Join the Public Advisory Council (PAC) of the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup for a meeting to discuss Detroit River issues. The meeting will be held on Sept. 9, beginning at 4:30, at the Windsor Airport (Conference Room). The PAC provides a venue for the public to contribute to the restoration and protection of the Detroit River Area of Concern by promoting community involvement in the Remedial Action Plan, reviewing DRCC reports, lobbying local and senior levels of government for Detroit River issues and serving as the public’s voice on DRCC committees. Refreshments are provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan on attending or for more information.
Ontario is calling on not-for-profit community groups, youth groups, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and other local groups to help protect and restore their part of the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant. The fund, now in its fourth year,supports community projects with a direct environmental benefit such as:
- planting trees
- creating rain gardens
- restoring wetland habitat
- controlling invasive species
- cleaning up a beach or shoreline
- naturalizing stream banks and shorelines.
You can get a grant of up to $25,000 for your project. Smaller projects are also encouraged. This year’s fund will award $1.5 million in total for eligible projects. Since 2012, $4.5M has been awarded to 221 community-based projects.
Have you taken a trip to Belle Isle lately? If not, it’s about time you did! The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has initiated an extensive ecological restoration program at Belle Isle with support from Friends of Detroit River. Some of the projects include:
- Blue Heron Lagoon restoration, while linking some of the waterways surrounding the island, providing fish, frogs, turtles and snakes with a place for spawning and growth
- Invasive species control, including phragmites, reed canary grass, and Japanese knotweed
- South Fishing Pier improvements
For more information, check out an interactive map and interviews with WDET’s Sandra Svoboda, as she takes a tour of the east end of Belle Isle with Sam Lovall, project manager for Friends of the Detroit River.
August 12, 2015: 7:30pm – Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor
Caroline Biribauer, ERCA’s Outreach Coordinator, will speak at the Essex County Field Naturalists’ meeting on the various programs geared to engage the public in our local flora and fauna. Schoolyard Naturalization, Citizen Science, Youth Engagement, and ERCA’s Native Gardens Network will be discussed. Caroline has been with the conservation authority for just over ten years, coordinating volunteers in a wide variety of programs, events, and activities in that time. She has lived and worked in various corners of the Carolinian Life Zone, which has served her well during her 6+ year tenure on the Board of the Carolinian Canada Coalition. She originally hails from Toronto, worked in the United States for just over two years for an environmental non-profit, and has been in the Windsor-Essex area since 2002. Everyone is welcome!
In partnership with the City of Windsor and the Essex County Field Naturalists’ Club, the DRCC participated in the 2015 BioBlitz on July 18, 2015. Despite soaring temperatures, the BioBlitz attracted over 60 experts and hundreds of amateur volunteers who came to identify as many species (including fungi, lichens, plants, fish, birds and insects) as possible within a 24-hour period. The public had the opportunity to join expert-guided hikes and kids got up close and personal with Wild Ontario’s live birds and Sciensational Sssnakes hands-on exhibit. The BioBlitz encompassed the Ojibway Prairie Remnants, including Ojibway Shores on the Detroit River, in the City of Windsor and town of LaSalle. We won’t have a final tally for several months but one new species of fly for Canada has already been identified. Stay tuned!