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May 2013
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Thank you to everyone that participated in either (or both) Earth Day events this year. Despite the cool weather for the tree planting or the rainy Malden Park event, there was a fantastic turnout! Remember that you can make a difference by making 'Earth Day' every day. 


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 CTV Media recently created a short, informative video in support of the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup initiative? It's airing on our local CTV channels from April 16 to May 16! Thanks, CTV! 

Local CTV Channels:

Bell satellite TV: 585

Cogeco Cable TV: 6  

Cogeco HD: 803

Digital TV: 26.1 or 16.1

Restoring our River, together!
Watch it here now!



You're invited to our Detroit River Evening!

Join us for our 3rd The Detroit River Evening on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Freed-Orman Conference Centre in Windsor. Space is limited and registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW


This year, we welcome Dr. John Howard to speak to us about "Healthy People Need Healthy Water: A physician's perspective on Ecosystem Health". Dr. Howard is an award-winning professor of Paediatrics and leader/founder of the Ecosystem Health Implementation Team at Western University. He is presently the Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, an organization committed to advocating for environmental policies that guarantee a sustainable future for many generations to come.


Free parking is available in the marked lot next to Assumption University and on the street (meters are free after 6 pm). Upon entering the lot, simply notify the parking lot attendant that you are participating in the Detroit River Evening. Signage to guide you to the building.


The Detroit River Evening is an annual celebration of the important projects that were completed in the past year to restore, enhance and protect the Detroit River and its watershed as we move toward the goal of removing the Detroit River from the Great Lakes Areas of Concern. You can also meet and chat with local representatives that work on issues concerning the Detroit River. Contact Natalie Green if you have any additional questions. 

2013 Detroit River Evening  

'Code Green' tackles a cleanup in Little River
A big THANK YOU to the 35 eager Caesar's Windsor employees (Code Green), Councillor Percy Hatfield, Ian Naisbitt (our Public Advisory Council member) and Caroline Biribauer of the Essex Region Conservation Authority who worked together to cleanup a section of Little River near Hawthorne Crescent on a drizzly Sunday morning (April 28)!

They pulled out 55 bags of garbage, 11 shopping carts, 1 oil barrel, 1 comforter, 1 bike and more! We all appreciate your time and effort to make this section of Little River cleaner, which in turn improves our entire ecosystem. 
Way to go 'Code Green'!

Little River Cleanup April 2013


Saturday, May 4, 2013: 10:00 am - Noon

Lakeshore Woods, Windsor


School children, seniors, environmentalists and neighbours are invited to plant more than 200 trees at Lakeshore Woods, on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am - Noon. The community planting, to provide more trees cover in East Windsor, will occur rain or shine. Sponsored by the City of Windsor and Trees Ontario. Registration is required for this event. Please register at: or 1-877-646-1193.



Sunday, May 5, 2013: 10 am - 4 pm 
John R. Park Homestead, Corner of County Road 50 and Iler Road, Harrow


Reduce, reuse and recycle at this fundraising event! Support a local museum and the environment, by donating sale items or shopping for a new-to-you item.  Many quality items from hardware to home decor!  Donations are still being accepted - To arrange drop-off for donations, please contact the Homestead directly at: [email protected] or 519-738-2029.  Please no 'soft' items (clothing, draperies, stuffed animals, etc.).  This event also kicks off the Homestead's extended summer hours. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a day at this beautiful Conservation Area on the shore of Lake Erie!  



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.


Contact the Nature Centre (519-966-5852) for details on any of the following programs.

Weekday Birding

($15 each, 8:30 am to noon)

May 1, (Wednesday) meet at 8:30 am at the Point Pelee Visitor Centre
May 9, (Thursday) meet at 8:00 at the Marsh Boardwalk lot, Point Pelee (birding to 11:30 am)
May 22, (Wednesday) meet at 8:30 am at the Point Pelee Visitor Centre


Big Day Birding ($25)

Wednesday May 15 starting at 6 am

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

Meet at the Marsh Boardwalk parking lot, Point Pelee National Park in Leamington.


Nature Photography: Spring Wildflowers ($19)

Saturday, May 4 - 9 am to 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.  


Ojibway Prairie Walk

Sunday, May 26th - 2 pm

Enjoy a walk on the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Preserve with Essex County Field Naturalists club member Betty Learmouth to observe late spring flowering plants. Meet in the parking lot of the Ojibway Nature Centre. For more information: Click Here


Thrilling Thursdays (all ages)

Ojibway Nature Centre is open in the evening on the last Thursday of the month for the following programs. Please sign up early for these special programs offered.  



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



May 3 - May 20, 2013

Point Pelee National Park, Leamington


Become part of spring migration at Point Pelee - the special place where birds and birders meet. Lush forests meet expansive wetlands, offering amazing opportunities for finding a wide variety of species.

For Festival details please visit: Festival of Birds  


Annual Benefit Dinner: Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, May 18, 2013: 5 pm to 9 pm

1100 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan


The year's DRIWR Annual Benefit Dinner will be hosted at the beautiful Edsel & Eleanor Ford House property in Michigan. Tickets are $75 per person. Click here for more information and to register.   



Saturday, May 25, 2013: 10 am - Noon

Big Creek Conservation Area, Amherstburg


Note: Please park at Malden Central Public School (5620 County Road 20, Amherstburg) and catch the shuttle bus to and from the restoration site.


Join ERCA to celebrate their 40th anniversary at this 40 acre restoration site. Come prepared to help plant thousands of trees at Big Creek Conservation Area! Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather, and for planting - closed toe footwear, long pants, hat, etc. For more information: 



Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 9 pm 

Freed-Orman Conference Centre, 400 Huron Church Road, Windsor


Join us to celebrate Detroit River projects and hear an interesting presentation by Dr. John Howard about Human and Environmental Health. More information in the article above. Free and all are welcome to attend but registration is required. Register here.  Light refreshments will be provided.  


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. 

Station Manager - 
Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill (King Township, ON)
Deadline: May 9, 2013

General Manager/Secretary Treasurer
- Rideau Valley Conservation (Manotick, ON)
Deadline: May 17, 2013
Source Protection Specialist - North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (North Bay, ON)
Deadline: May 10, 2013
Environmental Investigations Officer - Ministry of the Environment (Hamilton, ON)
Deadline: May 6, 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!".