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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Beach Clean-up Tues Apr 25, 2017 9:30am

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.

let us know by email at friendsofhibou@rogers.com

 

New Boardwalks For Hibou

Oct 2013aWe 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 rmknapp@yahoo.com

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.Oct 2013 e

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:

rmknapp@yahoo.com or phone 519 371 1255

Enthusiastic Group Begins

by Marie Knapp

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!

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