Minesing Wetlands Evening of Information

Local reptiles and amphibians take centre stage at “Evening of Information” presentation.

Utopia, Ontario, Thursday November 10th 2016 – Wonder what’s creeping around in the Minesing Wetlands? The Friends of Minesing Wetlands present an educational program about the reptiles and amphibians found in Simcoe County.

Special guest speaker Jeff Hathaway from Scales Nature Park will discuss identifying, handling and the threats faced by snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders and other reptiles and amphibians. As Jeff will be bringing local species, following the presentation will be an opportunity for hands-on interaction with the animals.

This event takes place at the Tiffin Conservation Centre for Conservation in Utopia, Thursday November 10, 2016. It is part of the Friends of Minesing Wetlands ongoing “Evening of Science” series.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begin at 7:00 p.m. While this is a free event, donations may be made at the door. Registration: Limited seating available – first come, first served!

All Friends of Minesing Wetlands ‘Members’ who join us for this event are entered into a free draw to win a beautiful framed photo of the Highway 60 Corridor in Algonquin Park by David Walsh. The winner must be present to win the draw.

To register please click the button below

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FOMW Curling FunSpeil 2016 Announcement

Join us Saturday November 19, 2016 at the Stroud Curling Club in Innisfil from 6:30 – 11:30pm for our annual Curling FunSpeil!

Sign up a team of 4 or as an individual and we’ll find you a team. $25 per person.

Along with curling fun the FOMW directors host a potluck dinner for all players. Cash Bar. During dinner we present on the some of the activities we have worked on to help the Minesing Wetlands and learn about this very important ecological area.

Call or Email to register:

Phone: 705-424-1479 ext. 263
Email: naomi_saunders@rogers.com

 

 

Tree planting volunteers needed!

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands need volunteers to help with several tree plantings in and around the Minesing Wetlands. Individuals and community groups/schools welcomed!

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Monday, May 16, 2016 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area

Contact: Shannon Stephens at 705-424-1479 ext. 239 or sstephens@nvca.on.ca.

Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area
Register online www.conservationvolunteers.ca.  Please note you must RSVP as chest waders are limited.
Contact: Jennifer McCarter, NCC at 1-877-343-3532 x237
Community Volunteer Tree Plant
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Minesing Wetlands Conservation Area
Register online www.conservationvolunteers.ca.  Please note you must RSVP as chest waders are limited.
Contact: Jennifer McCarter, NCC at 1-877-343-3532 x237

 

Minesing Road Cleanup

As part of the Adopt-A-Highway Program the Friends of Minesing Wetlands will be cleaning up the garbage along side George Johnston Road (Cty Rd 28) on Sunday April 17 from 9am to 12pm. There will be a BBQ and warmup at the Tiffin center following the clean up.

To participate in this FOMW event please meet us at the Willow Creek Canoe Coral on George Johnston Rd. for 9am on Sunday April 17. Garbage bags, gloves and safety vest will be provided.

Please RSVP for this event by contacting Naomi Saunders: nsaunders@nvca.on.ca

 

Spring Paddle Announcement

**FULL – both paddles are now full and we are not accepting anymore RSVPs**

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands are excited to announce two dates when we will be leading trips into the Minesing Wetlands via canoe or kayak! April 23rd and May 7th.

To join us on the 23rd of April, please contact Naomi Saunders:
nsaunders@nvca.on.ca

If you would like to join us on May the 7th, please contact Kristyn Ferguson :
Kristyn.Ferguson@natureconservancy.ca

This will reserve a spot for yourself and anyone accompanying you. We only take 12 guest boats per trip.

We will meet at 8:30 a.m. (at the latest) at the Willow Creek Canoe Coral on George Johnson Road (County Road 28) in Springwater Township. This should give us enough time to off-load our canoes and shuttle our cars to the end destination which is approximately 10 minutes away. Hopefully this will be done quickly so that we can get on the water for 9 a.m. The trip will take approximately 5 hours.

Dress appropriately for the weather conditions of the day, which should include high cut boots or rubber boots for possible portages. Also, bring extra clothing in case you get wet. Bring your own warm drinks, snacks for along the way, and a packed lunch for our break around noon.

At least a basic paddling knowhow is required for this trip. All boats must be equipped with the required safety equipment (lifejackets, bailer, whistle, light and throw rope). We do not rent equipment however if you need a boat there are at least three local providers you can contact.

The cost for joining us is $40 for non-members and $20 for members. This includes safe passage with certified leaders and ecological interpretation of the Minesing Wetlands.

Winter Trip Announcement

Hello Friends of Minesing Wetlands!

We are happy to announce our 2016 winter trips into the Minesing Wetlands.

January 30, 2016 – Snowshoe (contact dfeatherstone@nvca.on.ca to RSVP and for more information)

February 14, 2016 – Cross-country ski (contact bwesson@nvca.on.ca to RSVP and for more information)

February 27, 2016 – Snowshoe (contact Laura.Robson@natureconservancy.ca to RSVP and for more information)

Each trip is $10pp for members, $15pp for non-members and $5pp for students. Space is limited so RSVP early.

Reflecting on 2015

The holidays are upon us and soon the new year. 2015 was a great year for the Friends of  Minesing Wetlands. We continued to promote the ecological values of the Minesing Wetlands by leading 2 snowshoe trips, a cross-country ski tour and 2 paddles into the Minesing Wetlands. We also presented our second evening of information on the Minesing Wetlands and, of course, hosted our annual funspeil. FOMW memberships is strong and the board of directors are active. We welcomed four new directors to the board in 2015.

Look for us early in 2016 as we will be leading lead 3 winter trips into the Minesing Wetlands.

Thank you for your continued support and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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