Friends of Minesing Wetlands

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


Another Successful Bioblitz

We had 35 dedicated volunteers who helped us collect 445 species observations in 6 different hike locations. Stay tuned for our report coming out soon!

Species ID from the pictures above:

Top Right: Delta-spotted Spiketail

Top Left: Group looking at Swamp Darner

Middle 1: Leopard Frog

Middle 2: Juvenal’s Duskywing

Middle 3: Crayfish

Bottom Left: Blacknose Dace

Bottom Right: Me holding a Common Green Darner

 

A special thanks to our photographers who got some AMAZING shots of the day.


A look back at 2017…in pictures

Another year of outreach and education from the Friends of Minesing Wetlands. As usual we were very busy.

This collage of pictures shows:

  • Our annual spring paddle through the Minesing Wetlands
  • FOMW volunteers doing a roadside cleanup
  • Viewing platform upgrade at Mayers Marsh
  • Our annual curling bonspiel
  • Ontario Nature members at the Minesing Wetlands along the Mad River hiking trail

Thanks to all our members and partners for another successful year!


Minesing Wetlands Bioblitz

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands are excited to announce the first Bioblitz of the Minesing Wetlands on June 3, 2017.

What is a bioblitz?

A Bioblitz is a volunteer-based biological inventory of a specific area. Participants include local scientists, professional naturalists, amateur enthusiasts and members of the general public. The goal of the Bioblitz is to identify as many species as possible in a set amount of time. This event provides community members with hand-on learning opportunities that can enhance their knowledge of species identification, biodiversity, citizen science and stewardship.

Why the Minesing Wetlands?

The Minesing Wetlands is one of Southern Ontario’s largest wetland and is home to many unique habitats, vegetation communities, and a vast array of wildlife. The Minesing Wetlands, previously known as the Minesing Swamp, are a Ramsar-designated (internationally significant) wetland located in south-central Ontario. The Minesing Wetlands are one of the largest wetland complexes in southern Ontario and host the largest and best example of a string fen in this part of the province. The Minesing Wetlands have also been designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) and a provincially significant Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

How does it work?

You will be conducting surveys on a series of hiking trails located in the peripherals of the Minesing Wetlands. You will meet your expert leader and/or participants at your designated hiking trail (which you will choose after you register). All participants will be required to stay with their expert leaders, within close proximity to the designated trail at all times. After the morning and before the afternoon sessions happen, everyone will reconvene at Basecamp (Edenvale CA) to enjoy lunch and brief words of thanks from the organizers.

Schedule:

8-11 am – First round of hikes

11:30-1 pm – Lunch at Basecamp (Edenvale CA)

1:30-4:30 pm – Second round of hikes

Please note:

  • Expert Leaders and Participants will be able to sign up for a morning or afternoon hike post-registration, there is no expectation that you commit to a full day, but to simplify the ticket process we have made it an all day event.
  • There will be a kid-friendly hike available. Parents will be required to stay with their children at all times during the event.

Want to get involved?

We are currently searching for expert leaders to lead or co-lead one of 7 hikes. Please see “Expert Leader” ticket type for more information.

We are also seeking behind the scenes help to set up, tear down, prepare food, etc. Please see “Behind the Scenes” ticket type for more information.

We will now be accepting participants! Please see the “Participants” ticket type for more information.

To register as a leader, behind the scenes person, or participant for this event please click on the Event Brite button below (this is a free event):
Eventbrite - Minesing Wetland Bioblitz!

For more information on the Bioblitz please contact us at friendsofminesingwetlands@gmail.com


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Empowering Citizen Scientists

Bird Studies Canada has invited interested members of the Friends of Minesing Wetlands to partake in a day learning what the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program is and how you can be a part of it. See below for details. To register click here: Empowering Citizen Scientists

Event Details

Bird Studies Canada, through support from Government of Canada’s Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean Up Fund and in partnership with Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is hosting an orientation workshop and social for the volunteer-based Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program (GLMMP) .

 

Spend the afternoon with us at the Tiffin Centre Picnic Pavilion to:

  • Refresh your knowledge or be introduced to the techniques used in the nationally-recognized GLMMP with the folks who coordinate it.
  • Help advance the study and protection of marshes in YOUR watersheds.
  • Contribute to knowledge and understanding of coastal and interior marshes including gathering information on birds, frogs and habitat characteristics.
  • Classroom portion runs 2:00 – 5:00
 
Join us for a social evening outdoors sharing knowledge.
 
Picnic with us:
  • Bring your own supper and enjoy a picnic at the pavilion before we go into the  field. 
  • We will be picnicking from 5:30 -7:00 before traveling to Minesing Wetlands
 
Come birding and frogging at the Minesing Wetlands viewing station: 
  • At 7:30 pm we will reconnect at the viewing station parking lot.
  • For a map visit http://goo.gl/maps/OZGVM  
  • Then spend an evening of birding and frogging with Bird Studies Canada’s Doug Tozer and Kathy Jones.
  • Share your wetland id knowledge or learn from others.
  • Experience the GLMMP techniques in a natural setting.


All are welcome!

  • New naturalists can come and learn about the program and decide if it is right for them.
  • Registered  participants can update their knowledge and enjoy the evening.
  • You can choose to attend the classroom activity, the evening event or both. Just pick the tickets that suit your schedule best and all attendees are welcome at the picnic.
 

This is a free event but donations for access to the NVCA are always welcome.


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Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is seeking volunteers who are keen to support the conservation of Canada’s natural places.  On July 1, 2014 the NCC will lead participants into the Minesing Wetlands for a Dragonfly Count.
Instruction on species identification, conservation and biology will provided by an expert NCC staff member.  Notable dragonfly species in the Minesing Wetlands includes the Endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly.
“A flash of colour catches your eye, a thrum of wing beats whooshes past. Is it a bird? Is it a helicopter? It’s a dragonfly! Get to know these stunning insects while you help NCC monitor the dragonfly diversity of the Minesing Wetlands during the 2014 Dragonfly Count.”
Any questions contact Laura at ontario@conservationvolunteers.ca

To register follow this link: Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count and fill out the R.S.V.P. form.

 


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Nine Mile Portage Committee Invitation

A committee is being established to promote the historic and recreational values of the Mine Mile Portage.  The Friends of Minesing Wetlands recognizes the connections between the Nine Mile Portage and the Minesing Wetlands and supports endeavors that would promote this part of Canada’s history and culture.

If you are interested in being part of a this committee please contact us (FOMW) or visit www.FortWillow.com and use the Contact Us page.

For more information on the Nine Mile Portage see barrie.ca

From The City of Barrie:

“This recreation trail is based on an ancient overland route created by the early aboriginal people of our area.  One of the oldest known European records of the route appears on a 1688 map by Italian Vincenzo Coronelli labelled as ‘Portage de dix Lieuel’.  This portage came to be known as the ‘Nine Mile Portage’ by the British Military, which employed it strategically during the War of 1812.  After the war, use continued until the first roads and the railway were established.  The old portage then fell into disuse and eventually the land was sold to settlers as the concessions were developed.  But it was never completely forgotten.”