Spring is here and to date she has been very generous with the season’s requisite rain showers, but quite stingy with her sunshine and warmth. However, the trilliums are blooming, the ferns are unfurling, the lake levels are continuing to rise and our seasonal feathered friends are visiting once again.
Red-headed Woodpecker and Indigo Bunting – 2019 Photos by Terry Finlay
The Friends of Oliphant executive have been busy over the winter and early spring planning this upcoming season’s events that we hope will engage our community in matters of interest to all those who live, cottage and visit here.
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup:
With thanks we wish to give a shout out to Rosie Lewis of Preachers’ Point who is taking the leadership in organizing this year’s beach cleanup on Saturday June 1st from 9 am. to 12 pm.Rosie is asking volunteers to meet at 9 am in the washroom area by the government dock where supplies and safety vests will be provided and will meet back there at 12 pm to bring the garbage collected, so that it can be weighed and documented. If anyone is collecting shoreline or roadside garbage on their own time, please do not hesitate to drop it off between 9 and noon on June 1st. The Town will be collecting it and removing it to the dump as quickly as possible. We are grateful for their assistance and we are hoping to see lots of folks come out and volunteer to help. (learn more / join the Cleanup)
Educational Events: “ Save these dates”
“ The Bruce” This year we are pleased to offer showings of the first two episodes of the three part documentary, “The Bruce” which originally aired in August of 2018 and many of you might have missed the opportunity of watching. The first episode will be shown on Tues., July 2nd and the second episode on Tues., July 9th – both nights from 7:00 – 8: 30 pm at the Oliphant Campers’ church. The first is entitled, ‘The Fishing Chiefs’ and the second, ‘The Last Frontier.’ (more details here)
Oliphant Matters – 2019
Our main educational event this year will be held Saturday August 10th from 9 am to 12 pm again at the Oliphant Campers’ church and will feature two compelling topics. The first topic will focus on the growing problem of Ticks and Lyme disease and our speaker will be Dr. Andrew Peregrine of the University of Guelph. The second topic, the Fishing Islands will be presented by the engaging Sean Liipere who has been a very popular speaker at previous events we have held. (details so far)
Friends of Oliphant and the OCA are working together with the Oliphant Fishing Islands Phragmites Community Group , South Bruce Peninsula Phragmites Group, Bruce Peninsula Environmental Group, the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Dr. Janice Gilbert and her Truxors and the Town of South Bruce Peninsula on the Phragmites eradication project in our beloved Oliphant. All that being said, this effort requires large numbers of feet on the ground and in the water who are willing to help cut and collect the Phrag stalks and deliver them to pick up sites for disposal. We are calling on as many volunteers as possible this August to take advantage of the optimal drowning conditions that our high water affords. The islands, the government dock and Gut areas are being targeted in the week of August 19th to the 26th with the Truxors. Lonely Island and Rutherford Point South are looking to the week of August 12-16th.
More information will be forthcoming in the coming months, but this is a head’s up. We need to re-cut previous cut areas to repeatedly discourage any regrowth and expand to new stands. Students are encouraged to come out and volunteer hours will be awarded.
Bring on summer 2019 – Lee Burton – Chair, Friends of Oliphant