Creek, watershed and roadway cleanup

Creek, watershed and roadway cleanup

Cleanup Conservation Project

Each spring and summer, the membership of  BDHACC engages in multiple cleanup projects around our community.  Whether it be roadside trash pickup, attacking debris and overgrowth of spawning areas or locating and working with local townships to clean up areas which have been used as dumping grounds by callous residents and contractors, this simple but time consuming act is an exceptional “first step” to improving our local forests and wetlands.

Turtle Nesting Project 2017

Turtle Nesting Project 2017

Turtle nesting project

During 2017 and moving forward, BDHACC is investing considerable effort to establishing new turtle nesting grounds throughout Simcoe County.  Currently with locations in Innisfil, Springwater and Barrie, this effort is well underway.  Negotiations regarding additional locations in Sprinwater and Oro are ongoing.

Many will have seen Ontario turtles on the sides of roads and highways.  The sand/gravel we line our roads with is a preferred nesting material, providing an ideal substance for turtles to lay their eggs.   Turtle crossing signs abound throughout the province, warning us to take care in areas that these animals frequently traverse during laying season.  Despite this, a significant number of turtles are injured and killed on roadways, as they cross to and from nesting areas to their primary habitats.  The purpose of this specific effort, is to provide optimal nesting material in those areas which A)  have existing and active turtle populations and   B) which will help prevent migration across a roadway in order to reach optimal nesting material.

Turtle nesting project

 

Young Conservation Champion Award 2017

Young Conservation Champion Award 2017

Young Conservation Champion Award

The Young Conservation Champion award went to the Barrie District Hunters and Anglers Conservation Club Youth Program.

Based in Springwater Township, this group has been very active in conservation efforts, making and install bird and duck boxes, planting vegetable gardens and sharing the fresh produce with local shelters, conducting roadside and streamside clean-ups, and planting flowers to support declining bee and monarch butterfly species, among other initiatives.

Mary Pickford Trophy 2017

Mary Pickford Trophy 2017

Mary Pickford Award 2017 OFAHFor the fourth time over the past 57 years, the Barrie District Anglers & Hunters Conservation Club has won the Mary Pickford Trophy.

In 2016, with the help of the Rotary Club of Barrie, they were able to purchase and plant 10,000 trees throughout the club’s 247 acres of land. The Youth Program planted an additional 150 trees. Along with spending over 160 man-hours working on deer feeders, duck boxes, bat boxes, bird feeders, and mineral blocks, they also organized numerous conservation events.The club spent countless hours working on stream improvements on Aunt Maggie’sCreek that helps improve Brown Trout and Speckle Trout habitats.They helped with the Rotary Fish Festival, Teach-a-Kid Fishing Day, a Scout Biathlon and a Pitch-In clean-up day and continue to be committed to conservation in Barrie and the surrounding area.

OFAH Heritage Junior Award 2017

OFAH Heritage Junior Award 2017

OFAH Heritage Junior Award 2017

The OFAH Heritage Junior Award was first presented in 1987 and honors the young person who has made the most outstanding contribution to conservation over the past year.

Tynan Storey is a member of the Barrie District Hunters and Anglers ConservationClub. He is on the environmental team at school, but his work with the Barrie youth club is what led to his winning of the award.

He has built deer feeders, tapped maple syrup trees, participated in the roadside cleanup, and helped identify and label trees on club property. With the club, he has helped maintain their vegetable garden, which produced 200 pounds of fresh vegetables that were given to four local shelters.He also learned what it takes to run a successful hatchery and helped clean up at the Georgian Triangle Anglers Association hatchery.

Congratulations to Tynan!

Tree Planting on BDHACC property 2016

Tree Planting on BDHACC property 2016

Tree planting in Barrie

During the month of May 2016, BDAHCC in conjunction with the Huronia Rotary Club, planted 10,000 trees on the BDHACC property.  The mixture of these included600 red oak trees, with the balancebeing  75% red pine and 25% white pine.  It is the goal, of both Huronia Rotary and BDHACC to improve the natural environment and imitate other successful reforestation initiatives.