Friends of Minesing Wetlands

Inspiring Respect and Sustainability for a World Class Wetland, for People, Forever


AGM at Fort Willow, March 30

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands are excited to announce that this year our Annual General Meeting will take place outside at fantastic Fort Willow on Saturday March 30th…come and join us for a great time under the stars.  from 6-9pm.

Register via eventbrite here: AGM Registration

Events include historical re-enactors Dennis and Ruthan Johnson who will walk us through the perils and unimaginable ways in which fur traders and First Nations men and women would have found their way to Fort Willow during wintertime in the early 1800’s. Enjoy samples of delicious period food and drink including pumpkin puree, toasted pumpkin seeds, chicken broth and cider.
6:00 Arrival, investigate the Fort and/or roast hot dogs over an open fire. Hot chocolate available for free for those who bring their own hot beverage cup.

6:45 AGM Presentation

7:00 History comes to life with Ruthan and Dennis. Snacks typical of the time period are available to sample.

8:30 Earth Hour begins. If clear skies allow, an amateur astronomer will wield her green laser to point out some constellations…bring your own binoculars for a closer look if you wish…a telescope will also be available.

Admission, parking, entertainment, hot chocolate and yummy samples are all free!

While there will be added lighting along the paths, it is suggested that guests bring their own flashlight or headlamp as well.

If desired, hot dogs will be available to cook for yourself on an open fire for those who pre-pay through Eventbrite for $2 each.

Fort Willow is recognized as both a national and provincial historic site. Established at the half-way point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River, the Fort enabled a continuous trade and transportation route from Lake Ontario through to Georgian Bay. During the War of 1812, the British military used the fort as a strategic supply depot along the Nine Mile Portage route at a time when the lower lakes were occupied by the Americans.

Register via eventbrite here: AGM Registration


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

 

 


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.


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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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Membership Update

Becoming a member of Friends of Minesing Wetlands includes a Conservation area booklet courtesy of the NVCA and 1 year of mailings of the “Minesing Reeds” newsletter.

$20 for Individual
$50 for Family
$200 for a Club
$500 for a Corporation

Further, members are invited on canoe trips at a reduced rate of $20 instead of the regular cost of $40. At times throughout the year we also host events such as hiking and birding excursions, workshops, scientific presentations and volunteer events.

All members are entered into an annual “Grand Prize” draw, which occurs at our annual Curling Bonspiel, in early November.

Funds raised are directed towards conservation, promotion and future enhancement projects within the wetlands.