Friends of Minesing Wetlands

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


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.


FOMW Spring Canoe Trips 2015

FOMW Spring Canoe Trips 2015

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 18th and May 9th.

To join us on the 18th of April, please contact:
Kristyn Ferguson at 519-826-0068 x.222/519-400-9140 Kristyn.Ferguson@natureconservancy.ca

If you would like to join us on May the 9th, please contact:
Sean Rootham at
s_rootham@ducks.ca

This will reserve a spot for yourself and anyone accompanying you.
We only take 20 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.

fomw_paddle_pic  FOMW

 


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Winter Adventures in the Minesing Wetlands

Join the Friends of Minesing Wetlands for a winter adventure in the Minesing Wetlands!

We will lead a snowshoe on February 28 to the Mad River heronry. See “Eventbrite” link below for directions to the meeting point.

Snacks, water, warm drinks and warm clothing are essential. The snowshoe will take approximately 3 hours, which includes breaks for historical and ecological interpretation. Departure time is 9:30 a.m.

Please register for the events with the links below. $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $5 student.

February 28 – Snowshoe to the Minesing Wetlands Heronry

Eventbrite - Snowshoe with the Friends of Minesing Wetlands

For more information contact Naomi Saunders nsaunders@nvca.on.ca


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A Public Evening of Science and Stewardship on the Minesing Wetlands

A public evening on science & stewardship in the Minesing Wetlands

For copies of this evenings presentations please visit the Educational and Cultural Functions page

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Tiffin Conservation Centre in Utopia

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands presents this ​exciting evening on the science and stewardship of the internationally significant Minesing Wetlands.

Local experts will discuss the ecology, hydrogeology and forest health of the Minesing. Special presentations include a discussion on the rare Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly and land securement and stewardship activities within this special part of our watershed.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 may be made at the door.

 With limited seating available preregistration is encouraged. Click below to register via Eventbrite.

Eventbrite - MINESING WETLANDS – A PUBLIC EVENING OF SCIENCE AND STEWARDSHIP

 


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FOMWs Bonspiel and AGM

Bonspiel flyer 2014

Do you love nature?   Enjoy Curling?

Join the Friends of Minesing Wetlands November 1 at the Stroud Curling Club for our annual “Funspeil” and AGM.  6:30 – 11:30pm

Get together a team of 4 ($100) or individual $25 and enjoy a fun night of curling, food and cash bar.  All proceeds going to help preserve the Minesing Wetlands through our not‐for‐profit group efforts.

We will enjoy a night of fun, yummy food, prizes, cash bar and learn about
this very important ecological area.

Register for this event by emailing nsaunders@nvca.on.ca

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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.