It may not look like spring these days but it did arrive some time ago and we are now well into April. I have visited Hibou several times over the last few weeks and have enjoyed walking along the beach and then crossing the road to explore the trails there. Conditions have been wet, and sometimes snowy, but if you wear the proper footwear you can still do some great exploring.
We will be looking for volunteers to help with trail and beach maintenance in May:
May 5, 1:00 p.m. We will meet at the South Parking Lot, do some trail clipping and put up some bat boxes.
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.
I will send out another reminder closer to the date but put us on your calendar and come on out to help! There will also be an opportunity to help with building boardwalks later in the season. I’ll keep you posted. See you at Hibou! C. Harris
Thank you for volunteering with us. The Board Members of the Friends of Hibou wish you a joyful holiday season and hope that 2016 brings you good health, happiness and peace.
The year is moving quickly. It seems time runs away as we get closer to the new year. The Friends of Hibou Board met in late October to conclude the years activity and make some plans for 2016.
We are very pleased with what we have been able to accomplish with the funding dollars we have received through the Community Foundation Grey Bruce and the TD Canada Trust Environmental Fund. However we would not have been able to put it to use without the assistance of volunteers like you.
It 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.
We are excited about the high water. The Sandy beach looks inviting except for the debris that looks like twigs and sawdust. Can you help? Summer is almost here!
Bring a wheelbarrow, rake, pitchfork and you enthusiasm. Join us Tuesday at 10am at the parking lot at the Hibou beach. We aim to be done by 2:30. Bring water and lunch. Stay as long as you are able. If you have to leave earlier, that is ok.
Do you remember how popular the Hibou Beach was in the 80s? The sandy shore line was so filled with families that new parking areas were established. Now that the water level is back up to that level, we are ready to clean up the beach area so people can once again enjoy swimming there.
We need your help.
When: Tuesday June 2nd, 10am till about 2:30 but come when you are able during that time.
What to bring: If you can, bring a wheelbarrow, rake, pitch fork or shovel. GSCA will have a tractor there to assist with removal of the debris that washes up on the beach. Bring water and lunch. The weather forecast looks good at the moment.
We would love to have your help. Let us know if you are planning to join us. firstname.lastname@example.org
The new boardwalk trail is ready to be officially opening. Marie Knapp talks about how it was a community that brought the Conservation Area into being, a community that began Friends of Hibou and now a community of volunteers that built the Boardwalk.
The Trail is officially opened when Evelyn Holley who is on the Friends of Hibou Committee, and Susan Tuohy, Bank Manager from TD Canada Trust, the funder of the materials necessary to build the Boardwalk, cut the yellow ribbon.
Bob talks about how the Boardwalk makes an area passable that would otherwise be underwater due to Beaver activity and nature. In spring the wetlands come to life.
The group enjoys walking along the 200 feet of Boardwalk built by volunteers and laid down late fall 2014.
Marie shows Susan where we walked in and how the trail system works. There are maps at all junctures on the trails and each map is placed so the reader is facing North to simplify map reading.
In the Fall of 2014, an enthusiastic group of volunteers built and placed about 200 ft of boardwalk over a wet portion of trail. That trail had been impassible for a good portion of the year. Now we will celebrate by officially opening this new boardwalk.
Come and join us Monday May 11 at 12:30pm for a brief opening ceremony located in the north east section of the park.
Park on the road by the beach entrance and head north towards Leith to the trail entrance. Try to arrive at the Boardwalk for 12:30pm opening which should be very brief. Light refreshments will be served.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for trail work following the opening, bring some clippers or a pruning saw and we’ll be making sure the trails are in good shape.
Still snow in the woods, trails are wet, but look at those snow drops – promise of spring to come!! I will go again in a week or two and see what’s happening. Photos and comments by Colleen Walker, Owen Sound.