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.


Spring Paddle Announcement

2018 Spring Paddle Announcement

The Friends of Minesing Wetlands are excited to announce that we will be leading trips into the Minesing Wetlands via canoe or kayak on April 28thMay 5th and May 12!

To register for the events please contact our events team by email (fomwevents@gmail.com) or by phone at (705) 209-0705. In your email please include the following information for each participant: full name, email, phone number and type of watercraft (kayak vs canoe) you will be joining us in. Please note that we only take 12 guest boats per trip, so register early to reserve your spot!

We will be taking one of two routes; the Willow Creek Canoe Route or the North Minesing Wetlands Loop.

  • The Willow Creek Canoe Route is a linear trip (different launch & take out locations) and is nearly 18 kilometers in length. Much of the unique habitat that the Minesing Wetlands has to offer is viewed along the way.
  • The North Minesing Wetlands Loop, as the name suggests, is a loop trip (same launch & take out location) that explores the north end of the Minesing Wetlands where you can paddle into a mosaic of mammoth twisty trees comparable to the Florida Everglades.

The route will be chosen at the discretion of the leaders based on water levels and wind direction and speed.

Regardless of the trip route will meet at 8:30 a.m. More details about the meeting location, car shuttle, etc. will be provided to you in the days leading up to the paddle as they are determined by the route that the leaders choose. The trip will take approximately 5 hours. 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.

For a pdf version of this announcement and route map click FOMW Spring 2018 Paddle Announcement

 


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


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.

 


Minesing Wetlands Evening of Information

Local reptiles and amphibians take centre stage at “Evening of Information” presentation.

Utopia, Ontario, Thursday November 10th 2016 – Wonder what’s creeping around in the Minesing Wetlands? The Friends of Minesing Wetlands present an educational program about the reptiles and amphibians found in Simcoe County.

Special guest speaker Jeff Hathaway from Scales Nature Park will discuss identifying, handling and the threats faced by snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders and other reptiles and amphibians. As Jeff will be bringing local species, following the presentation will be an opportunity for hands-on interaction with the animals.

This event takes place at the Tiffin Conservation Centre for Conservation in Utopia, Thursday November 10, 2016. It is part of the Friends of Minesing Wetlands ongoing “Evening of Science” series.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begin at 7:00 p.m. While this is a free event, donations may be made at the door. Registration: Limited seating available – first come, first served!

All Friends of Minesing Wetlands ‘Members’ who join us for this event are entered into a free draw to win a beautiful framed photo of the Highway 60 Corridor in Algonquin Park by David Walsh. The winner must be present to win the draw.

To register please click the button below

Eventbrite - Evening of Science-Reptiles and Amphibians