Wideview, SK; Photo by Michael Bell

Wideview, SK; Photo by Michael Bell

River Bends on the Mend (Part 1)

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July 20, 2022

Minesing Wetlands Natural Area

Meeting located is located 20 minutes west of Barrie, Ontario.

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Are you tired of sticking to the straight and narrow? So is Willow Creek! Join the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a wet and wild day of installing wing deflectors made of upcycled Christmas trees along Willow Creek in the internationally significant Minesing Wetlands. Once installed, these wing deflectors will give Willow Creeks its “wiggle” back by giving the stream its natural meander (S-shape) back and acting as habitat for fish and aquatic bugs! Be ready to get wet, work hard and have fun!

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Moderate fitness level required.

   Repetitive motions include using a post pounder to install anchors and wire crimpers to secure the structure.

Participants will walk 1.1 km walk across uneven ground to access to the work site.

Participants will need to be comfortable working in water with chest waders and lifejackets on.

There is an outhouse in the parking lot of the meeting location; however, no washroom facilities exist at the work site.

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All tools and equipment (waders) will be provided by NCC.

 Participants are asked to bring chest waders if they have them.

Sunscreen and bug spray will be provided.

Water and snacks will be provided.

Equipment checklist

  • lunch
  • water
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • hat
  • layers of clothing
  • change of clothes
  • rain gear (just in case)
  • backpack and dry bag
  • waders, lifejacket and work gloves if you have them (these items will be provided if you don’t have them)
  • any necessary medications

Please note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after you register. This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions: rubber boots or shoes, long pants, comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, a hat and a change of dry clothes. No previous experience is required.

This event is suited for individuals 14 years and older.

To allow us to plan for a safe, successful, and enjoyable day in the field together, all participants must register in advance of the event. Local health and safety restrictions and guidelines will apply.

Please email on.volunteers@natureconservancy.ca.

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