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March 2014
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about the Detroit River.

Introducing the new RAP Coordinator


We are pleased to announce that Claire Sanders has accepted the position of Detroit River Canadian Cleanup RAP Coordinator!


Many of you may have worked with Claire through her work with the Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO), or in one of her many volunteer experiences with the Field Naturalists, the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, or at the John R. Park Homestead. She was also previously the Director of the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan.

Claire has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta with a minor in Anthropology, and more recently received her MSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Windsor where she worked with Dr. Daniel Mennil on acoustic monitoring of migratory birds over Lake Erie. She is currently completing her BEd with the University of Windsor.


Should you wish to contact Claire, her email address is [email protected]. The phone number for the DRCC remains the same, 519-982-3722.


As always, we love to hear from you. If you have any upcoming events, questions, or feedback, please email [email protected].  

DRCC's Bookmark Campaign Launched at the University
The DRCC's Education and Public Involvement Work Group has just launched our exciting new bookmark project with an exhibit at the University of Windsor's Leddy Library. The exhibit features the Detroit River bookmarks in large format along with a map of the Great Lakes Areas of Concern, information about our local Remedial Action Plan, our partners who work together in restoring the Detroit River, and opportunities for individuals to get involved.

The project itself consists of four bookmarks designs, each featuring unique artwork by local graphic artist, Paul Santos, and matching large format full colour posters for display. The artwork depicts themes related to restoration and remediation in the local Area of Concern; these include: shoreline softening, fish habitat restoration, bird health, native plant gardens, agriculture and industry, and other beneficial uses.

4000 bookmarks will be distributed to patrons through the circulation desks at the University Library, the Windsor Public Library and Essex County Library.  Get yours before they are gone!  For more information on the project, contact the DRCC.
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Upcoming Events
Save the date for these great local events! Please ensure you contact the organizer for more information.


March 6, 2014: 7:30pm

Committee Room C, Essex Civic Centre, Essex


Guest speaker Steve Marks will speak on the topic of Essex County's reptiles and amphibians. Steve is working with reptiles and amphibians as a member of the Parkway project. Refreshments will be served. Please call Betty at 519-944-0825 to indicate you will be attending.


 - Maple March Break for Families: Friday, 7; repeated on Tuesday, 11 & Friday, 14: 1:30pm sharp 

 - Maple Moon: Tuesday, March 11: 7:00pm (pre-registration required)

John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, Harrow 

These family-friendly maple events take place at the John R. Park Homestead, on the lake shore between Kingsville and Colchester. See the trees tapped and the sap evaporating; learn the science of maple and lend a hand with the process; special activities vary from day to day.  Please click here for more information.


March 10, 2014: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ojibway Nature Centre, Windsor 

Come out to the Ojibway Nature Centre to enjoy an afternoon of crafts and a creature features. Free admission. For more information: www.ojibway.ca


March 12, 2014: 7:30 pm

Ojibway Nature Centre, Windsor 


Annual reports, beverages and snacks! For more information: www.essexcountynature.com


March 16, 2014: 9:00 am 

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, Leamington  


Kory Renaud will lead a late winter birding walk at Hillman Marsh Conservation Area.  Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Hillman Marsh parking lot. For more information: www.essexcountynature.com


Various dates (see below)

Meet the Scientist & Cash Bar at 6:30 pm, Lecture at 7 pm 

Cranbrook Institute of Science


Is More Better? -  March 20, 2014 Striking a Balance Between Farming & Freshwater Hear Saginaw Bay Project Director Mary Fales explain how science and academia is working with farmers to protect our freshwater resources as agricultural production increases and intensifies.

Extreme Makeover: Nature Edition!  - April, 24, 2014 
Techniques for Protecting Rare Species & Habitats Learn how Restoration Director Chris May is implementing the latest ecological techniques to save the last of the least and the best of the rest rare species and habitats in Michigan.



Tickets for each lecture are $10 for Nature Conservancy and Cranbrook Institute of Science Members and $12 for non-members. Series tickets: $40 for Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy Members, $50 for non-members.
To register, visit the Admission Desk at the Institute of Science or online.  Seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. This series is sponsored by Northern Trust.

ECFN MEETING - The Effects of Climate Change on Natural Systems  

April 9, 2014: 7:30 pm

Ojibway Nature Centre, Windsor 


Join University of Windsor professor, Dr. Alan S. Trenhaile, at Ojibway Nature Centre to learn about the effect of climate change on natural systems. There is overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that human activities are mainly responsible for climate changes, of which climate warming is an important element, owing to increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Direct measurement and the evidence obtained from ice cores in Antarctica, Greenland, and other areas indicate that the global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased from about 280 ppm in pre-industrial times to 397 ppm in 2014, the highest it has been in the last 800,000 years and probably for the last 20 million years. These changes will have enormous impacts, often with important political, economic, strategic, and sociological implications, on natural systems in Canada and elsewhere in the world. They include the occurrence of more extreme events (droughts, floods, storms), rising sea level (with increasing coastal erosion and flooding), melting permafrost and glacial and sea ice, increased landslides and other slope instabilities, and changes in the latitudinal and altitudinal extent of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. This talk will outline the basic science behind climate change, the evidence for present and recent changes, and the impact of these changes on natural systems from the global to the local scale. For more information: www.essexcountynature.com

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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 through a Remedial Action Plan. Our main goal is to
remove the River from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.