Volunteer Events

Tues-Wed Aug 29-30 morning, 2017 Volunteers Needed

DSCF4129GSCA will have boardwalk and cement blocks on the trail ready to place and attach with screw drills.  On the 29th, we will put in place 18 to 20 eight foot lengths of boardwalk on the wet land trail and attach as needed.

If you can help please meet us:

When: at 9:00 am till 12:30 Tues. Aug. 29.  We will use Wednesday if we need a rain day or if the work has not been completed Tuesday. 

Where to meet:  by the road at the main gate to the Hibou Conservation Area beach on East BayShore Road.

What To Bring:   work gloves, drinking water, boots for wet land and a battery operated drill if you have one.

RSVP:  marieknapp@rogers.com   It would be helpful to know if you think you can make it.  We hope to have 6 to 8 volunteers along with workers from GSCA. 

Friends of Hibou is grateful for your volunteering assistance.

 

Wanted: Photos for the 2018 Calendar

Yes, we are planning for the 2018 Calendars and invite you to contribute. The calendars will be sent to people who have volunteered time and effort during the year.  We will also give them to our project funders. We may have some to sell and the proceeds will be used to fund the calendar project. 

We are looking for photos that promote Hibou including summer fun on the beach, beaver activity in the wetlands, fall colours, winter activities and natural features such as ice formations. We would like high resolution photos (300 ppi). The photographer for each photo used for the calendar will be recognized.

Deadline date for submissions:   photos related to Sept till April is June 12th;   photos related to May till August is August 28th.  

To submit photos, or get more information, please contact Carol Harris at:  carol_harris@icloud.com

Also you can visit our website  http://friendsofhibou.com

We look forward to your contributions and will let you know if one of your photos has been selected.  Thank you for helping Friends of Hibou

Saturday May 27th: Volunteers Needed at Hibou

We would love to know if you can meet us for Trail Clipping and Shoreline Cleanup.

Meet us at 9:30am at the first parking lot after the Hibou Entrance when you are coming from Owen Sound … where the Meaford water station is located.

Bring work gloves and clippers if you have them, water, hat, sun screen and “bug stuff” may be useful too.   Although just showing up is fine, it would be helpful if you let us know if you are coming.  Email us at friendsofhibou@rogers.com or marieknapp@rogers.com.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Marie Knapp

Saturday May 27: Trail Clipping New Date

Postponed Trail Clipping that was scheduled for Tuesday May 9th. We will plan to do it on Saturday morning May 27 and combine it with the shoreline cleanup.

Due to the excessive wet in the wet land area we decided to postpone the Trail Clipping that was scheduled for Tuesday May 9th.  We will plan to do it on Saturday morning May 27 and combine it with the shoreline cleanup.

Meet us at 9:30am at the first parking lot after the Hibou Entrance when you are coming from Owen Sound.

Bring work gloves and clippers if you have them, water, hat, sun screen and “bug stuff” may be helpful too.   It would be helpful if you let us know if you are coming.  But just showing up is fine too.  Hopefully the sun will be shining.

 

 

May 2017: Hibou Trail Clipping Afternoon

Volunteers can help us improve the trails.

When:  Tuesday May 9/17 at 1:oopm till about 3:30

Where:  Meet us at the first parking lot after the Hibou Entrance coming from Owen Sound.

What to bring:  large branch clippers, work gloves, water and hat etc.

Giving the trails a good clipping in the spring keeps them in good shape for the rest of the year. It would be helpful if you could let us know if you are coming.  But just showing up is fine too.

Our Website: We are feeling really good about enhancements we have made to our web site.  Click here to look around the site.  You may even see your picture on it somewhere.

Note:  Committee members meet briefly at 12:30 same location.

April 2017: Successful Beach Clean-up In spite of Rain

What an industrious group of 16 volunteers working together to make the beach a great swimming spot for families and visitors!  The wall of wood debris we were faced with as we began our work felt rather insurmountable but we didn’t let that stop us.  Wheel barrows and pitchforks came in very handy given the depth of the debris at the water’s edge.  In fact we could have used more pitch forks but the surplus of rakes gave others the job of pulling together the smaller piles into larger ones that could be lifted into wheel barrows.  Let the pictures tell the tale.

Thank you to everyone for your gift of time and effort.  This is a good example of how the Friends of Hibou work. Friends helping friends.

The picture shows the piles of debris now ready to be moved away from the shore by GSCA staff.

Beach Clean-up Tues Apr 25, 2017 9:30am

When: Tuesday morning April 25th at 9:30 till noon

Where to meet: at the beach parking lot

What to bring: work gloves, tools such as rakes and pitchforks plus a wheel barrow if you have one.  we simply have to move the sawdust debris from the shore and dump it back a little so that the GSCA tractor can pick it up.

It is getting to be that time again.  Sometime in the last century there was  sawmill and they dumped the sawdust into Georgian Bay.  The current picks up what lies on the bottom and takes it to be dumped along the shoreline at the Hibou beach area.  By getting rid of it a little at a time, it makes the beach area much more pleasant for swimming through the summer.  We are hoping that by doing this in early spring this year we will catch more of the sawdust before it is washed into the water.

It is so helpful for us to know roughly how many will be there to help. If there is significant rain that morning we will have to reschedule. Many hands make lighter work.

let us know by email at friendsofhibou@rogers.com