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

Message from the Coordinator

We're so excited for our upcoming film screening on Wednesday, November 6. At this event, you'll get the rare and unique opportunity to meet the Director of this incredible, educational film. The screening is FREE but you must register in advance before November 4. Read more below. I hope to see you there! 


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

Meet the Director of Freshwater Seas: The Great Lakes!
Poster for the 2013 Freshwater Seas Film Screening Event
Join us on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 for our 5th annual free film screening of Freshwater Seas: The Great Lakes and meet the Director, Lindsey Haskin, and ask questions about the making the film and his knowledge of the Great Lakes.

The film screening will be at SilverCity Windsor, 4611 Walker Road, Windsor. Doors open at 7 pm. 


The event is FREE but registration is required. Dial 3-1-1 (from your phone in Windsor) or 519-255-2489 (from cell phone or outside of Windsor) by November 4, 2013. Maximum 4 seats per caller


Using stunning, high definition imagery, this film highlights the incredible beauty of the Great Lakes region, its dramatic history, and its critical importance to the continent and to the world.  The opening scene highlights a location we should all recognize...the Detroit River! The film shows viewers how scientists, citizens, and public officials are striving to enhance the region's economic vitality while confronting the enormous challenge of restoring and protecting one of Earth's unique natural treasures.    


This event is made possible thanks to support from
Environment Canada, Ministry of the Environment and the City of Windsor. 

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
The Detroit River in the are some relevant, external links to news articles that may pique your interest. Click on the link to read on.
  • Nearly $500,000 of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds secured for design and feasibility of habitat restoration on Stony and Celeron Islands. (Oct. 24) 
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these great local events! Please ensure you contact the organizer for more information.
Saturday, November 2: Doors Open at 6:00 pm; Dinner at 7:15 pm
Fogolar Furlan club - Udine Hall

Join the Field Naturalists' Club for their 29th annual dinner. This year's guest speaker is Maurice Bottos. Maurice is a graduate of the University of Guelph in Wildlife Biology and Entomology. He is a biology and chemistry high school teacher with 27 years of experience. He also leads groups to study the tropical ecosystems in Costa Rica and the Amazon Jungle. Mr. Bottos will be presenting on all nocturnal insects, primarily moths. The focus will be on Ontario moths/insects. He will present interesting facts on the different orders and families of nocturnal insects, why they are attracted to light and which lights work better at attracting insects.

Silent Auction and Door Prizes   *    Ticket price $35.00

Tickets available at: Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, 519-966-5852; or Pelee Wings Nature Store, 636 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, 519-326-5193 

Wednesday, November 6: Doors open at 7 pm; Film starts at 7:30 pm
SilverCity Windsor, 4611 Walker Road, Windsor

FREE but registration is required. Dial 3-1-1 (from your phone in Windsor) or 519-255-2489 (from cell phone or outside of Windsor) by November 4, 2013. Max. 4 seats per caller.
This year, we are showing Freshwater Seas: The Great Lakes. At this special event, participants will get the rare opportunity to meet the Director of this incredible film, Lindsey Haskin, and ask questions about the making the film and his knowledge of the Great Lakes. See the main article above for more details.
Friday, November 8: Open House at noon; Ceremony at 2 pm; Reception at 3:30 pm
Groundbreaking at the Refuge Gateway (5437 W. Jefferson Avenue, Trenton, Michigan)
Reception at the Gibraltar Community Center (29340 S. Gibraltar Road, Gibraltar, Michigan)

The International Wildlife Refuge Alliance invites you to attend the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Groundbreaking and reception celebrating the restoration of the Refuge Gateway and the future Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center. An open house from noon to 2 pm will allow the visitation of the waterfront in the Humbug Marsh Unit and the Refuge Gateway with the Groundbreaking Ceremony at 2 pm. After the ceremony, enjoy some hors d'oeuvres and view a newly comprised and unique collection of historic photos depicting the roots of the Refuge and our region's heritage  


The Refuge Gateway is located at 5437 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton, MI. The reception will be at the Gibraltar Community Center (29340 S. Gibraltar Rd, Gibraltar, MI). If you plan to attend the reception, please RSVP by November 6 by emailing Joann Van Aken, [email protected]

Saturday, November 9: 7:00 pm
John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, Harrow

Celebrate the Harvest Moon with cider pressing, a corn husking bee, storytelling and a search for shooting stars (meteors). Costumed guides carrying candlelit lanterns will take small groups of visitors through the 1842 house, farm and conservation area after sundown. Various stops along the way offer guests a seasonal participation experience straight from the days of John and Amelia Park. The program is 90 minutes long and requires pre-registration, as numbers are limited. Cost is $15 per person. Sign up at or by calling the Homestead with your credit card information at 519-738-2029. For more information, contact the Homestead
Saturday, November 16: Doors Open 6:30 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm 
Knights of Columbus Hall, 8965 Malden Road, LaSalle
Come out and support the Friends of Canard River at their 14th annual Fundraising Dinner. The group is serving a buffet of fish, pasta and chicken kabobs at 7 pm.The evening's festivities will include a presentation by Heather Taylor, Special Projects Program Assistant for the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority.   


Dinner guests will also have the chance to win raffle prizes, 50/50 draw, and a myriad of door prizes.  All proceeds from the event will be used to fund future watershed stewardship activities of the Friends of Canard River.  Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by contacting Caroline Biribauer, Outreach Coordinator for the Essex Region Conservation Authority, at 519-776-5209, ext. 245, or [email protected].

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