|Explore the Rideau Canal
and Friends of the Rideau
by following these links:
The Rideau Canal
What's A Rideau
Map of the Rideau
How A Lock Works
HOW? Leave the natural vegetation along the shore - both in the water and on the land. Let Nature do the dirty work.
Plant natural vegetation next to the shoreline. Good plants include Red Osier Dogwood, Sweetgale, Virginia Creeper and Shrubby Willow.
Loons have very short legs, making it difficult to walk very far. Therefore, they must nest close to water. Since the nests are so close to the shore, they are often easily destroyed by Wake and Wash. The loon generally lays one or two eggs each year. With numbers this low, it is very important that they survive. You can help loons survive by practising boat safety and common sense. You can also help increase the survival rate of these birds by building floating loon nests. Why are we so concerned about loons? Loons are a good indicator of a healthy environment. If there are a large number of loons in an area, it means that the water is clean and that there is an abundance of fish.
Instructions on how to build a floating loon nest can be found by going to the How to Build a Loon's Nest page.
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