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

Message from the Coordinator
Wow! What a turn out for our 5th Annual Film Screening Event! We have such great success, year after year, and it's all because of you and your interest; thank you. We had over 190 people attend the screening of Freshwater Seas at SilverCity Windsor. Special thanks to the Director, Lindsey Haskin, for travelling to Windsor from California to participate in the screening of his documentary. We look forward to seeing you next year!


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

Flushable Wipes not 'flushable'
Did you know that "flushable wipes" are not really  flushable? They don't degrade and can clog pipes and lead to sewer backups in your home. In fact, a few months ago a 15-tonne blob of cooking grease and wipes was discovered in a sewer pipe in England after residents complained their toilets wouldn't flush.

Our video entitled Wastewater: Where does it go? explains what should/shouldn't get flushed down the toilet but the problems with "flushable" wipes was also recently brought to light in this recent Windsor Star article.

Remember: #1, #2, and TP--that's all that should go into the toilet.


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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.
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these great local events! Please ensure you contact the organizer for more information.
Thursday, December 5: 7:30 pm
Committee Room C, Essex Civic Centre, Essex

Guest speaker is Dr. Oliver Love from the University of Windsor:  Monitoring Canadian Snow Buntings: From Arctic Breeding Grounds to Southern Wintering Haunts. His research will give Canadians a better understanding of how the changing Arctic and Temperate world affect this persistence of this important species. Donations of $20 are appreciated. Please  call Betty at 519-944-0825 or email at [email protected] to RSVP. Refreshments will be served. .
Wednesday, December 11: 7:30 pm
Ojibway Nature Centre- Windsor

Join the Field Naturalists' Club for their end-of-the-year meeting. Club members will show vacation and work pictures of their adventures out in the natural world. They will also get to enjoy delicious homemade snacks and desserts. Meet at 7:30 p.m. at Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor.
Tuesday, December 17: 7:00 pm
John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, Harrow

Experience holiday traditions of the past! See the 1842 house decorated with natural materials from forest and farm, craft a traditional ornament, bake on the hearth, and ring the sleigh bells. During this program, costumed guides carrying candlelit lanterns will take small groups of visitors through the 1842 house and farm 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
Various Dates and Locations, see below 

The 'Christmas Bird Count' (CBC) is conducted in over 2000 localities across Canada, the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Christmas Bird Counts are conducted on any one day between December 14 and January 5 inclusive. They are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. These bird observations have been amassed into a huge database that reflects the distribution and numbers of winter birds over time.  Birds are indicators of the overall health of our environment. As well as adding an exciting and fun event to the holiday season, the Christmas Bird Count provides valuable insight into the long-term health of bird populations and the environment. 


Christmas Bird Counts are generally group efforts, though single-observer counts can and do happen. They are organized at the local level, usually by a birding club or naturalists organization.  In Windsor & Essex region, CBCs are coordinated through the Essex County Field Naturalists Club & the Ojibway Nature Centre.  Volunteers are welcome:  for more details about a count, please contact the Nature Centre - 519-966-5852.


Windsor-Essex-Rondeau CBCs for 2013: 

  • Cedar Creek - Dec 14 
  • Rondeau - Dec 15
  • Point Pelee - Dec 16 (Contact Sarah Rupert by Dec. 13)
  • Lakeshore - Dec 21
  • Holiday Beach - Dec 27
  • Detroit River - Jan 1, 2014
To find other counts near you, visit: BSC Christmas Bird Count
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.