Friends of Oliphant have some great announcements for this final, long awaited coming of Spring 2018.
BEACH CLEANUP 2018
Our official beach clean up is the weekend of Saturday June 2nd. This year with all of the winter storms, we have a lot of shore debris which includes a surprising amount of dimensional lumber and docking materials washed away from their original locations. We are looking for volunteers to help out with cleaning up garbage at Sandy Bay, the government dock area, Rutherford Point and any other beach or shoreline areas.
Please let us know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can assist in any way.
Many of you do this unofficially, on your own and if it is not too big an imposition, we would appreciate that garbage is dropped off to us and weighed at the washrooms by the dock on Sunday June 3rd at 11:30am. Please separate garbage from recyclables and it would be interesting to identify any notable findings, or unusual items. If this drop off time is not workable, please call (519) 534-1580 and report your garbage pick up and location. Also garbage bags and gloves will be available and the Town will be making a dedicated pick-up for our beach garbage. As well, on that day last year Rosie, Simon and Jasmin Lewis did a major shore road clean up from one end of Oliphant to the other all on their own. This is another way you might help out and assist in the Oliphant clean up. We will have orange safety vests available for any of those working along the roads. Here is a report on last year’s efforts.
Please mark the morning of Saturday August 11th on your calendar as this will be the Friends of Oliphant annual conference; “OLIPHANT MATTERS”.
Brian Robin is our feature speaker at this year’s conference. He is a nature photographer and an organic farmer whom you might recognize from the Owen Sound Farmers’ Market. His photography is amazing and his commentary is highly entertaining. He captivated an audience of 400 in Owen Sound this past winter at one of the prestigious lectures of the Bluewater Association of Lifelong Learning. There are no ends this young man won’t go to research and get an incredible shot. It is guaranteed you will be enlightened and entertained.
Just a few examples of Brian’s photos (click image to enlarge)
Immediately following Brian’s presentation will be the third and final Phragmites workshop featuring Leslie Woods from Main Station who has been spearheading and working with all the removal work being done on the islands where the problem is massive.
No doubt you will have questions and Leslie is an expert, so through her workshop and demonstrations you will leave far better informed than when you came about how to deal with this invasive species.
As always, refreshments will be available.
Please return to our website where we will be posting more updates and details of these and other events. We recognize that with growing tourist pressure on North Bruce points of interest, Oliphant may see some of that pressure ripple down to our beautiful shores. Feel free to channel any of your concerns through our email (email@example.com) as the season unfolds.
Let the good times roll,
Chair, Friends of Oliphant