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


March Snowshoe at Hibou

Third sunny day in a row.  The temperature was finally above freezing.  I needed another photo 4snowshoe through the trees to help rejuvenate.  I took to the Hibou trails and thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings.  As I wandered along the trails, I was pleased to see the packed snow from a number of people who obviously frequent the area.  The thought crossed my mind that once the snow begins to melt the area is going to be flooded for a while.

photo 3The Friends of Hibou work group plus some Grey Sauble Conservation Authority staff worked hard to build the boardwalks that will be placed on the trails at the back where most of the water lies in the spring.  But we need the area to be reasonably dry before  their placement can be done.  You may wish to get out on the trails while it is still winter weather and they are passable.  Then you can also see the new signs that have been placed.  The remainder of photo 1the signs will go up soon.photo 2

13 Snowshoers trek through Hibou last Sunday

A gold medal day for the snow shoeing trek through the Hibou Conservation Area this past Sunday.

Well, perhaps not Olympic level in the afternoon event sponsored by Friends of Hibou in the wooded trails on the east side of the Harbor just north of Owen Sound. But great spirits and fun for the intrepid 13 who reveled in the brilliant sun but froze a little in the sharp northerly winds.

Chris Hachey lead us from the parking lot at the pumping station into the west side of the park, around the circular trail with side trips onto the beach and shore ice. Lots of birds in sight, especially around the feeders.  We did make a short side trip up the east side trail.

All 13 who started finished together. Many thanks to Chris for his leadership – and  home made cookies

Submitted by Jake Doherty

Snow Shoe Hike at Hibou Conservation Area Feb 16th

This is an invitation to the members of Friends of Hibou and of the Sydenham Bruce Trail and your friends.

Please come out for a snow shoe hike and enjoy this beautiful piece of property so close to Owen Sound.  Head out of Owen Sound on 3rd Ave East and proceed toward Leith on Grey Road 15.

When:             Feb 16th 1:30 pm

Where:           Meet at the south parking lot of Hibou Conversation Area. 

                         On your right as you approach the area from Owen Sound;

                        just after entering the Conservation area

Length:           for about 1 to 1.5 hrs depending on conditions.

Leader:          Jake Doherty            Friends of Hibou Committee member

Jake invites you back to his house just south of the Conservation Area for warm drinks and cookies after the hike.

RSVP.       Please phone or email Jake if you plan to attend.
                         jmdoherty@rogers.com      (519) 371-0252

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.

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