Free family Fun Day August 7, 2022

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.

Hibou News, Spring 2022

SAVE THE DATE – Sunday August 7th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Set this day aside to bring your family to Hibou Conservation
Area for our
Free Family Fun Day.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring Newsletter.

Hibou News, Winter 2022

Happy Winter,

Things tend to be a bit quieter now, at least until we have enough snow for snowshoeing or skiing. While we remain uncertain regarding what the winter will bring in terms of restrictions, you do know that Hibou is there for you to venture out of doors enjoying nature while still staying healthy.

This Newsletter is shorter but just as important. We look forward to any responses. We hope you enjoy the holiday season, respecting all the many different ways that people celebrate.

Click on the link below to open the Newsletter. Feel free to share it as you wish.

Guided Hike on Hibou Interpretive Trail

Join Bob Knapp for an informative hike on the the Interpretive Trail. Learn more about the trail from the person who inspired and worked hard in its remaking. Plus you will see the beginning signs of spring.
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Join Bob Knapp for an informative hike on the Interpretive Trail. Learn more about the trail from the person who inspired and worked hard in its remaking. Plus you will see the beginning signs of spring.

When: Tuesday March 16th 1pm till 3pm (weather forecast looks good so far)

Where: meet at the pump house parking lot southern end of Hibou

Details: be prepared for wet areas. Boots and hiking poles would be helpful

YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE. Click here to register

April 25, 2019 Hibou Beach Clean-up

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.

rmknapp@yahoo.com or 519-371-1255 (can leave a message)

June 28, 2018. The Hibou Wetland Interpretive Trail was officially opened!

We would like to thank all who have supported Friends of Hibou volunteering your time, and energy since we began our work in 2013.  Celebrating the completion of this project was a great event.  It was a sunny warm day.  We enjoyed seeing all those who attended.  Thank you to Carol Harris for these photos.

People gathered at the entrance to the trail. Sonya Skinner, CEO of Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) greeted people arriving.

 

 

 

Kate McLaren is past President of OSFN, one of our donors.

Krista Mckee, retired from GSCA, contributed significantly to the design of the signs abd brochure.

Don Sankey, a member of the Friends of Hibou Steering committee is also Chair of the GSCA Foundation, another donor.

Catherine Little, Chair of the  GSCA Board of Governors brought greetings from the GSCA and complimented Friends of Hibou on the work that went into the trail as well as the outcome.

Bob Knapp, Co-Chair of the Committee, spoke about the history of Friends of Hibou and introduced the speakers.

Dick Hibma, past Board Chair expressed his support for this project. He introduced  Larry Miller MP who said he will be bringing his grandchild to walk the trail when they come to visit Owen Sound.

 

Bill Walker MPP spoke of the value of the Interpretive Trail in educating as well as in promoting and supporting general health and well being.

 

 

 

Don Sankey thanked the Funders: Kiwanis Club of Owen Sound, OSFN, Community Foundation, Bob and Marie Knapp  Family Endowment Fund (Community Foundation), GSCA Foundation, TD Environmental Fund.   Marie Knapp expressed the vision seeing a future where parents and grandparents bring their children to the Trail.  She also invited teachers to bring classes there for the many ways the trail supports the curriculum at several levels. The brochure is available in the box below the signs at both entrances and on line if someone wishes to review it in advance.

The Trail was officially opened when the ribbon was cut by Stewart Reid of Community Foundation with Kate McLaren of OSFN and Kevin Dandeno of the Kiwanis.

Following a short meet and greet with light refreshments, Bob Knapp led a walk around the trail loop.

 

We hope you will find an opportunity to walk the trail.  Pick up a brochure at the large sign and read the interpretive comments related to each number as you reach the appropriate post.  Wetlands serve a valuable purpose in preventing flooding and helping to filter surface water. They also provide habitat for plants and animals not found elsewhere. Enjoy your walk through this wetland.

 

 

 

 

Tues-Wed Aug 29-30 morning, 2017 Volunteers Needed

DSCF4129GSCA will have boardwalk and cement blocks on the trail ready to place and attach with screw drills.  On the 29th, we will put in place 18 to 20 eight foot lengths of boardwalk on the wet land trail and attach as needed.

If you can help please meet us:

When: at 9:00 am till 12:30 Tues. Aug. 29.  We will use Wednesday if we need a rain day or if the work has not been completed Tuesday. 

Where to meet:  by the road at the main gate to the Hibou Conservation Area beach on East BayShore Road.

What To Bring:   work gloves, drinking water, boots for wet land and a battery operated drill if you have one.

RSVP:  marieknapp@rogers.com   It would be helpful to know if you think you can make it.  We hope to have 6 to 8 volunteers along with workers from GSCA. 

Friends of Hibou is grateful for your volunteering assistance.

 

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