1465 Thompson Rd. Fort Erie, On. Phone: 905.871.3050
Join our Team
and Become a Volunteer

Friends of Fort Erie's Creeks is looking for active members to help out with the following projects:
Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up, World Water Monitoring, Day Stream Bank Planting.

If you are interested please contact us at 905-871-3050

OUT REACH

Although students are employed during the summer, the Friends are always in need of fresh faces and helpful hands. An outreach program has been developed to inform the public about what is occurring in their creeks. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of Fort Erie's Creeks (or even just helping out when you can) please contact us. Our public education presentation is suitable for groups of any age and size, from classrooms to community groups;if you are interested, please contact us.

Available throughout the year FOFEC has the following presentations for students of all ages:

  • Hands on Nature (April 18-25 only): A school case from the Royal Ontario Museum that introduces the topics of biodiversity, classification, adaptation and species at risk. Active learning though observation and experimentation stimulates the student into becoming more aware of their nature surroundings.
     
  • Wetland Ecosystems (Grades 9-12): Human actions, both intentional and unintentional, modify ecosystem diversity, carrying capacity and sustainability through direct and indirect changes to both biotic and abiotic factors. Students will evaluate potential management solutions to environmental problems through discussion and democratic processes.

  • Wetland Ecosystems (Grades 7-8): Environments can be described through abiotic and biotic conditions. Students will be able to identify, observe and measure abiotic factors in environments (such as pH, and temperature) to determine a streams overall health.

  • Wetland Ecosystems(Grades 3-6): Water Water Everywhere Students will be able to identify one or more examples of a wetland ecosystems as well as how the ecosystem involves interactions between living and non-living things, both in and around the water.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Since its inception, FOFEC has worked tirelessly to cleanup and restore the creeks. For the first few years, this involved only weekend cleanups during the summer months. In 1993, FOFEC began hiring student each summer for full-time restoration. Now as well as debris removal, water quality testing, stream bank stabilization, purple loosestrife removal and wetland restoration takes place on the creeks.

Volunteers young and old are needed to help out with the following projects:

  • Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up
  • World Water Monitoring Day
  • Stream Bank Planting
FOFEC Environmental Training ProgramFormat:
  • Up to 22 students will participate
  • Will be broken down into two groups of 11 students
  • Each group will receive one (six hour) training session per week for nine weeks ; schedule to be determined according to availability of students and FOFEC staff
Learning Objectives:
  • Field orientation (GPS, compass)
  • Mapping
  • Plant and animal identification
  • Structural assessment of a watercourse
  • Sources of surface water pollution (point/non-point)
  • Water quality monitoring, analysis, and assessment
Activities: 2) Site Observations (Physical and Biological) – Three Events

  • Identify and document the diversity and density of local aquatic/terrestrial plant species
  • Identify and document the diversity and density of all aquatic and terrestrial animal species
  • Classify (excellent-poor) and document aquatic habitat; i.e. felled trees, in-stream plant cover etc.
  • Obtain and document wetted width, bankful width, and depth measurements
  • Examine and document current condition of creek banks; i.e. erosion, exposed roots, substantial slope etc.
  • Identify possible sources of pollution; i.e. drainage pipes, local landuse, foreign debris etc. .

3) Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis – Three Events

  • Introduction to water quality sampling procedures, governmental guidelines and instrumentation
  • Measure physical and chemical water quality parameters at each site using Multi-parameter Sonde meter; document results
  • Obtain one surface water sample from each site for laboratory analysis (spectrophotometry); analyse samples and document results
  • Compare test results with governmental guidelines and document relative findings

4) Reporting – Two Events
As a group:
  • Review data obtained from activities 1-3
  • Create a brief report which will summarize the results of environmental monitoring and analysis completed at each site; i.e. site description, structural properties, plant and animal communities, water quality analysis and classification
Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) Wood Turtles are located around Southern Ontario, Southern Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and some parts of the United States. They live around creeks, streams, rivers that have a substrate that consists of sand or gravel. These turtles will spend most of their time outside of the water and can be seen in swamps, wet meadows, open fields and also be seen in wooded areas. When winter months come these turtles will hibernate on the bottom of the stream bank and can be seen early may emerge to the surface to bask in the sun light.

Membership Card are Now Available

Stay Involved – Become part of the solution, your commitment to preservation, protection and maintaining our local waterways will benefit our community and wildlife.

A Minimum of $10.00 per year, will give you complete access to all event's and update's on all local projects. REMEMBER: Volunteers are always welcome to participate in FOFEC events.