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Willow Beach Notes


Outing: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Tour Leader: Jeff Bond, Naturalist for the Wilmot Creek Outdoor Education Centre.

Spend a morning exploring forest ecosystems in the northern tract of the Orono Crown Lands with a focus on the effects of human activities over time and space. Exploration locations could include the following: a tree archive, windrows, coniferous forests, mixed-wood forests, forests in varying stages of succession including a remnant climax tolerant hardwood forest, plantations at various stages of maturity and recent patch clear-cuts.

Meet in Port Hope at the carpool parking lot on the East side of Toronto Rd. Just South of Hwy 401 (exit 461) at 8:30 a.m. or at the Wilmot Creek Outdoor Education Centre, 3245 Taunton Rd., Clarington, at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, September 18, 2015 – Rotary Room, Cobourg Public Library. Gather for refreshments at 6:30 pm.
Speaker - Catherine Nasmith, President of Architectural Conservancy for Ontario (ACO).

Main Street as Old Growth Forest uses analogies from the environmental, conservation and ecology movements to describe the value of our rapidly disappearing Main Streets with regard to their types, states, complexity, diversity and other attributes.
Main Streets that are still the retail core of their communities (steady state) are compared to those in decline or rehabilitated through preservation.
Catherine Nasmith is a practicing architect; president of the ACO Toronto Branch; Jane Jacobs prize winner (2010) and publisher of Built Heritage News. She has been observing Main Streets since the 1980’s.
The event will be at no cost to members of WBFN.
Guests will pay $5.


For the past few years, Joan Norris and a band of volunteers have been helping native turtles breed on the Close Point causeway (a private road on Rice Lake near Gore’s Landing) by protecting their nests from the time when the eggs are laid to when the hatchlings emerge. Last year, almost 2000 hatchlings made it to the water; when the project started, predation was 100%.
Alas, due to circumstances beyond our control, the causeway where the nests are located is scheduled to be paved next week, immediately after Labour Day. As the turtles have not yet hatched, the nests need to be dug up & relocated, necessitating a much larger group of volunteers than usual.
Help is needed on this Thursday & Friday (Sep 3 and 4), and depending on the number of volunteers, possibly into the weekend.
Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear and bring trowels and gloves, knee pads and a black felt pen if possible. Joan will also need containers to put the nests into for transportation. Pails, buckets, anything larger than 6”X6”X6” can hold one nest.

If you might be able to help, or know someone (perhaps a student) who could help, please consider pitching in.

Here’s the contact info you need:

Joan Norris:  cell: 905-373-2762,  landline: 905-372-9957
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WBFN is pleased to announce a new page, ‘Volunteer Opportunities’, on the WBFN web site. This new page can be found by clicking on the ‘News’ button on the home page and then clicking on ‘Volunteer Opportunities’ on the drop down menu. Please keep checking this page as there will be many opportunities shown for members to become involved in supporting the activities of the WBFN.

Some opportunities are as follows:

Volunteers to staff a WBFN table at the Port Hope Fair (Sep 19 & 20), and Prairie Day at Alderville (Sept 26).
With enough volunteers, a WBFN table could be organized at the Cobourg market some Saturday morning.

Also, an event this weekend that may be of interest:

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 – 6th Annual Monarch Butterfly Tagging & Release

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Dorothy’s House Museum, 3632 Ganaraska Road (County Road 9), Garden Hill, ON
Leader: WBFN member Donald A. Davis in conjunction with the Port Hope and District Historical Society
Info: 905-885-2981 or 905-797-2291, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.