2019 Dorion Birding Festival

2019 Dorion Birding Festival

Posted on June 28th


The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) has been a proud partner of Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival over the past ten years, and Hurkett Cove Conservation Area has played an integral part in the Festival. When the Festival Planning Committee announced that the 2018 Festival would be the last, we knew we had to do something.

The LRCA is therefore extremely proud to announce that we will be taking over the duties of planning and implementing the Festival in the future. We are dedicated to ensuring that the incredible legacy of the Birding Festival is continued, so that Dorion remains the epicentre of premiere birding in Northwestern Ontario and the Lakehead Region.

The LRCA staff that will be in charge of planning and implementing the Festival are Ryan Mackett, Communications Manager, and Ryne Gilliam, Lands Manager. Ryan and Ryne will be forming a planning committee with Rob Swainson, who we will be working closely with to ensure that the Festival continues as similarly as possible to how it has been run in the past. Very soon, Ryan and Ryne will be reaching out to the other organizations that have played a key role in the Festival’s success; Rob will be reaching out to the guides, and we look forward to working with them.

If you are interested in receiving Festival updates, we ask that you please visit the birding page, scroll down and sign up for our birding-specific e-newsletter. Be sure to keep an eye on your junk-mail folders for a confirmation email that you will have to respond to. Our e-newsletters are sent via MailChimp.

We understand that we have large shoes to fill in following in the footsteps of the original Festival Planning Committee, but we are excited to host this exciting event in the years to come. Any inquiries, comments or concerns related to the Festival should be directed to Ryan Mackett, Communications Manager, at or (807) 344-5857 ext. 228.  

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority would like to invite you to SAVE THE DATE for the Dorion Birding Festival, May 25th and 26th, 2019!   

WELLness Project

WELLness Project

Posted on June 21st

A graduate student from Queen’s University is working on a research project associated with private groundwater drinking sources (i.e. well water).  This project aims to gather information regarding private well water use and stewardship, with the aim to develop a knowledge-based tool intended for use by private well owners and environmental specialists.

As part of the study, they are interested in surveying homeowners who have a well on their property.  The survey is a collaboration between Queen’s University, McMaster University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Public Health Ontario.  The information gathered from this survey will contribute to the research project titled, “Exploring, Developing and Evaluating Drinking Water Vulnerability Assessment Measures: Implications for rural Ontario communities using private groundwater drinking sources” (The “WELLness” Project).


McIntyre River Watershed Wetland Evaluation

McIntyre River Watershed Wetland Evaluation

Posted on May 14th

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) will be hosting a public open house on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 to present the results of a recently completed wetland evaluation in the McIntyre River Watershed.  The LRCA engaged the services of Northern Bioscience Ecological Consulting to complete the study following the Northern Ontario Wetland Evaluation System.  The study resulted in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry designating a new Provincially Significant Wetland.  The new Provincially Significant Wetland, other evaluated wetlands and associated adjacent lands within the McIntyre watershed have been incorporated into the LRCA approximate regulated area, per Ontario Regulation 180/06 under the Conservation Authorities Act.

A presentation will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. by the consultant to overview the study. The study and LRCA Screening Maps depicting the approximate regulated area will be available for viewing.

The open house will occur at our Administrative Office at 130 Conservation Road.