Volunteer Events

2018 Beach Cleanup postponed to May 3rd

Happy Earth Day.  Enjoy this beautiful sunny weather.  We are postponing the Beach Cleanup to Thursday May 3rd.  Hopefully all the snow will be fully melted away and the weather will be cooperative.  Over the past few years that we have been doing this, we have had positive results and good feedback.

Meet us at the main beach parking lot at 9:30.  We will work till noon.  Mostly we will need pitch forks and wheel barrows if you can bring them. Work gloves and drinking water can be helpful for you too.

Please let us know if you are coming to help so we will be expecting you.  Email us at friendsofhibou@rogers.com

If it is raining hard we will postpone.

Friends of Hibou

Marie and Bob


Thursday, April 19: Earth day hike at Hibou

Meet:  1pm at Hibou south parking lot (next to the water pump station) on the east side of Grey County Rd 15.

Hike 5 to 6 km with Bob and Marie Knapp along the different trails in the park and along the shore.  Wear boots. Snow shoes might be useful.  Learn about the park’s history and about recent improvements.   Approximately 2.5 hrs.

See you there.

2018 Winter and Spring events

Happy New Year everyone,

Here are the events we have planned for 2018.  We will post any changes or additional details closer to the date.

Feb 4th, Sunday, Carol Harris will be leading a Bruce trail snowshoe hike at Hibou.  With the cold weather and lots of snow, this will likely be a beautiful hike. Meet at 1:15 at the south parking lot (Pump House) at Hibou Conservation Area on Grey Road 15.  Enjoy this 2 hour snowshoe hike along the inland trails.  Contact Carol at carol_harris@icloud.com

April 19th, Thursday, Bob Knapp will be leading an interpretive spring hike. Please check back for details re time and meeting place or changes related to weather.

April 25th, Wednesday, We will have our annual beach clean up of debris. We are pleased with the work volunteers do every spring to help remove the available debris to make the beach more pleasant in the summer.  Meet us at the main beach parking lot at 9:30.  We will work till noon.  Mostly we will need pitch forks and wheel barrows if you can bring them.

May 9th, Wednesday, we will have our annual trail clipping afternoon.  Join us at 1:00 pm at the south parking lot.  Bring clippers and work gloves if you have any.  We will work till about 3:30.

May 31st, Thursday, we will do our annual shoreline cleanup.  This involves the rough shoreline south of the beach and the main beach if it is necessary.   Meet at 9:30 at the main beach parking lot (north lot) and we will work till noon. We will have garbage bags.  Bring work gloves, water and appropriate clothing for weather along the shore.  We mainly seem to pick up old lighters, plastic lids from bottles and other plastics.  It is easier when we do it every year.  Hope you can join us.

Thank you to everyone who helps make Hibou Conservation Area a place to appreciate our natural environment.

Friends of Hibou Committee

To All the Supporters of the Friends of Hibou

Approaching the end of 2017, our small committee has come together to examine our progress so far. While we have had some set backs, in all we have continued to support conservation at Hibou.
You, our supporters, have contributed in a variety of ways. We are grateful for your enthusiasm. Several of you have given of your time and energy to help with trail clipping, beach clean up and boardwalk building. The trails continue to be used by those who value and appreciate having such a Natural area so close to Owen Sound and the small communities within Meaford and Georgian Bluffs. We hear that some folk have brought their visiting family and friends to experience the beauty of the area. Thank you.

Other supporters have contributed in helping us fund our projects with grants available through their organizations. It feels like the right thing to do when we see local money contributing to a local project. The current project that we hope will be completed by summer 2018 is the Interpretive Wetland Trail. The pamphlet is done. The large signs are in the making and will be installed likely as soon as the soil permits in the spring. We look forward to announcing the opening of the trail when it is completed. It will serve all ages; it will be a place families can bring the children and teachers can take students.

We look forward to continuing an effective and pleasant working relationship with the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority with Jason Traynor.   This relationship was established under the leadership of John Cottrill and Chris Hachey.  Friends of Hibou have made a significant difference, helping GSCA with the care and maintenance of the area.  We look forward to continuing this in the future.

We wish to thank you for all that you do and will continue to do to support the conservation of this natural area. We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a year of good health, joy, peace and good times.

Friends of Hibou committee

Very soon, we will be posting the dates of events in early 2017. Keep watching.

Aug 28-29, 2017 work day postponed

Watch for new date.

DSCF4123We hope you have enjoyed this summer.  Unfortunately we are postponing our work day tomorrow for two reasons:

  • no one has contacted us to say they would be there
  • the area is quite wet and postponing the work day for a couple of weeks could make it easier to do.

Watch for our next notice for the new date.

Chris Hachey is no longer with the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority.  We enjoyed working with Chris.

We are pleased to have Jason Traynor as our new liaison.  He is quite experienced with the area and GSCA and has been good to work with.

Marie and Bob Knapp

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