General Membership Meeting

The Friends of Walker’s Creek is hosting a General Membership Meeting…

 

When:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time:

7:00 PM

Where:

Grantham Lions Club (Niagara Street at Parnell Road) – Please use the Parnell Rd entrance

 

Josh Diamond, our Guest Speaker, is a long-time resident of north St. Catharines and lives in the Walker’s Creek watershed.  He attended both Brock University (Bachelors of Science / Masters of Science) and Niagara College (Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration).  Josh has been working with Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) since 2001 in the Water Quality Monitoring Department.

Presentation – Tracking Watershed Health in Niagara 

 

·        Walker’s Creek Stewardship Guides will be available for anyone that hasn’t received a copy.

 

·        Grantham Ward Councillors Sandie Bellows and Bill Philips will be available with updates and answer questions on what’s happening in the city

 

·        Please bring a friend.

 

Star Gazing

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Come out to our annual Stargazing Night in Cindy Road Park. Saturday, September 10th, 2016 from 8pm to 11:30pm. Fun and informative for the whole family! And it’s FREE!

Free parking is available on the roads bordering the park, including Wilcher Drive and Cindy Drive.

 

Our Annual Plant Sale

Our Annual Plant Sale is happening Saturday, June 4th at its usual location at 88 Cherie Drive from 8:00 AM to Noon

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This is the ideal time to find plants, grown locally, that can add that special item to your home gardens. Most reasonable prices, variety, excellent information from knowledgeable people and helping to fund the many projects the “Friends of Walker’s Creek” … WCNA … undertake in the Parks. In the past, these Plant Sales have purchased park benches, have tagged the various trees, added bushes and plants and continue to make improvements in the Parks for the enjoyment of all.

 

We welcome donations of potted plants from all as these form the supply that is available for sale. Donated potted plants can be dropped of at 88 Cherie Drive anytime this  coming week. Because these plants come from local gardens, you can be assured they are well climatized, have found the local climate and conditions ideal for their growth and so adding them to the garden at your home has the greatest possibility of continued growth and prosperity.

 

The Plant sale is also a great time to meet with the Directors of the “Friends of Walker’s Creek” … WCNA… and share your insights, make suggestions, get excellent advice on local home gardening and be an active part of maintaining and improving the Parks that are such a central delight in Grantham and St. Georges wards.

 

Friends Of Walker’s Creek Volunteer Receives “Youth Volunteer Of The Year” Award

At the City of St. Catharines Annual Volunteer Recognition Night, Kate Hou was awarded the “Margaret MacLennon Youth Volunteer of the Year” Award. KateHouKate began volunteering in September 2014 as she entered Grade 9. Kate spends her volunteer hours along the trails of Walker’s Creek and also with the Friends of Malcomson Eco Park. She arrives early on Saturday mornings, when many of her friends choose to sleep in, ready to tackle any task requested. Kate has become a expert in the proper procedure of tree mulching and last Earth Day took a leadership role instructing youngsters and their parents in this technique. Weather is not a determining factor of volunteering for Kate. She is ready to volunteer in the cold rainy days of spring, the hot sunny days of June and late Fall when the snow decides to fly. Although Kate spends time wheelbarrowing mulch from tree to tree, sweeping and tidying the potting shed and greenhouses, her favourite time is planting native shrubs and wildflowers throughout the parks, finding the perfect spot for each one….in the forest, prairie grassland or the edge of the pond. Kate is a joy to work alongside, always smiling, no job too easy, too hard, to messy….always ready, always willing! Kate is 15 years of age and resides in Thorold with her parents. She is a grade 10 student at Sir Winston High School and enjoys participating in the Book Club. She is considering a career in Business and in a couple of years hopes to follow in her older brother and sister footsteps to university.

Walker’s Creek Area Resident Receives Award

Planting a riparian buffer

Planting a riparian buffer

Late last spring, The Friends of Walker’s Creek were contacted by Rob Tyndall who had recently moved into his Strathcona Bv residence which backs onto Walker’s Creek.  He was concerned about the area owned by the city situated between his property and the creek that had been mowed for several years. He would prefer not to continue with this practice and was looking for another way with less maintenance, but also pleasing to the eye.  The Friends arranged for a meeting with city staff, who owns the property in question, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, who manages the watershed area of the creek, Councillor Bill Phillips and Rob Tyndall.  As a result of the meeting, The City of St. Catharines prepped the area (removed two dead trees), the NPCA provided funding for planting material, a project leader and staff member for planting with The Friends assisting with planting and last but not least, Rob agreed to maintain the area in the future.  This would require removing invasive weeds and minor pruning of shrubs.  The goal of this project  was to establish a riparian buffer using native species  that will protect the creek from runoff, helping to filter sediment and nutrients, while increasing habitat and biodiversity.  As a result of this project there will be an increase in wildlife such as insects, amphibians, songbirds and small animals.  At this year’s NPCA Awards Night, Rob was recognized with an Achievement Award in the Watershed Program.  The Friends of Walker’s Creek congratulate Rob and look forward to watching this new “naturalized” riparian buffer mature under Rob’s supervision !