Shorebirds Flock to Hillman Marsh in May

Posted on April 26, 2017

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. “Building on the successes of our partnership with the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO), we have expanded the Shorebird Celebration to six days per week over a three week period,” explains Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Communications and Outreach Services.  “Experts from OFO will be at the...

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Service Disruption: Temporary Closure of Greenway near Kingsville Golf Course

Posted on April 21, 2017

Service Disruption: Chrysler Canada Greenway between Kingsville Golf Course & McCain Side Road temporarily closed. Erosion from rainfall could impact safety.

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SCAR announces pro-am contest

Posted on April 20, 2017

Participants in the 2017 South Coast Adventure Race (SCAR) have a chance to learn from, and race with, one of the best in the sport with the introduction of a unique Pro-Am contest.  “Race with Brad Jennings” is a free contest open to all rookie adventure racers who register in the solo or team of two categories. On June 2, a draw will be held to determine who gets to race with the SCAR 2015 and 2016 champion. Jennings, a long-time adventure athlete and Get Out There magazine race correspondent, will provide all contest entrants weekly...

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Teen Ranger Registration Open for Summer Program

Posted on April 6, 2017

After the program’s first two years were a sellout success, Essex Region Conservation’s Teen Ranger program will continue this August. The program, designed for young people aged 12 – 15, exposes participants to a wide range of activities and outdoor skills. “Our certified education staff will guide Teen Rangers through hands-on experiences,” explains Danielle Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Communications and Outreach Services. “Program graduates will have an enhanced appreciation for all that makes this region the place for life,...

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Calling all Green Teams for Earth Day Tree Planting

Posted on April 5, 2017

Join Essex Region Conservation, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, and hundreds of individuals from across the region for the annual Earth Day Tree Planting Celebration, happening from 10am to Noon on April 23 in East Windsor. Attendees will plant more than 2,000 trees at this event, which celebrates Earth Day 2017. “This is truly a community event, with hundreds of individuals from all over the region coming together for one cause,” explains Danielle Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Community Outreach Services. “It’s a great family...

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Watershed Condition Statement- Flood Outlook

Posted on April 3, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that many open waterways within the Essex Region are continuing to convey moderate flows and that water levels are decreasing following the significant rain event last week. Most agricultural fields remain saturated with some standing water at certain locations. Current forecasts are advising of the potential for 15 to 30 mm of rain over the next 24-hour period. Based on the existing ground conditions and the current forecasted rain, there is a concern for the accumulation of standing water...

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Adventure race workshop series continues

Posted on March 31, 2017

Athletes and amateur thrill seekers have yet another chance to get a crash course on the sport of adventure racing at an upcoming workshop. Starting at 6pm on Tuesday, April 11 at the Essex Civic Centre (Committee Room C), Rob and Andrew Pula will tell attendees everything they need to know to compete in an adventure race. The brothers are long-time adventure athletes with dozens of races under their belts. They are also the duo in charge of designing the course for the annual South Coast Adventure Race (SCAR), which will wind its way through...

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Claire Wales and Enbridge Inc. Honoured with Conservation Foundation Awards

Posted on March 31, 2017

A year of outstanding successes in enriching the Place for Life was celebrated at the Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF)’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 29.  “We demonstrated our strengthened relationship as we launched our new Place for Life visual identity,” stated Richard Wyma, the Foundation’s Executive Director.   “As well, we completed fundraising for the Cypher Systems Group Greenway, and broke ground in September.”  The opening of this long-awaited community trail is expected to take place this...

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Invasive Species Awareness Week

Posted on March 2, 2017

Essex Region – It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week, which aims at bringing attention to invasive species and their environmental impact.  “Phragmites is probably one of the most devastating invasive species that our region is presently facing,” said Kevin Money, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Area.  “It reduces biodiversity, can dry up a wetland and can affect agriculture and road safety.”  This tall growing reed has become dominant in Essex County’s wetlands, along ditches and in other wet areas.  Because it...

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ERCA reminding equestrians to use Greenway’s grassed sides

Posted on February 27, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is reminding users of the Greenway trail that horses are restricted to the grassed sides of the trail. “With our unseasonably warm temperatures, the greenway trail surface is very susceptible to surface damage from horse hooves.  Even a few horses during this critical period can make the trail difficult for cyclists or pedestrians as it leaves the trail surface very bumpy,” explains Kevin Money, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Services. “We have designed the trail as a multi-use surface, but...

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