If you dare, take a peek at the live display of snakes, turtles and reptiles. Learn more….
by Krista McKee
With summer here, we are searching for things to do, places to see and adventures to experience. Hibou Conservation Area is one of these interesting and fun filled areas to explore that is just a few minutes away from Owen Sound.
Check out the list below.
Did you know that on Sunday August 7th the parking fee will be waived at Hibou for the “Free Family Fun Day”. This activity-filled day will allow us to stop, look, listen and learn what Hibou has to offer.
Upon your arrival, you will be given an Explore Passport that you bring to each activity in the park.
There are so many things to visit starting with trees, see the instruments they use to measure a tree’s width and height.
How many marsh monsters live in our water – water spiders, mosquito larva, dragonflies and more – see how big they are under a microscope? These monsters are how we determine the health of our lakes, rivers and streams.
Fossils that tell us what was here before us. See the interesting creatures that were caught in sand and slowly turned into rock.
The Sydenham Sportsman’s Association will show you what lives in our bay, from egg to fish and all the things they do to help with the fish population in our area.
If you dare, take a peek at the live display of snakes, turtles and reptiles. On their website they say:
” we do love to allow the public to participate in a hands-on manner with our beautiful animals. Often the interpreter will have a snake available to allow those who are interested the experience of getting up close and personal.”
The Nature Discovery display will have a collection of interesting things that have been collected over the years.
Drinking Water Source Protection will demonstrate what happens upstream and how it affects everything downstream.
Once you have visited all the activities, take time to stop and let the kids play on the new playground equipment that The Optimist Club of Sydenham and District along with their Youth Club fundraised to purchase and install at Hibou.
Have lunch at Hibou and support The Optimist’s BBQ lunch fundraiser for their 2022 projects.
Big Bay Ice Cream will be there too.
Don’t forget to take a hike with the trail guides of Hibou.
Happy Spring! Time to get working on the Sandy Beach Clean-up at Hibou again. It does make a difference. Unfortunately last year was put off due to weather.
When: Thursday April 25th 9:30 till noon or so
Where: meet us at the beach parking lot.
What to bring: Pitchforks and Wheel barrows are most useful. Rakes help you pull the debris up and onto the shore as much is still in the water this year. You will need rubber boots as often you will be at the water’s edge. Work gloves can also be helpful. Bring water and a snack.
If heavy rain, we will postpone. We will work if only drizzling.
Please let us know if you plan to join us. Your help would be much appreciated.
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When: Tuesday morning April 25th at 9:30 till noon
Where to meet: at the beach parking lot
What to bring: work gloves, tools such as rakes and pitchforks plus a wheel barrow if you have one. we simply have to move the sawdust debris from the shore and dump it back a little so that the GSCA tractor can pick it up.
It is getting to be that time again. Sometime in the last century there was sawmill and they dumped the sawdust into Georgian Bay. The current picks up what lies on the bottom and takes it to be dumped along the shoreline at the Hibou beach area. By getting rid of it a little at a time, it makes the beach area much more pleasant for swimming through the summer. We are hoping that by doing this in early spring this year we will catch more of the sawdust before it is washed into the water.
It is so helpful for us to know roughly how many will be there to help. If there is significant rain that morning we will have to reschedule. Many hands make lighter work.
We are very grateful for all the help we get from our volunteers. Thank you so much for your contributions of time and energy. The pictures show well the success of work teams in the past. You are great.
We have scheduled two mornings when we plan to build boardwalks again. We need volunteers. Can you help? Please let us know ahead. Email Bob Knapp firstname.lastname@example.org
Date and Time: Wed July 27 and Thurs July 28, 9:00 to 12:30.
Location: meet at the garage at the left parking lot at main beach.
Bring: hammer, work gloves and ear protection if you have it and a bathing suit if you want to swim.
Plan: There will be pre-cut wood on the site. We will work in teams to build 8 ft sections. They will be stored in the garage until a later date when we use them to replace some of the older sections in the wetland.
Please contact Bob Knapp ahead if you plan to come:
Reminder: Help us get Hibou Beach ready for kids and adults to enjoy this summer. Last year the beach was significantly improved when several volunteers came together for a morning to work at removing sawdust and wood debris along the shore. Let’s do it again!
When: Tuesday May 17th from 9:30 till noonish.
Where: Meet at the beach.
Bring rakes, pitch forks, wheelbarrows, work gloves if you have them.
For me this is like picking up where we left off over 30 years ago. Bob had been very involved with the procurement of Hibou. We have continued to visit the area for a walk along the shore or for a ski or snowshoe over the years. The water levels changing have had an impact on the beach at Paynter’s Bay but that didn’t keep us from entering the trails more to the south and finding a place for a refreshing dip in the water on a hot summer’s day.
Frequently it crossed my mind that we should develop a Friends of Hibou to help with the upkeep of the area. In his book published in 2008, Bob Knapp wrote: “Thirty five years have passed since Hibou became a park. Perhaps it is time to form a friends of Hibou organization to assist with the park so that it continues to be a very special place on Georgian Bay“.
The timing is right. Malcolm Kirk died in September 2012. In his obituary I found the following: “An ardent conservationist throughout his life, Mac was deeply committed to the preservation of Ontario’s and Canada’s natural heritage. Mac and his generation were the pioneers of Ontario’s modern environmental movement. His legacy is manifested in numerous nature reserves which were secured in conjunction with public and non-profit nature organizations.” Yes the time is right! It is partly filling a legacy left behind by those of another generation who were ahead of their times. This is very exciting!