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

First Work Party, Thursday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m.

Early Spring

Just a reminder that our first work party will be:

Thursday, May 5, 1:00 p.m.

We will meet at the South Parking Lot, do some trail clipping
and put up some bat boxes.

The next work party will be:

May 17, 9:30 a.m. We will be working on beach clean up until noon. Meet at the beach parking lot and bring rakes, pitch forks, wheelbarrows, etc.

Hope to see you there!

 

Fire Pits Dismantled

fire pitsIt was a beautiful morning on July 20, 2015 when volunteer Bob Knapp joined GSCA staff Lee and Neil.  They walked along the shore south of the Hibou beach area and took apart several large fire pits, picking up all the associated garbage left behind by their users.  The area is getting cleaned up well.  It is a beautiful area to be enjoyed in its natural state as much as possible.

Would you like to be a volunteer?  We have cleanup projects about three times a year.  If you are interested and available during the week let us know and we will be sure to be in touch next time a work party is organized.  Thank you.

friendsofhibou@rogers.com

Hibou Trails Improved

Trail work this summer has been delayed due to the unusual weather patterns we have been experiencing.  The planned location for the boardwalk is at the back of the acreage to the south and east of the road.  The trail into that spot has been very wet, making it impossible to take the constructed boardwalk pieces in.  However we are very pleased to say that gravel has been brought in and spread with the use of a backhoe and a skid steer by Elmridge Contracting July 2014d

The next step will be to get the boardwalk pieces in to the site where they will be placed.  After that  a team of volunteers will work with Chris Hatchey to lay them securely.  It has been a long wait but will be well worth it when we finally get the boardwalk in place.  The grant money we received has all been spent and then some.  We are grateful for the contribution from the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority to make this happen.  It looks better already.

If you are interested in volunteering to put the boardwalk in place securely, keep watching this web site.  We will be posting all the information here when everything is ready for our work.  It is exciting to see this all falling into place.  We would love to hear from you about how you are using Hibou.  Give us some positive feedback as you see progress being made. We really want to see the area being used and appreciated.

July 2014c          July 2014b

Planning for 2014

photo 2What a great March meeting of our enthusiastic committee!  We discussed projects for 2014 as well as events.   While there remains a big question related to the effects of this cold and snowy winter on water levels, we still know there will be work to do.

You will notice that some of our signs we made with the GSCA staff  last fall are already in place.  A calendar of events is being created to share on our web site so that it will be easily available.  Keep watching.  We are all anticipating a lovely warm spring.

If you have not signed up to receive emails on our web site or just want to explore the site more just go to www.friendsofhibou.com.  You may also wish to “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/friendsofhibou.

We are very pleased to now have a membership on the Community Foundation Grey Bruce Environment website.  Check it out here.

More news coming soon,

Marie Knapp

 

A Successful Building Day

Oct 2013a  Oct 2013 e

Following a week of rain and two days of cold sun, we were lucky to have cloudy, dry warm day to bring a group of 11 workers together to construct the 25  eight-foot boardwalks for the wet part of the trail.  Three hard working teams managed to complete the task by just after noon.  What a group!

Those of us who love to use the trails are grateful for your time and effort in making this happen.

Thanks also to TD Canada Trust and their environmental funding for the purchase of the wood.  We are definitely off to a great start in making the trails more user friendly.  Soon you will see new signage with maps identifying “You Are Here.”  at specific points along the trail.

If you are interested in joining the work groups, be sure to give us your email.  There will be more work parties needed in the spring when the area dries out and the constructed boardwalks can be appropriately placed.  (See the picture below)

Where the boardwalks will be placed.