November 7, 2015: 7:00 p.m. – Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Amherstburg
Join Essex County Field Naturalist, Kory Renaud, for an owl prowl at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. We will look and listen for owls in and around the park. Meet at the Holiday Beach main gate parking area at 7 p.m. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring along your boots as we will be exploring some of the trails in the park.
October 14, 2015: 7:30 p.m. – Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor
This talk given by Heather Taylor of the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority will address the following questions and issues: Who is EWSWA? How long does the stuff you throw in the garbage sit in our landfill? The plastic obsession and what it is doing to our water and planet. The “single serving” obsession and the consequences. What can and cannot be recycled? What you can do to help – small changes that make a big difference! The meeting will begin at 7:30 at the Ojibway Nature Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend!
The Essex Region Conservation Authority has created a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) to aid in targeting water quality issues. “A DEM is actually a 3D representation of the earth’s surface,” explained Richard Wyma, ERCA’s General Manager. “Much like a photograph, it is made up of pixels.” In photos, each pixel represents a colour value, in the DEM, each pixel represents an elevation value.
As part of a project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), ERCA has generated DEM surfaces for the Canard River, which is located within the Detroit River watershed, Cedar Creek, and Ruscom River. “The goal of the project is to use DEMs to find areas prone to erosion within agricultural fields, right from our desktops,” Wyma goes on to say. “This is an efficient way to help us target on-the-ground projects.”
In the coming months, ERCA will be hosting a public session so that the community has a better understanding of how the DEM works and its potential benefits. “Farmers in particular can benefit from this information as it can help to identify sources of erosion in their farm field,” adds Kevin Money, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Services. “Erosion negatively impacts soil health and water quality. This initiative will help identify sources of erosion and then our staff can help landowners access funds through the Clean Water~Green Spaces grant program to make the improvements needed to keep soil in the fields and out of watercourses, ultimately benefiting agricultural productivity and water quality.”
Windsor-Essex Cycles! The Canada South Coast Bike Tour will take place on September 26 from 9:00am-2:00pm, starting at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle. Participate in a 12 km/32 km or 70 km ride on the Greenway or tour the region and stop at some of our Conservation Areas on the 58 km or 112 km road routes. All funds raised will be used to construct the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway trail. Register for the tour at https://raceroster.com/events/2015/4355/canada-south-coast-bike-tour.
On Monday, August 24, members of ERCA’s Y.E.S.
(Youth Engagement Strategy) Team visited BASF’s Fighting Island. Fighting Island is one of several islands within the Detroit River, and has a storied history of industrial use, restoration, and environmental education. Four BASF employees met the Y.E.S. Team and provided us with a great overview of this history, then kindly loaned us ‘gators’ for the morning to enable us to travel the entire perimeter of the island.
We had glorious weather for our tour! We saw loads of turtles, had great views of the Michigan side of the river, identified native and invasive plants, and discussed how BASF and the island have played a significant role in the clean up of the Detroit River. There was much going on on the island that morning. It is an active corporate retreat and education centre, and we appreciated BASF taking the time to make our visit so enjoyable!
The Y.E.S. Team is a group of youth aged 13-25 interested in making a positive impact on the local Windsor-Essex environment. Are you under 25 and interested in getting involved with the Y.E.S. Team? Please contact Caroline Biribauer for more information!