33966) board, and got some useful corroboration on a couple of locations in the SW. I myself travelled up to Holland Landing on July 29 and found the lagoons locked up tight.

Josh Vandermuelen posted on his blog about some other lagoons (http://joshvandermeulen.blogspot.com/2011/07/shorebirding-july-31.html) to the west...

And Alvan Buckley posted recently about some to the east (http://alvanbuckley.blogspot.com/2011/08/sewage-lagoons.html).

Lots of work yet to do on the map with these useful additions.

Post by: stuartimmonen on August 03, 2011, 11:12:46 pm
Ken Burrell posts about a couple of SW sites (http://kenburrell.blogspot.com/2011/08/more-sewagelagoons.html).

Post by: Andreas Jonsson on August 23, 2011, 02:59:43 pm
Great idea! Schomberg sewage lagoons isn't marked on the map. Just east of Dufferin Marsh.

Edit: Also Nonquon sewage lagoons.
Post by: Andreas Jonsson on August 23, 2011, 03:02:07 pm
Here is a list of all Ontario hotspot locations on eBird with either "sewage" or "lagoon" in it name. Do you have them all on the map?

Alfred Sewage Lagoons
Algonquin Provincial Park--Taylor Statten Sewage Lagoons
Amherstview--Sewage Lagoons
Arthur Sewage Lagoons
Aylmer Sewage Lagoons
Blenheim Sewage Lagoons
Bracebridge Sewage Treatment Ponds
Bright's Grove--Sewage Lagoons
Bruce Mines--Sewage Ponds
Cardiff Sewage Lagoons
Casselman--Sewage Lagoons
Chelmsford Sewage Lagoons
Chesterville Sewage Lagoons
Dunnville-Mosaic Esterhazy Lagoons
Embrun Sewage Lagoons
Emo Sewage Lagoons
Essex sewage lagoons
Exeter Sewage Lagoons
Grand Bend Sewage Lagoons
Grimsby--Sewage Lagoons
Harrow Sewage Lagoons
Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons
Jarvis--Sewage Lagoons
Kincardine--Sewage Lagoons
Lakefield--Sewage Lagoons
Long Point--Port Rowan (Sewage Lagoons)
Mitchell Sewage Lagoons (West Perth Wetlands)
Moosonee Sewage Lagoons
Niagara-on-the-Lake--Sewage Lagoons
Port Perry--Nonquon Sewage Lagoons
Port Stanley--Sewage Lagoons
Rainy River--Sewage Lagoons
Richmond Sewage Lagoons
Ridgetown SewageLagoons
Rodney--Sewage Lagoons
Schomberg Sewage Lagoons
Smithville Sewage Lagoons
Sombra--Sewage Lagoons
Strathroy--Sewage Lagoons
Sudbury--Garson Sewage Lagoons
Sudbury--Wahnapitae Sewage Lagoons
Tavistock Sewage Lagoons
Thunder Bay--Chippewa Lagoons
Tilbury--Sewage Lagoons
Toronto--Leslie Street sewage plant
Townsend Sewage Lagoons
West Lorne Sewage Lagoons
Winchester sewage lagoons
Post by: stuartimmonen on August 31, 2011, 08:47:48 am
Thanks for adding to the list of potentials, Andreas. It's certainly a work in progress. I'll investigate and add these to the map as I have time.

Post by: Andreas Jonsson on September 10, 2011, 01:07:52 am
Hamilton area:

Mountsberg Conservation Area
Red Hill Stormwater Pond
Title: Re: Ontario Sewage Lagoons
Post by: zx003 on July 27, 2012, 01:16:54 pm
I see the Lakefield Sewage Lagoons, while being present in the last message are not present on your map.

Title: Re: Ontario Sewage Lagoons
Post by: ecrofton on September 07, 2019, 10:54:07 pm
I have a document put out by the Elgin Stewardship Council.  It's called Elgin County Birdwatching locations, and covers pretty much everything from West Lorne ON to Port Burwell Ontario.  It has a number of sewage lagoon locations, but also a number of other great sites, with info on each one.  If it's of help, that's great. I tried uploading the PDF, but apparently that's not allowed.  If you're interested, go to

http://www.elginstewardshipcouncil.com/ ... 91-306.pdf (http://www.elginstewardshipcouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Birds-of-Elgin-County.291-306.pdf)

(Sorry, I'm new here and am still learning about how to post stuff).

Eric Crofton