Voles and Naturalized Areas

Rodents are one of the most successful animal groups and mammals because of their ability to occupy nearly every habitat around the globe. The integration of residential communities and naturalized areas, such as Assiniboine Landing creates the potential for humans to interact with a variety of rodent species they may not otherwise encounter. Rodents thrive in conditions with an abundance of vegetation to provide food and overhead cover to protect them from predators. Due to the nature of many of these rodent species, property damage can occur and is influenced by many factors including the species of rodent, the phase of its population cycle, it’s reproductive cycle, the natural history of the habitat, the type of edge conditions that exist, and weather conditions.

Voles, a common rodent in the Winnipeg area prefer open spaces, such as grasslands and heavy ground cover of grasses, or grass like-plants. They typically require a full canopy cover for protection from predators and to establish their system of runways. They travel using a system of shallow burrows and runways underneath vegetation and snow.

Primarily vegetative foragers in the summer voles feed on grasses and a variety of weedy plants. During the winter months they eat grains, seeds, trees, bark, and roots. Their population fluctuates and generally peaks every two to five years. It’s during these population peaks when voles cause damage to lawns and ground covers by feeding and the construction of runway and tunnel systems. Solutions to reduce the likelihood and severity of vole damage include eliminating weeds, ground cover, and litter around lawns and mowing lawns and turf regularly and clearing mulch at least one meter from the base of trees.

Native grasses have much deeper root systems than non-native species (lawn grass/sod). These long roots give native species the advantage when it comes to competing for water and nutrients. Voles mainly occupy shallow burrows and runways beneath the vegetation and snow feeding on vegetation both above and below ground in these zones. The “super” roots of native grasses are established well below the zone where voles mainly occupy (Figure 1). Voles have little to no effect on the established native grass plantings nor are they attracted to native grasses.

Voles have little impact outside of areas that provide overhead cover from predators. Even without naturalized areas, they will inhabit areas along tree-lines and ditches. Voles will likely be a factor no matter how public areas are handled, but the abovementioned solutions make homes and yards less attractive to this species.

Figure 1

Reference
Rose, P. The Effect of Rodent in Naturalized Areas. Native Plant Solutions. Winnipeg, MB

Home Owners Association BBQ

The 2014 Annual Assiniboine Landing Home Owners Association BBQ is on Sunday, June 8th from 5:00 PM. till the boys go to bed. It takes place on the Hermitage Service Road out front of #30 (Tim and Sandy’s house). All are welcome for a cost of $15.00 to $20.00 /per household (cost is dependent on organizational costs) and fees are collected at the BBQ. Hamburgers, smokies, hot dogs, chips, veggies, soft drinks treats all included.

Individuals are encouraged to bring a chair and if they want something different to drink then they need to bring it. Anyone wishing to bring a guitar or other instrument is encouraged and all those who wish to bring cookies or such are also encouraged to do so.

If a family is planning on attending (this can include extended family as well as friends) then please let Tim Durnin-Richards know at timdr@mymts.net.

Home Owners Association BBQ

The Annual Assiniboine Landing Home Owners Association BBQ is on Saturday, June 8th from 5:00 PM. till the boys go to bed. It takes place on the Hermitage Service Road out front of #30 (Tim and Sandy’s house). All are welcome for a cost of $15.00 to $20.00 /per household (cost is dependant on organizational costs) and fees are collected at the BBQ. Hamburgers, smokies, hot dogs, chips, veggies, soft drinks treats all included.

Individuals are encouraged to bring a chair and if they want something different to drink then they need to bring it. Anyone wishing to bring a guitar or other instrument is encouraged and all those who wish to bring cookies or such are also encouraged to do so.

If a family is planning on attending (this can include extended family as well as friends) then please let Tim Durnin-Richards know at timdr@mymts.net.

2013 Annual General Meeting

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the A.L. Homeowners Association Inc. will be held

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

7:00 pm

Breezy Bend Country Club

7620 Roblin Boulevard, Headingley, Manitoba

Welcome to the Assiniboine Landing Blog

With its naturalized beauty and stunning homes there is no doubt that Assiniboine Landing is a different kind of community. Conceived as a sustainable development, Assiniboine Landing is lifted above the norm not only by its aesthetic advantages but also by its residents. The people who live here are invested in Assiniboine Landing on every level with a sincere desire to know what’s happening in their community.

In that light we welcome you to the Blog section of the Assiniboine Landing community website. On this page you will find updates as to what’s new in Assiniboine Landing as well as information relevant to your home and neighbourhood.

One area that seems to raise questions is fencing and naturalized planting requirements. As you know, Assiniboine Landing is a nature lover’s paradise. One of the core concepts of the area is blending homeowner’s property with the natural beauty of the area. As such, the developer has created a set of carefully planned guidelines that homeowner’s are asked to follow.

Fortunately all that information is available on this very website.

To learn a little about what makes Assiniboine Landing so unique in its naturalized beauty check out the Living with Nature Guide.

To review the Assiniboine Landing Community Development Guidelines click here.

For specifics on what is required of your landscaping and fencing click Naturalized Areas and Fencing Requirements.

For answers to some frequently asked questions Click Here.

If you have any further questions or comments please contact us at landinfo@qualico.com.