Friends of Headwaters Nature and fellow naturalists,
We’re confident enough now to come out of the isolation we’ve endured during the doldrums of Covid-19. We’re going to start with our first in-person meeting since 2020!
On Tuesday evening, September 27th, 7:00 P.M., gather with us at our usual spot in the Orangeville And District Seniors Centre, 26 Bythia Street, Orangeville. (For Covid-19 reasons, we will not be providing the usual treats or coffee or tea.)
We will introduce those of us who are resuscitating Headwaters Nature.
We’ll be gathering your names and contact information to update our membership list from three years ago.
We’ll be asking you to support us by paying your nominal membership fees. We will be maintaining our fee structure of $25 per person or $35 for couples. These fees are payable by cash or cheque in-person, or payable via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll update you on our current project of the club becoming Stewards for the Willoughby Nature Reserve owned by Ontario Nature.
Phil Bird, an Orangeville native and now a Fisheries biologist for the Credit Vally Conservation, will give us a brief update on the work that he and others have done for the CVC on the stream life of Silver Creek, the stream that flows through the Willoughby Nature Reserve.
We’ll briefly mention the Christmas Bird Count, and other programs we have in mind.
I know that many of you have continued to be actively involved in your own personal ways as naturalists throughout the years of the pandemic. Please come prepared to speak about one or more of the most personally significant such experiences you’ve had as a naturalist throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
We’ll have discussion about what you would like to offer as services of Headwaters Nature — leading me to …
We’ll be asking you to volunteer to take responsibility for the on-going operation of Headwaters Nature. This is a labour of love for us — but new love and energy would be wonderful!
For those who might want a brief outdoor excursion _before_ the meeting, we will be stroll around what is perhaps the best example of re-naturalizing a property in Orangeville. The owner is doing an advanced degree in landscape design and implementation. Their property is very close to the Seniors Centre. We will start promptly at 6:30 P.M., and aim to be back at the Seniors Centre by 6:55 P.M. Since the weather for Tuesday evening is looking somewhat showery, if you wish to come to this pre-meeting short tour, come dressed appropriately for a short and easy walk through this remarkable garden!
Beginning in October, we have booked regular meetings for October 18th and November 15th, 7:00 P.M., (both of which are the third Tuesdays of their respective months.) Our December ‘meeting’ will be the Christmas Bird Count!
Our first meeting of this Covid-19 year will be a combination of a standard Nature Headwaters meeting and a field trip! We’ll be outside and following the required Covid-19 safety guidelines — and we’ll be celebrating the fine work of the volunteers who have put this Mono Township public garden together over the past few years.
We’ll be meeting on our regular last-Tuesday of the month, the 29th of September. This month, because we’ll be outside, we’ll be starting early at 6 P.M. and ending when it gets dark. Sunset that day will be 7:03 P.M. The gathering will obviously be somewhat weather-dependent. Watch your email on the afternoon of Sept 29th for updates.
We’ll meet at the Mono Pollinator Garden .9 km E of #10 on Hockley Rd, on the south side, with a clear sign into the parking lot. There is enough room for 15-20 cars if we park carefully. Walking is on flat crushed limestone paths; the total length of paths is perhaps 250 metres maximum.
We will be using field trip protocols from other organizations. This will include the following:
We will be outside for this whole meeting!
We will ask you to sign-in as symptom-free.
Masking for all, please — to protect others as well as yourself.
Physically-distanced where possible.
We will be in small sub-groups of half a dozen or so wandering around the garden — with an activity to help guide your observations and discussions.
We will have various members of the Executive in places around the garden.
(We may need to consider waivers as per our insurance contract.)
One of our hoped-for series of field trips for this year is to participate in the annual Credit Valley Conservation’s Butterfly Blitz. This citizen science program is creating a watershed-wide inventory of butterflies. The data you collect will give insights to protect and restore wildlife habitat in the Credit River Watershed.
Headwaters Nature were hoping for three field trips, along the lines of the three we had several years ago. While these may still be able to happen in some form or other, as individuals we certainly can participate on our own properties or where it is safe to practice physical distancing. We’ll send more details as the potential easing of lockdown restrictions unfold.
In the meantime, CVC is holding three free online training events, on Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th, and on the next Saturday, May 30th. You can register online for these free webinars.
CVC is asking people to make observations from their own property and where it is safe and reasonable to do so during social distancing. This will certainly affect the first part of the planned CVC events, and possibly most of it depending on how long the restrictions last.
Butterfly Blitz is a great way to connect with nature and spend time outdoors. You’ll learn how to identify butterfly species in your backyard. Participants should only make observations from their own property and where it is safe and reasonable to do so during social distancing.