Winter Hikes at Hibou

Please note!  All Friends of Hibou hikes are cancelled until further notice.  Trails are still open for your use.  

Enjoy life with Covid restrictions even in winter! Come out on a hike with Friends of Hibou. When registering, leave name, number attending and phone number.

All hikes will be 1 to 3pm and you will meet at the south parking lot (by Pumping station.) The date may be later that week depending on weather. You will be emailed any changes. According to latest provincial directive, numbers will be limited to 5 including the leader.

You must register in advance.

 Register at https:// www.greysauble.on.ca/waiver/covid-19-guidelines-and-waiver-forguided-hikes-friend-of-hibou/

Reminder – social distancing will be in place, and masks should be quickly available in the case of inadvertent closer contact than planned. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in regards to COVID-19.

Tuesday January 12, Bob Knapp will lead a hike or snowshoe likely on the Interpretative Trail and see the winter changes in the wet land area.

Monday February 1, Barry Lewin will lead a snowshoe or hike on the Point Trail.

Monday Feb 15, Don Sankey Explore winter hiking with a camera. Learn more about winter light, snow and more.

We Wish You Good Times Ahead in 2021!

May you spend. this season in calm and peaceful conversation with those who matter to you. May the year ahead bring you good health and be filled with joy and may it be a whole lot better than 2020…. please 😊

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Friends of Hibou Committee. We look forward to times when we can gather in groups and enjoy singing and laughing and hugging safely without wearing a mask.

Marie Knapp, Bob Knapp, Don Sankey, Barry Lewin, Krista McKee, Brian Tannahill, Susan McGowan

Necessary Boardwalk Repair

Several pieces of wood on the boardwalk on the Interpretive Trail were showing major signs of disrepair. Last week Bob replaced eight boards and it was much more work than anticipated. He pulled the wood boards in on a toboggan.

Pulling out the old boards was the most difficult. The nails refused to pull out. New boards are being screwed in place. The replaced boards makes that part much easier and safer to walk on.

We will be needing volunteers to replace many more boards in the spring. Bob is now well versed in what will be needed.

Hibou Hikes Start Dec 15th

Are you looking for an interesting outdoor event over the next several weeks? This will be a long winter so let’s make the best of it.

Check out the hikes listed below and on the front page of the newsletter. Hibou is a beautiful area in winter too.

When registering, leave name, number attending and phone number. Except for the Dec 31st event with Krista all hikes will be 1 to 3pm and you will meet at the south parking lot (by Pumping station.) The date may be later that week depending on weather. You will be emailed any changes.

You must register in advance.

To register click on this link

Reminder-social distancing will be in place, and masks should be quickly available in the case of inadvertent closer contact than planned. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in regards to COVID-19.

Dec 15th. Annette Patrick will lead a hike or snowshoe along the Point Trail and explore the magical nature of Hibou.

December 31 Krista McKee Kids and parents celebrate New Years Eve day, December 31, @ 2:00pm. Snowshoe/hike and winter fire with bannock and hot chocolate. Bring your travel mug, Donations accepted.

January 12 Join Bob Knapp for a hike or snowshoe likely on the Interpretative Trail and see the winter changes in the wet land area.

February 1, Barry Lewin will lead a snowshoe or hike on the Point Trail.

Feb 15, Don Sankey Explore winter hiking with a camera. Learn more about winter light, snow and more.

Reminder-social distancing will be in place, and masks should be quickly available in the case of inadvertent closer contact than planned. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in regards to COVID-19.

Hibou Update

Greetings from the Friends of Hibou!

Perhaps Covid-19 Pandemic isolation time is a  good time for you to browse through our web site.  It could even possibly be a family activity time.  You might want to plan some activities at Hibou when this is over in the summer. 

We recently posted a new set of photos taken by Tom Hakala.  Go to Nature Photos .

Tom’s creative photography shares with us some of winter’s splendor.  A great example of making the best of life’s challenges. 

We are disappointed that the Pandemic has meant that the Grey Sauble Parks and Trails have been closed.  Hopefully all the cancellations and closures will shorten the time this lasts.  We had some events planned for this spring.  Sadly we are not sure when we will be able to reschedule them.  Keep checking.  Our committee will have a virtual meeting in April and hope to come up with whatever we can with some degree of certainty. 

Being in nature can be an excellent way to de-stress.  Nature is a healer.  Spend quiet time there.

Happy New Year

Friends of Hibou are excited about the new year coming up.  We developed a Newsletter which we sent out to a few people.  Now it is time to share that information more on our web site, Face Book Page and LinkedIn!   Certainly we will be sending out  more information over the next few months as our plans solidify.  Are you curious? You have to read about it in the Newsletter.  Click on the link below to read it.

Newsletter 2020 b

If you are interested in volunteering in any of the things we talk about in the newsletter, please let me know.                   marieknapp@rogers.com

Want to know more about things we have done?  Go to our website www.friendsofhibou.com and check out the project photos.

Happy New Year

April 25, 2019 Hibou Beach Clean-up

Happy Spring!  Time to get working on the Sandy Beach Clean-up at Hibou again. It does make a difference. Unfortunately last year was put off due to weather.

When: Thursday April 25th 9:30 till noon or so

Where: meet us at the beach parking lot.

What to bring: Pitchforks and Wheel barrows are most useful. Rakes help you pull the debris up and onto the shore as much is still in the water this year.  You will need rubber boots as often you will be at the water’s edge. Work gloves can also be helpful. Bring  water and a snack.

If heavy rain, we will postpone. We will work if only drizzling.

Please let us know if you plan to join us.  Your help would be much appreciated.

rmknapp@yahoo.com or 519-371-1255 (can leave a message)

Thank You Jake

On Saturday Nov 17 2018, Jake Doherty, one of the founding  members of Friends of Hibou passed away in Ottawa.  It is with sadness and appreciation that we reflect on his enthusiastic support of this group.  Jake  lived along the shore just south of Hibou Conservation Area and walked the trails and shoreline regularly.  He valued nature and the outdoors  and brought a friendly spirit to the work we were doing there.  The picture was taken in 2015 during one of our shoreline  clean-up days.  Thank you Jake for all that you have given to our community over the years.

June 28, 2018. The Hibou Wetland Interpretive Trail was officially opened!

We would like to thank all who have supported Friends of Hibou volunteering your time, and energy since we began our work in 2013.  Celebrating the completion of this project was a great event.  It was a sunny warm day.  We enjoyed seeing all those who attended.  Thank you to Carol Harris for these photos.

People gathered at the entrance to the trail. Sonya Skinner, CEO of Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) greeted people arriving.

 

 

 

Kate McLaren is past President of OSFN, one of our donors.

Krista Mckee, retired from GSCA, contributed significantly to the design of the signs abd brochure.

Don Sankey, a member of the Friends of Hibou Steering committee is also Chair of the GSCA Foundation, another donor.

Catherine Little, Chair of the  GSCA Board of Governors brought greetings from the GSCA and complimented Friends of Hibou on the work that went into the trail as well as the outcome.

Bob Knapp, Co-Chair of the Committee, spoke about the history of Friends of Hibou and introduced the speakers.

Dick Hibma, past Board Chair expressed his support for this project. He introduced  Larry Miller MP who said he will be bringing his grandchild to walk the trail when they come to visit Owen Sound.

 

Bill Walker MPP spoke of the value of the Interpretive Trail in educating as well as in promoting and supporting general health and well being.

 

 

 

Don Sankey thanked the Funders: Kiwanis Club of Owen Sound, OSFN, Community Foundation, Bob and Marie Knapp  Family Endowment Fund (Community Foundation), GSCA Foundation, TD Environmental Fund.   Marie Knapp expressed the vision seeing a future where parents and grandparents bring their children to the Trail.  She also invited teachers to bring classes there for the many ways the trail supports the curriculum at several levels. The brochure is available in the box below the signs at both entrances and on line if someone wishes to review it in advance.

The Trail was officially opened when the ribbon was cut by Stewart Reid of Community Foundation with Kate McLaren of OSFN and Kevin Dandeno of the Kiwanis.

Following a short meet and greet with light refreshments, Bob Knapp led a walk around the trail loop.

 

We hope you will find an opportunity to walk the trail.  Pick up a brochure at the large sign and read the interpretive comments related to each number as you reach the appropriate post.  Wetlands serve a valuable purpose in preventing flooding and helping to filter surface water. They also provide habitat for plants and animals not found elsewhere. Enjoy your walk through this wetland.