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


Snowshoe with Friends of Minesing Wetlands

FOMW will be leading three winter activities in the Minesing Wetlands this winter.

Snowshoe in the Minesing Wetlands Jan 28, 2017 RSVP with Dave: dfeatherstone@nvca.on.ca

or for Feb 25, 2017 RSVP with Naomi: nsaunders@nvca.on.ca

Cross-Country Ski in the Minesing Wetlands Feb 11 or 12 (unconfirmed) RSVP with Byron bwesson@nvca.on.ca

$10 for members, $15 for non-members.

 


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

 


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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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