All are invited to attend our upcoming DRCC Public Advisory Council (PAC) and Education and Public Involvement (EPI) Work Group meeting at the University of Windsor at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) in Conference Room 250, on Tuesday October 8 2019 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.

The agenda includes a fourty-five minute presentation with a question and answer period discussing US sediment remediation projects in the Detroit River. The presentation will be
provided by staff from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Following this, there will be updates from the DRCC, PAC and EPI Work Group. We look forward to seeing you there!

Paid street parking or at the University of Windsor is available.

To RSVP, please contact the DRCC at [email protected]

Fish consumption survey underway
We're interested in knowing what fish people catch and eat from the Detroit River. Your input will provide valuable information to Detroit River Canadian Cleanup (DRCC) staff to help guide future research, education and outreach, monitoring and remediation efforts in the Detroit River and its watershed. 

Participants will receive a $5 Tim Horton's gift card (while supplies last) for their time. Take the survey now!
Detroit River watershed community tree planting events
Gignac Park Community Tree Planting
Thanks to the generosity of local philanthropist Sam Sinjari, 50 large stock trees will be planted at Gignac Park in the City of Windsor from 10am - 12pm on Wednesday, October 9. Volunteers are welcome to participate. Parking is available by taking Howard Avenue north, turn right onto Shepherd Street to access the parking lot. 

To RSVP please contact Gina Pannunzio, Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator, Essex Region Conservation Authority, [email protected] or 519-776-5209 ext. 245.

TD Tree Days Windsor
Come out with the DRCC, ERCA, City of Windsor and TD Friends of the Environment to plant over 400 native trees and shrubs! Planting takes place on Saturday October 26 2019, 9am to 12pm at the green space near Florence Avenue and Wyandotte Street East. For more information and to register, click here.

Ecopassage under consideration
The City of Windsor's Environment, Transportation and Public Safety Standing Committee gave its endorsement to the Windsor-Essex County Environment Committee's recommendation that Windsor City Council consider funding for an ecopassage in its next budget deliberations. Tom Henderson, the chair of the DRCC Public Advisory Council, is an advocate of the ecopassage and originally submitted it to WECEC for consideration. More information can be found here.
Open Streets and World Rivers Day celebration
The DRCC celebrated World River's Day at Open Streets on Sunday, September 22. We had a great view of the river as we were set up on Riverside Drive. Many people stopped to learn more about the DRCC, our projects, and the work that we do on the river.  In addition, we shared  river stories and celebrated our progress to date with the community.   There is a lot of love for the Detroit River from the Windsor-Essex community!  
Annual state of the Detroit River boat tour
Thank you to the Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario for hosting the annual State of the Detroit River Boat Tour on September 7! Guests learned about Canadian and American efforts to restore the binational Area of Concern. Special speakers included Dr. John Hartig (Visiting Scholar, GLIER) and Phil Roberts (Director of Parks, Facilities, Recreation, and Culture, Town of Amherstburg)!
Registration for the State of the Strait is now open!
The State of the Strait is an international one-day conference that brings together government managers, researchers, students, environmental and conservation organizations, and concerned citizens to assess ecosystem status and provide advice to improve research, monitoring, and management in the region stretching from Lake St. Clair to the western basin of Lake Erie.
The theme of this year's conference is "Reporting on Indicators of Ecosystem Health" and registration is free. The meeting will be held at the University of Windsor.
For more information about the State of the Strait conference, including registration and location, please visit Display space is available for conference sponsors and vendors, and poster presentations are still being accepted. 
MyCatch App, Anglers and Citizen Science
Fishery managers and scientists are benefiting from a new app called MyCatch, published by Angler's Atlas. The app collects valuable data about fish populations and shares that information with anglers across Canada and in US waterways that connect to the transboundary regions.

Users can log their fishing trips and detail what they caught, with the promise to anglers that their secret spots remain a secret, particularly in research work that uses that information. This data helps resource managers to make informed decisions about conservation and protecting fisheries from over exploitation. By understanding recreational pressures and local fish populations, targeted habitat restoration work can take place to maintain the fisheries. Since July 2019, about 13,000 anglers have contributed, with the most action taking place in the Great Lakes.

Read the full International Joint Commission Article here.
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 organizers for more information. 
Friends of Cedar, Mill, Wigle Creeks Meeting 
October 1 2019, 7pm, Camp Cedarwin, Peach Lodge, 1495 County Rd 23, Kingsville, ON
Join the Friends of Cedar, Mill and Wigle Creeks at their monthly meeting to discuss environmental topics related to the Cedar, Mill and Wigle Creek watersheds. The group's mission includes advocacy and action relating to protecting and enhancing natural areas, combating invasive species, stewardship of the watersheds and local pollution problems. An educational component is usually part of each meeting. New members are always welcome!
Please contact Alan Batke, Chairperson of the FOCMWC through e-mail [email protected] or by phone at 519-733-4845.
October 7 2019, 9am to 11:30am, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON 
ECFNC Member Meeting 
October 9 2019, 7:30pm, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON 
Join the Essex County Field Naturalists Club for their monthly meeting at Point Pelee National Park's Visitor Centre! Sarah Rupert will be presenting on fall bird migration in the park. Refreshments are welcome, and there will be no raffle conducted after this meeting. Attendees will not have to pay admission to the park. For more information, please contact Carl Maiolani, Membership Secretary, [email protected].  
Owl Prowl at Camp Cedarwin 
October 15 2019, 6pm, Camp Cedarwin, Peach Lodge, 1495 County Rd 23, Kingsville, ON
Join the Friends of Cedar, Mill and Wigle Creeks in exploring the forested areas at Camp Cedarwin and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mysterious lives of Ontario's majestic owls! The event takes place on October 15th, under a full moon at 6pm. Guests will take a hike through the forest and enjoy a campfire afterwards with treats and refreshments. This event is all ages, and all are welcome. Please RSVP to Alan Batke, Chairperson of the FOCMWC through e-mail [email protected] or by phone at 519-733-4845.
Evening with Jack Miner with Songs of Fall and Geese 
October 18 2019, 7pm to 9pm, Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary, 332 Road 3 W, Kingsville, ON
Join us for and evening of music and drama! Theatre One starts off with songs of fall and geese. Eric Hansen then returns as Jack Miner to present his one man play.Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 13. Proceeds to benefit the Jack Miner Sanctuary and Theatre One.
Art at the oTENTiks 
October 19 to 20 2019, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON
Take a walk through the oTENTik village and as the leaves crunch under your feet, visit a local artisan at work on each site. Not only will you get to see the beautiful final products they create, but you'll also be able to watch the artistic process. Artisan goods will be available for purchase. 

If you are interested in becoming a feature artisan, please contact us at: [email protected] or 519-322-2365.
TD Tree Days Leamington  
October 19 2019, 9am to 12pm, Caldwell First Nation Restoration Site, 617 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, ON  
Join ERCA, Caldwell First Nation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation as we plant 150 trees in the Sturgeon Creek watershed! As TD's flagship volunteer and urban greening program, TD Tree Days provides TD employees, their families and friends, and community, the opportunity to volunteer and help build healthy, vibrant communities by caring for their local environment.
For more information and to register click here.  
Various Events at Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary 
October 20 2019, 8am to 11am, Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary, 332 Road 3 W, Kingsville, ON
Breakfast with Honker, 8am to 11am 
Start your day with Breakfast with Honker. The menu includes pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs.Suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 13.
Wild Goose Chase, 9am to 11am 
A 5 km walk or run through our Kennedy Woods.
$20 Early Goose registration online or in person until October 11.
$25 registration day of race
$50 family rate.
Fall Nature Walk, 2pm to 3pm
Take a walk around the Sanctuary with Xander to learn more about the plants and animals that are around the Sanctuary during the fall.
Golden Egg Hunt, 11am to 12pm
Can you find the Golden Egg? Children 1-4 and 5-8 can join the hunt.
Migration Festival Kids Crafts, 11am to 1pm  
Join us for some Migration Festival themed crafts for children.
Kingsport Environment Raptor Show, 12pm to 3pm
Kingsport Environment presents its raptor show at the Sanctuary.
Harvest and Horses 
October 20 2019, 12pm to 4pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 Essex County Rd, Essex, ON 
Celebrate the fall harvest season on the farm.
  • Listen to ghost stories in the Homestead attic
  • Try some corn husk crafts
  • See how apple cider is made
  • Meet the horses that made harvest possible 200 years ago
  • Take in the amazing parade of breeds
  • Test your abilities in the blind buggy competition
John R. Park After Dark - Tragic Tales & Pioneer Perils  
October 25 2019, 7:30pm to 9pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 Essex County Rd, Essex, ON 
Join costumed guides and step back in time to walk in the footsteps of people from the past. These dark, but true, stories will lead you to appreciate the many hazards of daily pioneer life. This Halloween-inspired event is geared towards adults. Come out for a rare opportunity to see the homestead after dark! Cost of admission is $15.00 per person. For more information, please contact [email protected]. Register for this event soon - space is limited!
Dark Sky Nights with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada 
October 26 2019, 8pm to 11:59pm, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON
Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Windsor Centre for an evening of stargazing. Bring your own binoculars or take a look through one of the special telescopes on site for the evening. The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated. Visitor Centre Parking Lot. For more information please contact  [email protected].
Fall Thrilling Thursdays 
Various dates and times, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON 
Ojibway Nature Centre will be open in the evening on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Below is the schedule of the special 'all-ages' programs offered. 
October 17 - Creatures of the Night - 6:00-7:30pm - $7.50/adult, $6/child
November 21 - Wildlife in Winter - 6:00-7:30pm - $7.50/adult, $6/child 
Various dates and times, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON 
Various dates and times, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON 
Various dates and times, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON 

The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup 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 goal is to remove the Detroit River from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.