SAVE THE DATE: Detroit River Evening - Thursday, June 14 2018, Mackenzie Hall   
Join the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup on the evening of June 14th 2018 to celebrate successes within the Detroit River watershed! We are pleased to welcome representatives from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority to provide an overview of the imminent Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The DRCC annual report will also be released with several project presentation updates from the last year.
Earth Day Celebrations!    
The DRCC participated in three community Earth Day celebrations across Windsor. On Saturday April 21, the DRCC hosted an outreach table at Devonshire Mall during the ACT Recycle event with over 200 people in attendance.On Sunday April 22nd, the DRCC participated in the City of Windsor's Earth Day celebrations at Malden Park with over 1,000 people in attendance. On the other side of town, the DRCC was also busy planting over 2,000 trees along Little River with Essex Region Conservation and over 1,000 people! Missed your chance to plant some trees? There are still ways to get involved this spring! Check out the events below or visit
Visit the Queen's Dock Parkette!     
On April 24th, Windsor City Councilor John Elliott, and Windsor Port Authority president and CEO David Cree invited the public out to unveil the new sign installed during the ceremony that marked the official opening of the Queen's Dock park. This new community space is located at the end of Mill Street in Olde Sandwich Towne, overlooking the Detroit River.

Located in the new park is a native plant garden initiated by the Windsor Port Authority
with support from the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, Essex Region Conservation and volunteer support from the Sandwich Team Action Group, Native Trees and Plants, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Union Gas. Now you can sit by the Detroit River and watch the garden bloom all season! 
Oak Wilt Awareness     
Oak wilt is a disease that affects all oak species and is caused by the fungus Bretziella fagacearum. This fungus grows on the outer sapwood of oak trees and restricts the flow of water and nutrients, causing the leaves to wilt. Often times it means rapid mortality of the oak tree, infected  oak trees can pass the disease to adjacent oak trees through grafted root systems.  Oak wilt is not present in Canada yet, but was detected on Belle Isle in the Detroit River two years ago. 
Detection is an essential step to stop oak wilt from further spreading if it reaches Canada. Early detection allows for rapid response and control of the disease to protect Canadian oaks. If landowners suspect their tree has  or died of oak wilt they should contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Some signs and symptoms include leaves turning dull green, brown or yellow or even discolouration from the middle to the edge. Also, wilting and bronzing of the leaves at the top of the tree, moving down to the ground. Leaves falling off prematurely, white, grey or black fungal mats under the bark that smell fruity and vertical bark cracks in the trunk due to the fungal mats. Landowners may also seek advice from local forest agencies, or certified Tree care professionals regarding tree health concerns.
Preventing oak wilt from entering and establishing itself in Canada is a way we can protect oak trees. Here are some steps to follow:
  • Do not move firewood, as there may be live fungal spores
  • Do not prune or damage oak trees between April and July as this is prime time for fungal spread. If pruning is necessary, paint a thin layer of wound paint on the pruning area immediately to prevent the attraction of the netidulid beetles that are a vector in oak wilt movement
  • Learn how to identify oak wilt signs and symptoms by visiting the Forest Invasives webpage here and download the oak wilt fact sheet. Also, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Oak Wilt Fact Sheet is informative. Click  here to read it.
  • Educate others on this issue, especially those who have oak trees on their property or in their neighbourhood
  • Report signs and symptoms of oak wilt immediately to Canadian Food Inspection Agency by visiting
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!   
The Detroit River 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. 
Festival of Birds
Tuesday May 1 to 21 2018, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, O
Join the Friends of Point Pelee and Point Pelee National Park for the annual celebration of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park. Daily birding hikes, Lunch and Learn sessions, Birder Breakfast and Lunch and so much more. Visit Friends of Point Pelee for more details. 
Shorebird Celebration
Tuesday May 1 to 21 2018, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, O
Bird enthusiasts from around the world make Leamington, Ontario one of their bucket list destinations each May, and Hillman Marsh is ready to greet these guests from May 1 - 22 at the new and improved Shorebird Celebration. Entrance fees are just $6 per vehicle, or special spring birding passes are available.  More information about the Shorebird Celebration is available at
Spring Hike at Ojibway
Thursday May 3 2018, 10am to 11:30am, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON.  
Exercise your body and brain! These brisk morning walks with one of Ojibway Nature Centre's naturalists will introduce you to the many plants and animals in our area. Explore the Ojibway Prairie Complex and meet new friends. Senior discount available. Fee is $50 for seven weeks.
Spring Migration Field Course
Various dates, 8:30am to 12pm unless noted otherwise, various locations.  
Field trips are led by Paul Pratt, with a fee of $16/adult, $14.50/senior each trip (dates are tentative).

May 5    (Saturday) meet at the Rondeau Prov Park Visitor Centre.
May 16  (Saturday) meet at the Visitor Centre, Point Pelee at 8:00 am.
May 23  (Wednesday) meet at the Visitor Centre, Point Pelee at 8:00 am.
Forests Ontario - Windsor Community Planting
Saturday May 5, 2018, 10am, Tranby Park, Windsor.  
Spring is right around the corner, and what better way to "dig in" to the warmer weather than with a fun, free, family-friendly tree planting event! Forests Ontario, the City of Windsor, Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, Essex Region Conservation and the Little River Enhancement Group are excited to invite you, along with your friends and family, to participate in the 2018 Community Tree Plant event happening in Windsor this May.

Trees, shovels, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. This event is suitable for all ages and will take place rain or shine, so dress appropriately! High school students are eligible to receive volunteer hours for participation.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here for more information. 
Basket Weaving Workshop
Saturday May 5, 2018, 9am to 4pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 County Road 50 W, Harrow, ON. 
Join the Friends of the John R. Park Homestead for a lesson on basket weaving. In this session, you'll make a diagonally plaited paper basket.

The $40 fee includes all materials and friendly instructions. The full-day workshop includes snacks and drinks, but please bring a lunch and mug to use. A supply list will be provided after registration.

To register, call 519.738.2029 or email
Friends of the John R. Park Homestead Yard Sale
Sunday May 6, 2018, 10am to 4pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 County Road 50 W, Harrow, ON. 
Come out to the annual Friends of the Homestead fundraising yard sale at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Authority. In the spirit of reduce, reuse, recycle, donations of gently used items to the sale are being accepted now. Help the Homestead by donating quality items in advance or by coming out to bargain hunt. Discover treasures old and new. There is something for everyone at this giant sale. All proceeds benefit the John R. Park  
Garlic Mustard Pull at the John R. Park Homestead
Tuesday May 8 2018, 5:30 to 7:30pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 Essex County Rd 50, Essex, ON. 
Help is needed to pull garlic mustard at John R. Park Homestead on Tuesday May 8 2018.The event will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm with some light refreshments and a homestead walk and talk to follow. Volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing. Long pants and shirts are recommended with sturdy close-toed footwear. Equipment will be provided, but we suggest bringing your favourite garden gloves and knee pads along! High school students who would like to earn volunteer hours should bring their paperwork. For questions about the event, call Gina at 519-776-5209 ext. 245.
Big Day Birding
Wednesday May 9, 2018, 6am, Point Pelee National Park, Point Pelee National Park, meet at the Marsh Boardwalk. 
Essex County Field Naturalists' Club Member Meeting
 Wednesday May 9, 2018, 7:30pm, Ojibway Nature Centre. 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor.    
Steve Marks, the ECFNC Vice President will be sharing a huge slide presentation on his recent incredible trip across Australia! The presentation is called "From Sydney to Uluru and Back Again"! Fore more information, please contact Carl Maiolani 519-972-1399, Membership Secretary, Essex County Field Naturalists' Club.  
Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday May 17 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! 
Belle Isle Stewardship Saturday
Saturday May 19, 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
Woodcock Walk and Dark Sky Night
Saturday May 19, 2018, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington 
Visitors will have the chance to see the quirky and interesting mating rituals of the American Woodcock. Aerial displays and calling will be featured in this short walk.

Visitors can stay on after the program and explore the park and view the night sky after the program, park open until midnight.
CANWARN Storm Spotter Training
Tuesday May 22 2018, 7pm, Sheehan Room, Essex Sports Centre.
On May 22nd 2018, there will be an Environment and Climate Change training session for amateur storm spotters. CANWARN Storm Spotters provide valuable, real-time, on-the-ground information during severe weather. Environment Canada is looking to recruit new volunteers and refresh existing volunteers in the area. The training is free to attend and will run from 7pm to 9:30pm in the Shaheen room at the Essex Sports Centre, 60 Fairview Ave W, Essex, ON.

CANWARN volunteers share local weather details with the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. This information gives meteorologists a good sense of which storms may produce damaging weather like hail, flooding or even tornadoes, so Environment Canada can issue localized severe weather warnings.Training will be led by Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist. Participants will learn about severe and non-severe thunderstorms, the types of damage they can produce, what to watch for in the sky and what to report to the Storm Prediction Centre.

For more information about the training, and to RSVP please contact Geoff Coulson at .
Point Pelee National Park Centennial Celebration
Tuesday May 29, 2018, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington 
All are welcome to mark the 100th anniversary of Point Pelee's designation as a national park. Help us celebrate of 100 years of conservation and community and enjoy some birthday cake too! 

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.