The sun and the -3 degree temperature invited me to Hibou for a hike today! No need for snowshoes today, it’s a well used trail and I was hiking along with my winter boots. Lots of wildlife on the move today too! Happy Trails!!
On Thursday, March 7th at 10:00 am!! Meet us at the Water Works Parking Lot located at the southend of HIBOU (on your right if you are driving from Owen Sound). We will hike different trails throughout HIBOU and along the shore. Length of our adventure will be 2 – 2.5 hours (5 to 6 km). If there is not much snow, we will hike it without snowshoes.
The Friends of Hibou hope you enjoyed a loving and peaceful holiday season. We wish you enough of all you hope for in 2019. May you experience peace, love and fun. Thank you for your support of the environment by helping us care for this natural treasure close to Owen Sound.
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.
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.