Detroit River Family Fishing Day - July 7th!  
In partnership with the Town of LaSalle, the University of Windsor, Essex Region Conservation and Just Fishin' Friends, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup is hosting the second annual Learn to Fish event!  
 
Join us on Saturday July 7 2018, rain or shine, at the Riverdance Building at Front Road Park, 1190 Front Rd, LaSalle from 8am to 1pm.

This event takes place during Ontario Family Fishing Event week when Canadian residents can fish in Ontario waters without the mandatory license. Fishing equipment will be available for public use for free and there will be displays and giveaways! There will also be tours of the University of Windsor Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre where participants can learn more about the important research that supports healthy fish communities in the river.   
 
Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be required to sign a waiver. Groups of 5 or more are encouraged to register in advance by calling 519-776-5209 ext356. Participants are encouraged to bring their own rods (if they have them), pfds, folding chairs, a hat, sunscreen/bug spray, reusable water bottle, snacks and plenty of patience while waiting for a bite!  
 
The Town of LaSalle is also hosting a FREE SWIM at the LaSalle Outdoor Pool at Front Road Park from 2-4pm. Spend the morning fishing, bring a picnic, and then go for a swim in the afternoon. Sounds like a perfect day!
Detroit River Evening Highlights Research and Progress 
Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Detroit River Evening on June 14th at the historic Mackenzie Hall in Windsor. There were over 80 people in attendance! Thanks to all the presenters who provided updates on the important work being done in the Detroit River Area of Concern by the DRCC Public Advisory Council, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

A special thank you goes out to the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority for providing an informative update on the Gordie Howe International Bridge and for answering all our questions. For more details and pictures of the evening, check out the article on our website here.
DRCC Annual Report 2017/18

To learn more about the many projects that took place over the last year, download the DRCC annual report here!

DRCC Pathway to Delisting 2018/19

We have also updated the Pathway to Delisting! This living work plan documents the remaining actions necessary to delist the Canadian side of the Detroit River as an Area of Concern. Download your copy here!      
Detroit River Boat Tour
Join the Citizens Environment Alliance on July 21 from 12pm
to 4pm and tour the Detroit River with expert narration about environmental issues and unique fish and wildlife habitats. This is an excellent opportunity to see why we must continue to value this special river and do what we can to protect it. This boat tour includes lunch and a cash bar. Registration is $35 CAN/ $30 US. Tickets can be purchased through PayPal via the CEA website. Tickets can also be purchased by cash or cheque at the CEA office, 1950 Ottawa St., Windsor, ON. Contact:  ceaadmin@cogeco.net for more information.  
 
Detroit River Tree Swallow Research Highlight  
Why Monitor Wildlife?  
Intensive development over the last century has greatly contributed to the presence of environmental contaminants, such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and DDT in the water. Despite reducing or stopping their release entirely, we still see these chemicals, or their effects, today. Monitoring contaminant concentrations in wildlife helps researchers gauge the progress of cleanup efforts and identify areas that are in need of more attention. As the Detroit River continues to be restored and environmental health improves, so does the health of local wildlife populations.   
Tree Swallows
Tree swallows feed on insects that emerge from the bottom of the river, where they may be exposed to toxic chemicals. When the birds eat the insects, they can accumulate these toxins. Environment Canada and Climate Change researchers have erected 25 nest boxes at four locations along the river. These boxes are monitored 2-3 times per week during the nesting season. Data has been collected on reproductive success (clutch size, hatching success, fledging success, weight at fledging) and contaminants in eggs including PCBs, mercury, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

To read more about wildlife research in the Detroit River visit our page here!
WindsorEssex Community Foundation's 2018 Vital Signs Survey
WindsorEssex Community Foundation's 2018 Vital Signs ® survey is here and they want to hear from YOU! Let's hear what you think of the quality of life in Windsor/Essex. Visit www.wecf.ca to complete the survey today. Those who complete the survey in full have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win $100! It's time Windsor/Essex, let's hear your voice!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!   
The Detroit River and Great Lakes in the news. Here are some links to articles that may pique your interest. Click the link  to read on.  
Upcoming Events  
Save the date for these great local events! Contact the organizer for more information. 
Boblo Island Exhibit
All July, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, 80 Richmond Street, Amherstburg, ON 
This September marks the 25th anniversary of the closing of Bob-Lo Island Amusement Park. Beginning in July, photos, souvenirs, and other memorabilia will be on display at the Marsh Collection for visitors to view. Free admission.The exhibit is provided by the Marsh Historical Collection. More info here
Annual Butterfly Count
Saturday July 7, 2018, Ojibway Nature Centre. 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor.    
Join the Ojibway Nature Centre on their 25th annual count! Whether you're a beginner or an expert, all butterfly lovers are welcome to help with the annual tally of these beautiful insects. There is a 5$ participant fee paid for by the Friends of Ojibway Prairie.
Forest Bathing Walk
Saturday July 7, 2018, Pelee Island, 6:30pm to 9:30pm 
A sensory-based mindful walk in nature (6:30pm to 9:30pm), with Ben Porchuk, a certified forest therapy guide and recovering scientist. This event features a slow-paced walk with five or six sitting breaks stretched over only 2.5 km., recommended age between 12 and 112. Register at: info@giftoftheforest.com, more details at: www.giftoftheforest.com .
Adventures in the Wild
Ongoing July 10 to August 14th, 2018, Ojibway Nature Centre. 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor.    
Look for wildlife in Ojibway Park and discover an amazing variety of creatures with this hands on program. Orienteering, guided hikes, creature features, art, science and craft activities are all part of this fun and educational camp. Starting Tuesday July 10 to August 14th from 9am to 4pm. Ages 4 to 5 and 6 to 9. Fee is $172 for all six dates.
Essex County Field Naturalists' Club Member Meeting
Wednesday July 11, 2018, 7:30pm, Ojibway Nature Centre. 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor.    
Join ECFNC member John Ambrose talk about all things Pelee Island related!
For more information, please contact Carl Maiolani 519-972-1399, Membership Secretary, Essex County Field Naturalists' Club.   
Peche Island Adventures
Thursday July 12 or August 9 2018, Lakeview Marina, 9200 Riverside Drive East Windsor, ON. 
Join in on this opportunity to explore the City of Windsor's island park. Boat trips, field studies and historical hikes are all part of this unique and exciting adventure for ages 7 to 12! Very limited, please register early. Participants will meet at the Lakeview Arena, Fee is $49. For more information please contact the Ojibway Nature Centre.
Essex Region Conservation 30th Anniversary Golf Tournament
Thursday July 12, Pointe West Golf Club, 200 Golfwood Dr, Amherstburg, ON.  
Join the Essex Region Conservation Foundation for our 30th annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Thursday, July 12, hosted at the beautiful Pointe West Golf Club in Amherstburg. For more information, contact Peter Baldwin at 519-776-5209 ext 367 or via email at   pbaldwin@erca.org.  
Dark Sky Night
Saturday July 14 2018, 8:30pm, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, O
Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) - Windsor Centre for an evening of stargazing starting at 8:30pm. Bring your own binoculars or take a look through one of the special telescopes on site for the evening.   
Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday July 19 2018, 9am to 11am, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Flynn Pavilion - Near Intersection of Picnic Way & Loiter Way, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, 48207 
Please visit their website for past agendas, meeting minutes, and additional information! 
Walking Tour of a Wetland and Meadow Habitat Complex
Friday July 20 2018, 9:30am, Victoria Road, Pelee Island  
David Kraus, an Essex District Biology and Science teacher, will take you on a tour of his impressive created habitats on what was flat farmland only a few years ago. Hear how and why different features of this site were built, and think what you could do on your own land! Hear about and observe the wildlife the site has attracted. There is a mowed path in but be prepared to go off path,come with suitable footwear. Meet at Victoria Rd. just south of Homeward Rd.at 9:30am sharp. Register at: david.kraus@publicboard.ca 519-257-8674.
Point Pelee Parks' Day Bioblitz
Saturday July 21 to Sunday July 22 2018, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, O
In celebration of Point Pelee's 100 years of conservation and even more years of ecological study and monitoring, you are invited to join our first all park, all species BioBlitz. Over a 24-hour period, the park's resources conservation staff will be joined by national experts and local naturalists to conduct an all search for all different kinds of species in the park. Join experts for talks and hikes on different groups of species found in the park or volunteer your time and assist with the count. Contact the park for more information or to register: pelee.info@pc.gc.ca or 519-322-2365.
Belle Isle Stewardship Saturday
Saturday July 21, 2018, 9am to 12pm. Meet on Central Avenue, just east of Portage Way. FYI, this street is listed as Meadow Rd in Google Maps.  
Join the DNR and Belle Isle Conservancy for Stewardship Saturdays. For questions or more information please email Laurel Malvitz-Draper, DNR Resource Steward for the Stewardship Unit at malvitzl@michigan.gov
Butterfly Walk on Stone Road Alvar
Sunday July 29, 2018, 10am to 1pm, Pelee Island, ON. 
Walk with James Kamstra from 10am to 1pm, learn about and see the butterflies of this special habitat. Register with Ontario Nature: seannk@ontarionature.org .


The DRCC initiative is a partnership between government, industry, academics, as well as environmental and community organizations that work together to improve the Detroit River ecosystem through a Remedial Action Plan. Our main goal is to remove the River from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.