b'Kawartha Conservationusing smartphones, tablets and com- volunteers, for four months.(continued from page 21) puters. Of course, lakefront access isClimatechangeisimpactingthe prerequisite. lakebymakingthewaterwarmer, The job of the mentor will be tomaking ice-out earlier and ice-in later. coordinate this research project withItisalsocausingheavierrainsthat conservation authority staff, lead thewashmoreproblemmaterialsinto online training session for volunteers,the lake. The removal of trees and the andprovidethemwithsupport.increase in hard surfaces around lake Other responsibilities will include thesettlement areas also have an impact.collectionofprecipitationandtem- Ongoing research studies are vital-perature data, and data entry.ly important because of the variable It is estimated that the time com- weather attributed to climate change, mitment for the mentor will be twopointedoutScugogLakeStewards Tanner Liang, an administrator of theseto three hours a week, and approxi- Director Barbara Karthein. two volunteer projects. mately one hour a week for the nineShe noted that many locals share herpassionaboutthehealthofthe lake,anditishopedthatlakefront residents take action by volunteering.Being part of one of these two new research studies may appeal to people who are isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and looking for an inter-Patrick Bennettesting activity, she said.Real Estate Lawyer(905) 620-4499 ext 222pbennett@mbjlawyers.comMBJ PhD candidate Tyler Harrow-Lyle headed up our three year lake research study.He is shown here taking a lake water quality reading.We are so fortunate to have great partners sharing the same interests, Barbara commented. Its all for the benefitofthefutureofthelake.I would like to emphasize the seniors program. Tosignupasavolunteer,goto forms.kawarthaconservation.com/ Learn-and-Get-Involved/Become-a- Citizen-Scientist.Awealthofinformationabout Lake Scugog is available to read at BrooklinPort Perrywww.scugoglakestewards.com.79 Baldwin St N229 Mary St.There is also an informative Scugog Brooklin ON L1M 1A4Port Perry ON L9L 1B7Lake Stewards Facebook page.Tel (905) 620-4499 Tel (905) 985-4141 YOU CAN www.mbjlawyers.com MAKE A DIFFERENCE!By Lynn Campbell, Focus on Scugog22 FOCUS - MAY 2021'