July 2013
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about the Detroit River.

Message from the Coordinator

Our newsletter has a new look! We've made a few changes to our E-newsletter so that it's simpler, cleaner and easier to read. We hope you like it. As always, we love to hear from you. If you have any upcoming events, questions, or feedback, please email [email protected]

Natalie Green, M.Sc.
Detroit River Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

2012-2013 Annual Report now available online!
Annual Report Cover 12-13 Thank you to everyone that came out to the 3rd Annual Detroit River Evening at the Freed-Orman Conference Centre. We received a great presentation by Dr. John Howard about the link between human and ecosystem health. His main message: having a healthy ecosytem means we'll be healthy too! Let's continue to do our best to improve our environment.

Restoring, protecting and enhancing the Detroit River ecosystem requires the coordinated efforts of many partners. It is through our Member Organizations that important work is accomplished on the Canadian side of the Detroit River. The Annual Report summarizes all of these great projects completed between April 2012 and March 2013, is now available online. If you would like a hard copy, please contact the RAP Coordinator.

Project Connects Forests at Airport

Windsor - Students from the Dr. David Suzuki School in Windsor completed the first step in connecting two separate forests at the Windsor Airport today, with help from the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), City of Windsor, Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and the Little River Enhancement Group. Once connected, this forest in the Detroit River watershed will measure nearly 100 acres.


Planting the first ceremonial tree. 

Portions of these lands, which are identified by the Ministry  

of Natural Resources as the Airport Swamps, have been identified as Provincially Significant Wetlands. Over 67 plant species and at least 27 breeding bird species have been identified in the rich forest community.


"All of these elements make this forest very special, and the work of these young people here today is the first step the overall project," explained ERCA Vice-Chair Percy Hatfield.  "In total, 5700 trees will be planted and 8.5 acres of habitat restored to connect these forests."


Thanks were extended to the City and Your Quick Gateway for their leadership in allowing this important environmental project to take place, as well as to the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, Environment Canada, and other who contributed funding toward the project.  "Enormous recognition goes to the Little River Enhancement Group and in particular, Ian Naisbitt, whose leadership and perseverance truly must be credited for making this project happen," added Hatfield.  The Little R'EG has been advocating for the connection of these woodlots for many years.

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Upcoming Events
Save the date for these great local events! Please ensure you contact the organizer for more information.
Ojibway shores
View of Ojibway Shores from the Detroit River.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013: 6:30 pm 


With over 12 hectares of woodlot, a marshy pond and 430 metres of natural Detroit River shoreline, Ojibway Shores is a ecological gem in an otherwise heavily developed Detroit River watershed. In its current state, Ojibway Shores acts as a wildlife linkage or corridor between the Detroit River and the interior significant sites of the Ojibway complex including Black Oak Woods, Ojibway Park, Ojibway Prairie, and Spring Garden ANSI.

Ojibway Shores is owned by the Federal Government of Canada and is administered by the Windsor Port Authority.  A public
meeting to discuss its planned development is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 6:30 pm, at Mackenzie Hall (3277 Sandwich Street West) in Windsor. Please consider attending this important meeting.

Click here for the official Notice of Public Meeting

Saturday, July 6: 9 am - 4 pm

Ojibway Nature Centre  


Attention butterfly watchers! Join Windsor's 20th annual butterfly tally and help with this exciting and valuable field inventory of Windsor's butterflies. Lunch provided by the Friends of Ojibway Prairie. A $5 participant fee is donated to North American Butterfly Association, no fee for youth. Call 519-966-5852 for more details. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013: 12 noon to 4 pm

Rain of shine. Tickets can be purchased online or at 1950 Ottawa Street, Windsor, Ontario. Call 519-973-1116 or email [email protected] for more information.Sponsored by the DRCC.


Saturday, August 24: 9 am - noon

Ojibway Nature Centre


Learn about the sweet lives of hummingbirds, butterflies and other nectar lovers. Watch hummingbird banding and learn tips on how to attract these jewels to your yard. Banding will start around 9 am and displays, activities and treats will run all morning. Call 519-966-5852 for more details.
Job Postings
Job postings graphic 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.    
  • Biologist - MMM Group (Thornhill, ON)
    Deadline: not specified