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

Trail work postponed

Happy Canada Day to everyone!

Unfortunately the trail we were going to work on at Hibou is too wet to take the truck in. We need to transport the blocks and boardwalk into the work site by truck.  So we have to postpone the trail work.

We may not be able to do it till later in the summer.  We will let you know.  Meanwhile enjoy other sections of Hibou.

Marie Knapp

July 2 and 3 fast approaching

DSCF4129Hi folks,

We are pleased to have 5 people confirmed to help work on laying down the boardwalk at Hibou next Wednesday July 2nd.  we would like to have at least 3 more so check your calendars.  Even a half day is much appreciated.  Email Bob at rmknapp@yahoo.com if you have some time available.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Bob Knapp




Installing the Boardwalk: July 2 and 3

Volunteers helped build the boardwalk.  Now it is time to put it in place.

When: Wed. July 2, and Thurs. July 3  9:00am-4:00pm  Oct 2013 e

Sections will be transported by truck to the wet area.  We will set the sections on blocks and attach them together using a screw gun (Robertson Red Head).   The boardwalk will be over 200 feet long and each section is 8 feet long.

Would you be able to help us?  You can volunteer both days, 1 day or half a day.   Half Day will be from 9:00-12:30  or 1:00-4:00.   We will have snacks available.  Please bring drinking water.  If you have a screw gun, could bring it too.

If you can help:  Please email me rmknapp@yahoo.com or phone me at 519 371 1255

Meeting Place will be at the Beach Parking Lot.   The work area is along the farthest north trail and extends to the trail close to the link to the Tom Thomson Trail.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Bob Knapp


Full Moon Hike Wednesday May 14th 7:30pm

DSCF4153The weather forecast for Wednesday looks good.  Looks like we will have some sun. Join us for an evening hike and hopefully the clouds will clear and the full moon will be shining.

Meet us at 7:30pm at the south parking lot by the pump house just after you enter Hibou Conservation Area.  Bob Knapp will lead us on a hike.  We will likely end by the shore before returning to our cars.  The full moon may be most visible.  In any case the view by the water will be beautiful.  Hike ends at about 9pm.

We would love to see you there.




Trail work still on for today May 1st.

We were lucky  with very little rain yesterday and only 1/2cm last night.  Today the chance of rain between noon and 3pm is only 20%.   So we will continue with our plan to do trail clean up and clipping this afternoon.

Bring clippers. Wear boots and work gloves.   And see you at the south parking lot at 1pm.

Committee members meet at 12:30.

Bob Knapp

Need volunteers for 2 hours on May 1st afternoon

We still need volunteers to join us May 1st at 1pm till 3pm to help with spring clean up and clipping of the trails at Hibou.  Help us make this beautiful area a great place to hike/walk as we watch the glories of spring come to life.

We will meet at the south parking lot of Hibou Conservation Area.  Ask us for directions if you need them.

Please let us know if you can join us.

Contact Bob Knapp:  rmknapp@yahoo.com   or call and leave a message at 519 371 1255

May Day Trail Clean-up

Happy Spring!  And along with the melted snow and ice, it is trail clean up time.  Volunteers welcome.

DSC_0033Join us as we do our part as the Friends of Hibou.

Meet at the south end parking lot at 1:00pm on Thursday May 1st.

Exactly what we do will depend on the trail conditions we see at that time.  But we do know there will be branches to clip and pick up off the trail.

So wear you rain boots (likely there will be water), work gloves and suitable clothing.  Bring along clippers if you have some.  If you can spend a couple of hours that would be much appreciated.

If you know in advance that you are going to join us, please let us know.    Email us at  friendsofhibou@rogers.com

OR give Bob a call at 519 371 1255.

Hope to see you there,

Friends of Hibou Committee.

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