Friends of Minesing Wetlands

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


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.


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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.


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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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Evening of Information

We are happy to announce the FOMW Evening of Information will be on Nov 25, 2015 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Tiffin Center for Conservation, Jose Building.

There is no cost for this event all though we do accept donations. To register please follow this Eventbrite link:   Eventbrite - Evening of Information

6:30     Doors Open

7 pm    Welcome: Naomi Saunders, Chair, Friends of Minesing Wetlands

7:10     History of First Nations in the Minesing Wetlands: Jeff Monague, Manager of Springwater Provincial Park from the Beausoleil First Nations

7:40     Lost in the Wetlands: Search and rescue in Minesing. Darren Buck, Assistant Team Coordinator for the Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue

8:10     Break

8:25     Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP): Bob Bowles, award-winning environmental consultant, educator and naturalist: speaking about this new community program brought to Canada

9 pm    Questions (Speaker Panel)

We look forward to sharing the wonders of the Minesing Wetland!

Event is free however donations will be accepted.

All members of the Friends of Minesing Wetlands who attend will be entered into a free draw for David Walsh’s beautiful photo canvas of the Snowy Owl.

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Bonspiel (funspeil) 2015

Great turnout to our 2015 Bonspiell. Thanks to all the teams and friends for helping out!

We had 8 teams take the ice in Stroud and it was The Rockers (Paul, Dave, Todd and Sierra) that took home the trophy. Congrats! Special mention goes to past champs GIS Rocks for second place.

In the house!

In the house!

Great prizes

Great prizes

Aim here!!

Aim here!!

Curling for conservation

Curling for conservation