Pêche Island Day 2017

On Saturday September 23 2017, guests from across Windsor-Essex celebrated World Rivers Day by crossing the Detroit River to visit Pêche Island. The island is only accessible by boat, kayak or canoe, and so many of the visitors experienced this hidden gem for their first time. With the help of Windsor Essex County Canoe Club, the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Windsor from the University of Windsor, and Captain Dan Leavoy and his Fish Tank, 531 people and 40 volunteers made their way to the City of Windsor’s hardest to get to park.

While on the island, guests were able to walk around on the trail system, see the historical Hiram Walker summer house ruins as well as 175 year old native trees and lush wetlands. In addition, guests helped to install a new Bald Eagle platform with the hope to encourage the birds to come back to Pêche Island.

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the Detroit River and Peche Island. This even couldn’t have been possible without our partners including Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), City of Windsor, Windsor Essex County Canoe Club and Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario.

Pêche Island Day 2017 Photo Gallery

Media Coverage

Windsor Star. (2017). Crowds flock to discover Peche Island. Link: http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/peche-island-day-draws-huge-crowds

CTV News Windsor. (2017). Record set as heat warning continues. Link: http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/record-set-as-heat-warning-continues-1.3603271

CBC News Windsor. (2017). Windsorites will have rare opportunity to visit Peche Island Saturday. Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/windsorites-will-have-rare-opportunity-to-visit-peche-island-saturday-1.4301356

Detroit River Canadian Cleanup. (2017). Celebrate World Rivers Day on Peche Island! Link: http://detroitriver.ca/peche/

The Windsor Star. (2017). Help build bald eagle platform during Peche Island Day. Link: http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/help-build-bald-eagle-platform-during-peche-island-day

WindsoriteDOTca. (2017). Celebrate Peche Island Day. Link: https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiQgdnh1MDWAhVKwWMKHbGZDgsQFggyMAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwindsorite.ca%2F2017%2F09%2Fcelebrate-peche-island-day%2F&usg=AFQjCNH9tL1jkaY6lHqQB49LW_cU9cEnBA

CBC News Windsor. (2017). Afternoon Drive visits Peche Island. Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/programs/afternoondrive/afternoon-drive-visits-peche-island-1.4303768

CBC News Windsor. (2017). Exploring Windsor’s Peche Island. Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/exploring-windsor-s-peche-island-1.4303742

Essex County Geocachers to Host Fall Cleanup at Devonwood Conservation Area

Cache In – Trash Out!

Essex County Geocachers will be holding their fall CITO (cache in trash out) event at Devonwood Conservation Area Saturday September 30th 2017. Participants will meet in the parking area at 10:30am, the trash cleanup will begin at 11:00pm and run until about 1:00pm.

All Are Welcome!

If you would like to learn about Geocaching and/or just participate in cleaning up this great urban park within Windsor city limits please stop by. Park info and direction can be found at this link:  http://erca.org/conservation-areas-events/conservation-areas/devonwood/

  • Cleanup supplies will be provided for all volunteers.
  • Please bring a water bottle and any snacks you might need.
  • Wear sturdy shoes such as rubber boots or hiking boots. No open toed shoes or flip-flops.
  • It is a good idea to pack sunscreen and bug spray.

For more questions about the cleanup event, please contact Michael Burr at mburr08@gmail.com.

Essex County Geocachers


It is the goal of the Essex County Geocachers organization to provide information and support to the Southern Ontario Geocachers community. To help educate both new cachers and our community in general about our sport/hobby. We will work with land managers, property owners and municipalities to provide information about geocaching showing the benefits this can have to our communities such as tourism. To learn more, click here: http://www.essexcountygeocachers.org/

ECGC Group Photo

Essex County Geocachers

Is Your Urban Forest Healthy?

Save trees in your community by becoming a forest health volunteer!

You’re Invited to attend the Forest Health Volunteer Training Session to learn to detect insect and disease problems in trees.


When: Wednesday July 26th 2017 Volunteer Training Poster Final-page-001

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Where: Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON

RSVP by e-mailing volunteers@bioforest.ca

Download the poster here.

Herb Gray Parkway Vegetation and Snakes Factsheet

An information factsheet on snakes for property owners published by the Ministry of Transportation relating to the Herb Gray Parkway is now available. The factsheet introduces snakes native to the area as well as best management practices landowners can adopt to protect them.  

AMHERSTBURG, ONTARIO- JULY 11, 2013- Canard River Park- Eastern Foxsnake photo by Simon Wilson/ Canadian Press Images

AMHERSTBURG, ONTARIO- JULY 11, 2013- Canard River Park- Eastern Foxsnake photo by Simon Wilson/ Canadian Press Images










Download Here

Snake Factsheet_FINAL ENGLISH

Snake BMPs Factsheet_FINAL FRENCH

Draft Binational Strategies for Chemicals of Mutual Concern Available for Public Review

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement commits Canada and the United States to prepare and issue Binational Strategies to reduce the release and impact of Chemicals of Mutual Concern (CMC). The draft strategies for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) are now available for public review on binational.net.

* DRAFT Binational Strategy for PCB Risk Management PDF (1.9 MB)
* DRAFT Binational Strategy for HBCD Risk Management PDF (964K)

At this time, we are offering interested agencies, organizations, and individuals an opportunity to provide comments on the draft binational strategies. Webinars to present the strategies, answer questions and receive comments will be held on June 28, 2017 from 10am-12pm EST / 9am-11am CST (starting with PCB followed by HBCD) and on July 13, 2017 from 10am-12pm EST / 9am-11am CST (starting with PCB followed by HBCD).

Webinar: https://gts-ee.webex.com/meet/glwqa-aqeglec.gc.ca.

Call-in number: 1-877-413-4790. Conference ID: 3112040.

More information on the Chemicals of Mutual Concern can be found at https://binational.net/2016/05/31/cmcdesig-pcpmdesig/.
Please use the Contact Us page to direct your submissions and questions by July 17, 2017.

Get Involved!

From tree plantings and clean ups, to advocacy and education programs, CLICK HERE to find out how you can be involved with protecting and enhancing the Detroit River.