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The Government of Canada Invests in Great Lakes Protection and Restoration  
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, recently announced $8.95 million in funding over four years for 36 local on-the-ground projects under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative. The Initiative supports projects across the Great Lakes Basin, which will help restore areas of concern, prevent toxic and nuisance algae, reduce the release of harmful chemicals, engage the public through citizen science, and engage Indigenous Peoples. This funding includes two new fish and wildlife habitat creation projects for the Detroit River! Stay tuned for more details!

The Government of Canada recognizes the integral role that our partners, including Indigenous Peoples, play in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Protection Initiative is proud to support projects that tackle issues that matter most to the lives of Canadians-from cleaner drinking water, to beaches we can enjoy, to waters in which we can fish and swim.

See the full list of funded projects here.
Detroit River Family Fishing Day   
In partnership with the Town of LaSalle, University of Windsor, Essex Region Conservation and Just Fishin' Friends, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup hosted our second annual Learn to Fish event on July 7th at Front Road Park in LaSalle. Over 150 participants came to fish (some for the first time!) and learn from expert volunteer anglers with the use of free equipment and bait. And the fish were biting!

Researchers gave tours of the University of Windsor Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre and the Ontario Clean Water Agency and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters were also on hand with great educational displays. Big thanks to everyone who joined us and to all our volunteers. For more photos from the Detroit River Family Fishing Day click here
Didn't get a chance to pick up the new FISH OF THE DETROIT RIVER poster at the Detroit River Family Fishing Day? Please get in touch, we have extras!

Please contact us via e-mail at postmaster@detroitriver.ca.
Peche Island Tours 
A new pontoon boat has made the long and storied history of
Peche Island accessible to everyone! Upon arrival, visitors can expect to be treated to the island's unique sites including a 200-year-old bur oak tree, historic ruins, and beautiful landscapes.

Daily trips Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. $5 round-trip fee. Pre-registration is required by calling Lakeview Marina at 519-948-3383. For information please visit: www.citywindsor.ca/PecheIsland.
 
Second Binational Poll Reaffirms that Citizens Feel Great Lakes Protection is Critical 
The International Joint Commission sponsored a survey to collect information on the public's perception of the Great Lakes. The survey revealed that, " Eighty eight percent of respondents believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important and are willing to pay more to ensure their restoration." Other survey highlights include:
  • 88 percent feel it is essential to protect the Great Lakes.
  • 89 percent feel it is important to protect the lakes for recreational purposes.
  • More than half of respondents believe there are too few regulations to protect the lakes, compared with 46 percent in the 2015 poll, and 55 percent said they would be willing to have greater protection of the lakes through regulation even if it meant an increase in the cost of some consumer products.
To read more about this survey from the IJC, click here.
NEW! Swim Guide App and Online Tool 
What better way to spend a summer day than on one of our beautiful beaches? Before you go, be sure to check out the Swim Guide, which is available online or by downloading the app.

The Swim Drink Fish Canada Swim Guide can help you explore beaches of interest, find out if it's safe to swim, report pollution, learn about when it was last tested, who is responsible for testing, the percentage of passed/failed water quality tests, and more!

For more information, click here.
Together for Monarchs! 
The International Monarch Monitoring Blitz started on July 28 and runs until August 5th!

Monarch enthusiasts and citizens across North America are encouraged to get outside and examine milkweed plants for monarch caterpillars, pupae and butterflies, and share these observations on the  Mission Monarch website here.
 
This information helps contribute to a better understanding of Monarch habitat hot spots and where they are at during different stages in their life cycle.  
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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. 
21st Pelee Island Butterfly Count
Wednesday August 1, 2018, Pelee Island Heritage Centre, 1073 West Shore Rd, Pelee Island, ON.
Participate in this count that has a long history. Novices welcome! Meet at the Heritage Centre at 9am. Register with Bob Bowles: rbowles@rogers.com   .
18th Pelee Island Dragonfly Count
Thursday August 2, 2018, Pelee Island Heritage Centre, 1073 West Shore Rd, Pelee Island, ON
Participate in this count that has a long history. Novices welcome! Meet at the Heritage Centre at 9am. Register with Bob Bowles: rbowles@rogers.com   .
Moth Night
Friday August 3rd, 2018, 9pm, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON. 
Butterflies brighten our day, and moths light up the night. Visit Ojibway Nature Centre after dark as we attempt to attract some of the beautiful moth species that inhabit our natural area.
Register by calling the centre: 519-966-5852 
Sciensational Sssnakes
Saturday/Sunday August 4 and 5 2018, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON.  
Point Pelee National Park is pleased to welcome Sciensational Sssnakes!! which provides hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians to audiences of all ages. Their presentation will include information about the animals, their ecology and conservation issues as well as a session in which participants are able to interact, touch and hold the animals. The team will be on hand with a variety of reptiles, some of which can be found in Point Pelee National Park.
Essex County Field Naturalists' Club Member Meeting
Wednesday August 8, 2018, 7:30pm, Ojibway Nature Centre. 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON. 
Join ECFNC member Steve Pike as he shares photos and details of his trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda!  For more information, please contact Carl Maiolani 519-972-1399, Membership Secretary, Essex County Field Naturalists' Club.   
Peche Island Adventures
Thursday 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.
Tree Cycling Tour
Saturday August 11, 2018, 1pm, Pelee Island, ON. 
See some of the amazing trees of this island with John Ambrose, former Curator at the University of Guelph Arboretum. Register at: cercis@sentex.ca or 519-724-2174
Lost Arts Festival
Sunday August 12, 2018, John R. Park Homestead, 915 Essex County Rd, Essex, ON. 
Celebrate summer on the shore of Lake Erie. See demonstrations of lost arts and visit the voyageur encampment. Watch as the Homestead's resident blacksmith turns raw iron into detailed pieces, and learn about native plants and pollinators in the garden. Other demonstrations include beekeeping, butter making, and textile weaving, all of which will give guests the chance to meet the artists and learn how to fit one of these 'old' hobbies into modern life. Admission: $6 per adult, $4 per child, $20 family maximum.
Astronomy Weekend - Perseid Meteor Shower and Beach Party
Saturday August 11 to Monday August 13 2018, 9pm, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON.  
We're celebrating the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park all weekend. Join us for astronomy programs throughout the day and night. The park will stay open all night between August 11 to 12 and 12 to 13 for optimal viewing of the peak of the Perseid Meteor Showers.
 
Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Windsor Centre, August 11, 9 pm, to August 12, 2 am, at the West Beach and view the early night sky before sitting back and enjoying the meteor shower. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in on the beach for the evening.
Captivating Critters
August 13th to August 27th, 2018, Ojibway Nature Centre. 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor.    
Take a walk on the wildside at Ojibway Park. Enjoy this fun-filled program that includes woodland walks, animal games and nature themed crafts. Every Monday from August 13 to 17, 10 to 12pm, ages 3 to 4, fee is $30 for all three dates.
Project Purple
Wednesday August 15th 2018, Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, 1826 Mersea Rd 2
Leamington, ON
 
Join ERCA staff for a unique one day experience learning about the invasive plant, Purple Loosestrife and gain knowledge on different management strategies. Citizen scientists will work in groups to map out hot spots and remove the invasive plant on foot and from canoe! This event will run rain or shine from 9am to 3:30pm at Hillman Marsh Conservation Area.Registration is required as there are limited spots available. Please register here. For questions about the event, call Gina at 519-776-5209 ext. 245.  
Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday August 16 2018, 6pm to 8pm, 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! 
Healthy Island Herb Walk and Talk
Sunday August 19th 2018, 1pm to 4pm, Belle Isle Nature Centre, 176 Lakeside Drive, Detroit MI.  
The Healthy Island Herb Walk & Talk is a guided green tour on beautiful Belle Isle. For more information and to register, click here.  
Nectar Festival
Saturday August 25th 2018, 9am to 12pm, Ojibway Nature Centre, 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON. 
Learn about the sweet lives of hummingbirds, butterflies and other nectar lovers. Witness hummingbird banding and learn tips on how to attract these jewels to your yard. Visitors will have the opportunity to adopt a hummingbird which helps fund the banding process.
Saturday August 25, 9am-12pm - Free Admission.  


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.