Join us for a TD Tree Day Community Planting!
Join the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, Essex Region Conservation, TD Friends of the Environment, Little River Enhancement Group and the City of Windsor as we plant 300 trees in the Little River watershed!

We will be planting in the green space by Florence Avenue and McHugh Street along the Ganatchio Trail on Saturday October 20 2018. Event starts at 9 am and runs until 12pm. Parking will be available at the McHugh Park lot, perpendicular to the trail.

Lots of love for the Detroit River on World Rivers Day!
The City of Windsor hosted the fourth Open Streets event Sunday September 23rd, which happened to fall on World Rivers Day! The DRCC as well as Essex Region Conservation spent the day sharing river stories and celebrating with the community. There is a lot of love for the Detroit River from the Windsor-Essex community!  
Weathering the Storm: Windsor Sewer Master Plan
Over the past few years, thousands of Windsor residents were impacted by flooding both in and around their homes. In early fall 2017, the Mayor released an 8-Point Plan aimed to assist the Windsor community to address flooding issues. A key element of the plan is completing the City's Sewer Master Plan. There are many opportunities for your voice to be heard. Participate online, sign up for the newsletter and learn about upcoming project events by clicking here.
Largest Canadian Sediment Cleanup Project Underway in Hamilton
Photo credit: City of Hamilton
The largest contaminated sediment remediation project in the Canadian Great Lakes is currently underway. Cleaning up Randle Reef is one of the most significant steps remaining to remediate Hamilton Harbour and remove it from the list of Areas of Concern. 
 
The Randle Reef project will reduce ecological and human exposure to contaminants and improve fish and wildlife habitat in the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern. To read more, visit the project website here
Kid's Fish Art Contest
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is calling for students to participate in their annual Kid's Fish Art Contest. This annual contest lets you learn about Ontario's fish and their habitats. Plus it's a great opportunity to show off your artistic talents. For more information please visit www.ontario.ca/fishartcontest. If you are thinking of entering, let the DRCC know! Share a copy of your submission with us at postmaster@detroitriver.ca.
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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. 
Friends of the Detroit River Annual General Meeting
Thursday October 4, 2018, 7pm to 9pm, Portofino On The River, Restaurant, Banquet & Cruise Center, 3455 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192
As seasons change, so do the directions of birds flying their migration patterns along the Detroit River. The Detroit River corridor has some fascinating travelers worthy of our time and attention. Join Friends of the Detroit River for a night of celebration and information about our river with guest speaker Orin Gelderloos. Tickets are $40. For more information please contact river@detroitriver.org.  
Essex County Field Naturalists' Club Member Meeting
Wednesday October 10, 2018, 7:30pm, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON.  
Join us to welcome former ECFNC president Phil Roberts who will discuss Bald Eagles and what efforts are being undertaken to protect their population across Windsor/Essex. We'll be at the Ojibway Nature Centre in Windsor, starting at 7:30pm.
Hike at the Essex Sewage Lagoons/Greenway Trail
Saturday October 13 2018, 9am, parking lot off the Chrysler Greenway  on North Malden Road. 
Join Essex County Field Naturalists' Club member Kory Renaud on the Greenway trail at the Essex Sewage Lagoons at the corner of North Malden and Highway 3. The Greenway trail extension provides an excellent vantage point to see waterfowl and shorebirds that are refueling in the lagoons before their long flights south.  The hike will continue down the trail to the wooded areas to see what other fall wildlife can be found. 
Art at the oTENTiks
Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14 2018, 11am to 4pm. Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, ON. 
Take a walk through the oTENTik village at Point Pelee National Park from 11am to 4pm 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 products they create, but you'll also be able to watch first hand as they create. Entry is included with park admission. If you are interested in becoming a feature artisan, please contact pelee.info@pc.gc.ca or 519-322-2365 
Dark Sky Night
Saturday October 13 2018, 7:30pm, Point Pelee National Park Visitor Centre, 1118 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, ON. 
Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Windsor Centre at the Point Pelee National Park Visitor Centre parking lot at 7:30pm for an evening of stargazing. Bring your own binoculars or take a look through one of the special telescopes on site for the evening.
Harvest and Horses Festival
Sunday October 14, 2018, 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 attic, try some corn husk crafts, see cider-making and more! Meet the horses that made harvest possible 200 years ago. Take in the amazing parade of breeds or test your abilities in the blind buggy competition.
$6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children (ages 3 to 16), or $20.00 family maximum.
All Ages - Hillman Marsh Nature Hike
Thursday October 18 2018, 6pm to 8pm, Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, 1826 Mersea Rd 2, Leamington, ON.  
Join Essex Region Conservation and experts from the Essex County Field Naturalists' Club on a nature hike at Hillman Marsh Conservation Area! Meet in the parking lot at 6pm, social afterwards in the Nature Centre around 6:45pm. Please bring a flashlight, binoculars and your favourite field guides! For more information, please contact Gina at gpannunzio@erca.org or 519-776-5209 ext. 245.
John R. Park After Dark - Tragic Tails and Pioneer Perils
Friday October 19, 2018, 7:30pm to 9pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 Essex County Rd
Essex, ON
 
Follow costumed guides and step back in time. 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, click here
Ghosts of Pelee's Past
Friday October 26 to Saturday October 27 2018, 7:00pm, Point Pelee National Park, Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, ON. 
Join a park interpreter for an evening spirit hike at the DeLaurier House at 7pm. Walk in the footsteps of people who once called the park home, and discover some of Point Pelee's rich human history.
TD Tree Days - Leamington Community Planting
Saturday October 27 2018, 9am to 12pm, Lebo Creek restoration site, Mersea Road 2, Leamington, ON 
Join the Essex Region Conservation Authority for a TD Tree Day to plant a portion of a new wetland restoration site within Lebo Creek watershed. To register and see more information click here.
Fall Hiking
Thursdays, September 20 to November 29, 10am to 11:30am, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor.  
Exercise body and brain during a brisk morning walk with one of Ojibway Nature Centre's naturalists. Explore and meet new friends! Thursdays, September 20 - November 29, 10-11:30am. Cost is $80/11 weeks.


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.