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April 2013
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Heritage Tree Workshop
Great Lakes Guardian Fun
Upcoming Events
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Spring has sprung and there are a lot of activities to help get you outdoors enjoying the nice weather! Come out to help plant trees in the Little River Corridor on April 21 or visit the DRCC's booth at Essex-Windsor Earth Day. I'm looking forward to seeing you there! 


If you have any relevant, local events or articles you'd like included in this E-newsletter, please do not hesitate to email me your suggestions!




Natalie Green, M.Sc. 

Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

[email protected]


The DRCC initiative is a partnership between government, industry, academics, as well as environmental and community organizations that work together to improve the Detroit River ecosystem.

Our key goal is to implement the Canadian Remedial Action Plan in order to restore the beneficial uses and remove the River from the list of
Great Lakes Areas of Concern.


Did you know?? 

Did you know?

...that the recycling symbol is based on the Möbius strip?


A Mobius strip is a non-orientable surface; you can build one with a strip of paper. Take the strip of paper, and put one twist in the strip. Glue the ends together (keeping the twist intact) and let dry to form a ring. Upon inspection, you will see that your Mobius strip has only one side and one edge.

Show the Earth some love this Earth Day by re-purposing paper from your recycling box and make interlocking mobius strip hearts.  Click here for instructions.


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FREE Heritage Tree Workshop

 Heritage Tree Workshop

2013 Call for Applications - Great Lakes Guardian Fund

Ontario is providing grants to help communities take action to protect and restore their corner of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin.


This is the second call for applications under the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund. Grants are available for projects that take place in Ontario within the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. The basin includes: Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Superior, the St. Lawrence River, the Ottawa River, their connecting channels, and their watersheds. Examples of projects that could qualify include:

  • Planting trees to restore stream banks
  • Protecting and restoring sensitive and degraded natural habitats by managing the flow of storm water runoff
  • Protecting traditional harvesting areas from invasive species by using traditional ecological knowledge

You can receive a grant of up to $25,000 grant for your project. Smaller projects are also encouraged. Applications for funding will be accepted until April 26, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. E.D.T.


Information on the fund, including the application guide, form, frequently asked questions and 2012 grant recipients, is available at


You're invited to join an information session by teleconference and webinar to learn more about the fund and the application process: .April 10 and April 18 at 1:00 p.m. 


For more information about the fund or to sign up for an information session:

[email protected]


Save the Date for these upcoming events

Saturday, April 6, 2013: Evening

Wyandotte Boat Club, Wyandotte, Michigan


The Friends of the Detroit River invite you to attend their annual Detroit Riverkeeper fundraising dinner. Tickets selling fast. Cost is $30 per person, or $50 per couple. For more information, or to reserve tickets (734) 675-0141 or



Sunday, April 14, 2013: 9 am - 11 am

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, Road 2, Leamington


For more information: ECFN website 



Wednesday, April 17th, 2013: 6:30 pm

Giovanni Caboto Club, Windsor


Wednesday April 17th Canada South Science City will be hosting its 8th annual fundraising Earth Day Dinner at the Caboto Club! The guest speaker is award winning biologist and cancer researcher Dr. Lisa Porter from the University of Windsor. Her presentation, entitled Living Forever: Stem Cells and Cancer- How they are linked?? discusses what stem cells are, how they are involved with cancer, and how they could help in its treatment.  


Tickets are $40/adults, $30/children ages 5-12, with $20 discounts available for tables of 8 (a portion is eligible for a tax receipt). This is CSSC's major fundraiser of the year and your participation will help CSSC to grow and prosper. Click here for poster and here for ticket order form.


For more information, please contact: William E. Baylis, Canada South Science City, 519-973-3667  



Thursday, April 18, 2013: 6:30 pm

Villanova Highschool Library, LaSalle


Join the Friends of Canard River as they prepare for their fundraising barbecue at Earth Day. New members are welcome! For more information contact: Caroline Biribauer 519-776-5209 x 245


Friday, April 19, 2013: 7 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Giovanni Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave, Windsor Room 


Guest speaker is Land Trust director Terry Anderson who will discuss the American Chestnut and the efforts to save this tree species in Ontario. Donations towards the silent Auction are welcome.


Tickets are $35.00 - please contact Betty for more info:[email protected] 


Sunday, April 21, 2013: 10 am to Noon 


Dig out your shovel and join ERCA in planting hundreds of trees to celebrate Earth Day and help continue to make our community a little greener. Make fun nature crafts and explore with a nature scavenger hunt! Event sponsored by Windsor Cardiac Centre with additional support from the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup

Sunday, April 28, 2013: 10 am to 3 pm 
Malden Park (4200 Malden Road)
Celebrate Earth Day at Malden Park with your family and check out over 30 environmental exhibitors, participate in a seed exchange, see the interactive food kiosk and more! Visit or for more information. 


Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2013: 9 am - 4pm
Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, Leamington
Join expert naturalists to celebrate the shore and songbirds as they migrate through this internationally renowned shorebird habitat. See them up close and personal as they are banded by experts. Not to be missed! For more information: Bev Wannick, 519-776-5209 x 308.



Thrilling Thursdays (all ages)

March through November, Ojibway Nature Centre will be open in the evening on the last Thursday of the month. Please sign up early for these special programs offered.


April 25

Tadpole Discovery


$6/adult, $5/child

May 30

Beautiful Birds


$6/adult, $5/child

June 28

Butterfly Secrets


$6/adult, $5/child

July 25

Deer Hike


$6/adult, $5/child

August 29

Spiders and Other Bugs


$6/adult, $5/child

September 26

Snakes and other Endangered Species


$6/adult, $5/child

October 31

Fall Colours


$6/adult $5/child

November 28

Out of this World Astronomy


$6/adult, $5/child


Friends of Ojibway Prairie Annual General Meeting (all ages) - FREE

Sunday, April 21 - 1:00 pm

Updates on the Friends of Ojibway Prairie's activities, board of director's elections and Guest Speaker, Barbara Macdonell from the Ministry of Transportation speaking on the work being done to protect endangered species at the parkway project. Refreshments provided.


Friends of Ojibway Prairie Spring Cleanup (all ages) - FREE

Tuesday, April 23 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join the Friends of Ojibway Prairie as we help beautify our local natural areas. Lunch provided.


Natural Discoveries (ages 3-6 and 7-13) - $14/2 classes 

Fridays, April 12 and May 10 - 10:00 am - noon

Discover the wonders of nature through these monthly hands-on discovery classes at Ojibway Nature Centre. We will study bird identification, signs of spring, insect and pond life.


Hiking at Ojibway (adults) - $26/6 weeks

Exercise your body and your brain! These brisk morning walks with one of Ojibway Nature Centre's naturalists will introduce you to the many native plants and animals in our area. Explore the Ojibway Prairie Complex and make new friends!

Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 and 14

10:00 - 11:00 am


Spring Bird Migration Field Course (adults) - $15 each

A series of field trips to observe the incredible variety of bird life that migrates through Point Pelee National Park and Southwestern Ontario. Discover the most popular outdoor hobby in North America. Trips are 8:30 am to noon, except May 9 which is 8:00-11:30am

  • Saturday April 27 meet at 8:30 am at the Point Pelee Visitor Centre
  • Wednesday, May 1, meet at 8:30 am at the Point Pelee Visitor Centre
  • Thursday, May 9, meet at 8:00 am at the Marsh Boardwalk lot, Point Pelee
  • Wednesday, May 22, meet at 8:30 am at the Point Pelee Visitor Centre

Big Day Birding (adults) - $25

A longer day of Pelee area birding where we will seek over 100 species of birds in a single day!

Wednesday, May 15, meet at 6:00 am at the Marsh Boardwalk parking lot, Point Pelee


Nature Photography: Spring Wildflowers - $19

Saturday, May 4 - 9:00 am - noon

Develop the skills to get better images from your camera, using the colourful array of wildflowers at Ojibway Park. Bring your photo equipment and dress for the weather. Appropriate for beginners.


Job Postings

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These postings are for jobs at various locations with varying deadlines. Please click on the job title to view job details. Contact the listed agency in the job ad for more information.
Note: the links will expire after the deadline has passed. 

Hydrogeologist- Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (Newmarket, ON)
Deadline: April 12, 2013

Biologist/Ecologist Intern
- Ministry of Natural Resources (Thunder Bay, ON)
Deadline: April 10, 2013

Various Summer Student Positions - Conservation Authorities Across Ontario

Natalie Green, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator
Detroit River Canadian CleanupFind us on Facebook
311-360 Fairview Avenue West
Essex, Ontario N8M 1Y6
519-982-3722 (DRCC) or 519-776-5209 x356
[email protected] 


"To cleanup, enhance, and sustain the Detroit River ecosystem and its tributaries
...because we're all connected to the River!".