Free Lecture on the Great Lakes

The Canadian Society of Zoologists is hosting its national meeting in Windsor (

A free lecture to the public will be delivered by Dr. Andrew Muir, the Science Director of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.  It will take place on Monday May 13 at 6 pm at the St. Clair Center of the Arts on Riverside Drive. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission is a binational organization established in 1955 by the Canada/U.S. Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries to coordinate fisheries science, control the invasive sea lamprey, and facilitate cooperative fishery management among state, provincial, tribal, and federal management agencies. The Commission’s strategic vision is centered around three pillars reflective of the duties charged under the convention. Dr. Muir will provide an overview of the Commission’s science program and by highlighting new and exciting science initiatives, discuss challenges and opportunities of delivering a multinational science agenda in the 21st century.

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Little River Spring Cleanup Event 2019

Little River Spring Cleanup Event 2019

 Gina Pannunzio, Kelly LaForest and Ian Naisbitt

 On Tuesday April 2, Essex County Nature was invited by the City of Windsor, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and the Essex Region Conservation Authority to participate in a river cleanup in the Little River watershed. Windsor Casino’s Code Green group  helped coordinate the event, brought many supplies and sent numerous volunteers to this event. Thankfully, Mother Nature cooperated by being sunny and mild.

 About 50 volunteers cleaned up the section of Little River between Lauzon Road and Tecumseh Road East, adjacent to the Canadian Tire Store. They worked from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This notorious section of river is infamous for shopping carts. This was the 15th time the community has cleaned up the human debris from this site since autumn1996.

 Along with the Code Green group, there were volunteers from the City of Windsor, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, University of Windsor, Essex County Nature and the Little River Enhancement Group. This hard working group pulled out eight shopping carts (no surprise here), one lawn chair, one bike, one garbage pail, two recycle bins, industrial hoses, two children tents, a large pile of wood, an aquarium, a stove pipe baffle and 55 bags of recyclable content and landfill waste.

 We are always pleased to see local wildlife surviving in the Little River Watershed. During this cleanup we observed a Belted Kingfisher. There were many people kayaking and canoeing up this section of Little River and they were all thankful for the group to be out there.

 We appreciated Code Green coordinating this cleanup event and look forward to working with them in the future!

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