SOLD OUT! DRCC Presents: A Plastic Ocean 
Our 11th annual film screening is sold out! However, some people may not be able to make it, so, if you are interested in attending but do not have tickets, join our waitlist here. Should a seat open up, it will be given to the next person on the waitlist.

The film screening is being held at the Capitol Theatre on March 3, 2020. Doors open at 6 pm and the film starts at 6:30 pm. Click here for more information. 

Associated news articles:

Award-winning environmental film to be screened at Capitol Theatre
Free screening of a Plastic Ocean
Happy World Wildlife Day! 
World Wildlife Day is recognized on March 3 each year to celebrate all of the different plants and wild animals on Earth, raise awareness of the importance of conservation, highlight threatened or endangered species, and connect individuals to action to do their part to protect wildlife.
Celebrating World Wildlife Day on the Detroit River
This past field season, US Fish and Wildlife Department Services native species crew set a new record of 115 Lake Sturgeon captured in the Detroit River! It was also the first year they have caught over 100 sturgeon in the river. 
Photo by Jenny Johnson/USFWS: Staff member holding adult lake sturgeon in arms with river in background.
Fishing 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!
Earth Day Contest 

ERCA's annual Earth Day Contest is happening again this year!  Tell us how you are taking action on climate change.  Students can submit illustrations, essays, poems or photos.  Students must currently be enrolled in school or be home-schooled in the Windsor-Essex Region.  Entries can be submitted digitally by email to with the subject heading 'Earth Day Contest' or via mail.  Deadline for submission is April 11, 2020. Click here for more information.
World Water Day 
In recognition of World Water Day, we would like to highlight our partnering municipalities along the river including the City of Windsor,  Town of LaSalle, and Town of Amherstburg who are all working hard to provide more public access to the river, cleaner water, and more habitat for fish and wildlife. Explore the Detroit River shoreline to see how much has changed over the last 90 years by checking out our Story Map today! Also - ever wondered where your wastewater goes? Watch this video to find out!
Shiver on the River 
Thank you to everyone who joined the DRCC in participating in Shiver on the River this year! 
Each year the Friends of the Detroit River host Shiver on the River at Belle Isle Park. Shiver on the River is a family event designed to educate local citizens about the significance of the Detroit River, while promoting effective stewardship of the River and its surrounding ecosystems.
Guests were treated to ice rescue demonstrations, a coast guard fly by, caricatures, and magic show presentations while exploring the Belle Isle Casino, Belle Isle Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. 
Fellow environmental organizations like The Sierra Club, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Sea Grant presented wonderful information displays and activities that encouraged visitors to learn more about how important and special the Detroit River is.  
The Province of Ontario wants your input!
Red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
The province of Ontario is looking for your input on:

Invasive Species Act: The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking public feedback on preventing the spread of invasive species in Ontario. Provide your comments by March 30 here!

They are currently seeking information on the ecological, social and economic impacts and benefits of 13 species and one carrier. This information will support:
  • the completion of ecological risk assessments
  • the possible development of a future regulatory proposal under the Invasive Species Act, 2015
Ontario Conservation Authorities: The province is reviewing the Conservation Authorities Act to define the core mandate of conservation authorities and their programs and services. Your feedback will help them improve the overall governance, oversight and accountability of conservation authorities to protect and preserve Ontario's natural spaces. Provide your input here by March 13.

Great Global Cleanup - Detroit River
We are so excited to work with so many amazing organizations in a joint mission to protect, preserve and celebrate the Detroit River and we have so much to share with you in the coming weeks.

On April 25, thousands will come together to be a part of the largest volunteer event in history is coming to the Detroit River and you can be a part of it!

Stay tuned for more information on how you can join the Great Global Cleanup movement and be part of this groundbreaking, international community-based partnership.
For more information, please contact Gina at (519) 776-5209 ext. 245
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. 
Little ones not yet ready to leave the pouch? Join the Ojibway Nature Centre for this exciting and fun parent/tot adventure in Ojibway Park! For more information, call (519) 966-5852.   
March 4 2020, 6:30pm to 9pm, Windsor Yacht Club, 9000 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, ON 
Do you have questions about Asian carp? Are you concerned about how they could impact the Great Lakes if they were to establish? If so, please attend this information session focused on Grass Carp, one of the four species of Asian carp, and the one that poses the most immediate threat to the Great Lakes. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register in advance.  
This FREE event will consist of:
  • Informative booths where you can network with experts and learn about Grass Carp through displays
  • A formal presentation from Fisheries and Oceans Canada on early detection and response and
  • A discussion period with a panel of experts including representatives from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Invasive Species Centre, and more!
March 7 and 8 2020, 11am to 4pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 Essex County Road 50, Essex, ON 
Wear your boots to Essex County's premier Maple Syrup Festival at the John R. Park Homestead. Make maple taffy in the snow, and see syrup being made the pioneer way. Enjoy demonstrations, hands-on activiti es and more ! Admission is $6/adult, $4/child (ages 3-16), $20 family maximum.  
March 8 to 11 2020, University of Windsor downtown campus 
Calling all climate-active and climate-interested youth! Join us for a three-day workshop for youth ages 13-18 from across Ontario. Meet youth from across the province, climate leaders, journalists, professors, and politicians with an interest in seeing effective climate action at the local level. For more information click here
March 10 2020, 7pm, Camp Cedarwin Peach Lodge, 1495 County Road 23 or Arner Townline, Kingsville, ON  
The DRCC will be providing a presentation to members of the Friends of Cedar, Mill and Wigle Creeks on the cleanup progress of the Detroit River. For more information, please contact Alan Batke, Chairperson of FOCMWC at
March 11 2020, 9am to 6pm, Braum and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, M4W 2G8
Join us at Nature Works! Restoring our Future by 2030, a day of cross-sector action on climate change and biodiversity loss. With a new urgency aligned with the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021 - 2030), we will highlight emerging strategies to accelerate and scale-up action for healthy, resilient landscapes. For more information and to register, click here
Exercise your body and brain during a brisk morning walk with one of Ojibway Nature Centre's naturalists. Explore our unique natural areas and meet new friends! Call Ojibway Nature Centre at (519) 966-5852 for locations. Fee is $30 for the four dates.
Kingsville Horticultural Society invites you to our first annual Seedy Saturday! This family friendly community event will feature speakers on gardening and environmental topics, vendors, flower arranging demo, seed exchange, activities for kids, refreshments and bake sale. Admission is $2 per person or $5 for families.

Gina Pannunzio, Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator at ERCA will be delivering a presentation on stewardship and native grasses and wildflowers from 12pm to 12:30pm at this event.
March 15 2020, 2pm to 3pm, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON 
It's all about the BEES! Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just completed his graduation, decides to sue humans after he learns about the exploitation of bees at the hands of humankind.
To find out more information, please contact us at
March 16 to 20 2020, 10am to 5pm, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON 
You never know what the weather will be like during March Break, but rain, snow, or shine, we have great activities planned for the entire family. Get your family team together for our amazing scavenger hunt. Pick up your instructions at the Visitor Centre and look for clues, solve riddles, and win a prize. Our Kids' Craft Centre will be in full swing throughout March Break, featuring a different nature craft each day. Colour a bird, butterfly, or dragonfly and add it to our migration tree. Take a break and watch a special feature film at 11 am and 3 pm. For more information please contact us at
March 17 and 20 2020, 1:30pm to 4pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 Essex County Road 50, Essex, ON 
A family friendly maple event perfect for celebrating March Break. Tour the site with interpreters guiding you along the way. Learn the history of this sweet springtime treat as you help to make and taste maple sugar. Arrive early, dress warmly, and be sure to wear boots! For more information click here
March 17 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm, John R. Park Homestead, 915 Essex County Road 50, Essex, ON 
Celebrate the maple season by participating in an old fashioned sugaring off party! Help the pioneers collect sap and boil it down by moonlight. Make taffy on the snow, join in the barn dance, linger for maple legends, and taste some sweet maple treats. For more information click here
March 18 2020, 6pm to 7:30pm, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON 
Bugs are taking over the Visitor Centre! Join us for a viewing of "A Bug's Life" at 6 pm. Flik, an inventor, leads an army of ants against a group of grasshoppers who steal their food every year. He also enlists a troop of circus bugs to help him. Suitable for all ages. To find out more information, please contact us at
March 21 2020, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON 
Explore the park on your own after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee. You will have the opportunity to stay late and see what goes on after dark. Note that there are no formal programs on these evenings. Visitors can pick up a seasonal star chart at the gate upon arrival. The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated. To find out more information, please contact us at
March 24 2020, 6:30pm to 8pm, Committee Room C, Essex County Civic Centre, 360 Fairview Avenue west, Essex, ON 
This exciting workshop will discuss ways in which you can get involved in restoring prairie habitat & helping pollinators in Essex County!  Learn all about native tallgrass prairie, including the environmental benefits, planting and establishment techniques, maintenance, as well as grants and financial assistance for interested landowners.  This workshop will also explore potential challenges of establishing prairie habitat and ideas to overcome them. We are looking forward to input from the farming community and rural landowners
Note: must plant a qualifying "buffer strip" OR minimum of 1 acre of prairie to qualify for funding per ERCA's CW~GS grant program  
For more information, contact Kate at (519-776-5209 ext. 303) or Michael at (ext. 369).  
March 28 2020, 8:30am, Point Pelee National Park, 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington, ON 
March 28 2020, 6pm, Wyandotte Boat Club, 1 Pine Street, Wyandotte MI 
Join Friends of the Detroit River at the annual Riverkeeper dinner! This fundraiser helps to keep the Detroit Riverkeeper boat out on the water. The evening includes dinner, live entertainment, cash bar, door prizes, raffle and silent auction. Enjoy a presentation highlighting some fantastic restoration projects taking place in the Detroit River. For more information, call (734) 288-3889 or click here.
March 28 2020, 2pm, Roseland Golf and Curling Club, 455 Kennedy Drive West, Windsor, ON 
All current CEA members and supporters are invited to the CEA's 2020 Annual General Meeting. Current issues will be discussed, last year's accomplishments will be reviewed, new business can be introduced and this year's board members will be elected

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.