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'Build it and (they) will come ...'
Greg and Ruth Strapp built a wetland on their property near Denfield ... and then the plants and wildlife came.
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Happy World Water Day!

On #WorldWaterDay, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, and on every day of the year, we thank you for all you do, at home and work, to build habitat for living things, to reduce risk and protect life and property, and to protect soil and water and our creeks, rivers, groundwater, and Lake Huron.

Water flows across borders. Working together to manage water and soil resources helps us all adapt to weather extremes and our changing climate and protects people and communities. On #WorldWaterDay on Sunday, March 22, and on every day, you can take positive action at home and work.

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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) cancels March board meeting; Board next meets on April 23

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors would normally meet in March - that meeting has been cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

For this and other Notices of Service Disruptions please visit this web page:

Calendar of Events 2020

Most events and meetings are postponed until after April 5. We will evaluate future events based on recommendations from public health authorities during the current pandemic. Visit Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at for updates.

Here are some upcoming dates of interest:
  • Saturday, March 21 - International Day of Forests
  • Sunday, March 22 – World Water Day
  • Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. – Earth Hour 
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 – Partner Appreciation Evening and Conservationist of the Year Award (RSVPs only)
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 – Arbor Day
  • Saturday, April 25 – Save the Frogs Day
  • May 3-9 - Emergency Preparedness Week
  • May 3-9 - Drinking Water Week
  • Monday, May 4 at 9 a.m. – Friends of the South Huron Trail
  • Saturday, May 9 – Invasive Species Removal: Garlic Mustard Pull
  • Thursday, May 21 – Outdoor Classroom Day
  • Friday, May 22 – International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day)
  • Saturday, May 23  – World Turtle Day
  • Friday, June 5 – World Environment Day
  • Saturday, June 6 – Trails Day
  • Thursday, July 16 – Snake Day
  • July 6-10 – Summer Nature Day Camp by Ausable Bayfield Conservation
  • July 20-24 – Summer Nature Day Camp by Ausable Bayfield Conservation
  • August – Water Quality Month
  • Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Love Your Greats Day
  • Monday, August 17 – World Honey Bee Day
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 Turtle Release Event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA), east of Exeter
  • Friday, September 18 – EarthEcho Water Challenge/World Water Monitoring Challenge/World Water Monitoring Day
  • September 19 – World Cleanup Day
  • Sunday, September 20 – Commemorative Woods Tree Dedication Ceremony at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA)
  • Sunday, September 20 – Terry Fox Run
  • Sunday, September 27 – World Rivers Day
  • Monday, November 2 at 9 a.m.  – Friends of the South Huron Trail meeting 
  • Saturday, November 7  – Owl Prowl
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – Giving Tuesday 
  • Saturday, December 5  – World Soil Day
Also, this is the International Year of Plant Health. (PDF)

Dates are subject to change and other dates may be added as the year goes on. For other events and Board of Directors meetings and updates visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at this link:

Get active ... safely!
Trails, conservation areas offer scenic nature locations to get active outdoors during pandemic

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) trails and properties remain open to the public. Field services staff are doing spring trail inspections and maintenance earlier than normal this year to help provide safe areas for hikers.

“Walking outside is proven to provide mental and physical health benefits,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation. “Local trails and conservation areas offer a chance to keep a safe social distance and still have fun, enjoy nature and the outdoors, explore, and to get active.” 

When outside, people should stay away from watercourses this time of year, Iszczuk said. The cold water is dangerous and may be moving swiftly. “Also, stay away from ice-covered ponds, lakes and the Lake Huron shoreline,” she said. “Please remember to check for current flood messages and water safety messages.”

Conservation educators at ABCA encourage local residents to stay active in the great outdoors while still practicing safe social distancing. (Persons who are self-quarantined may explore their own farms and backyards.)

(As people make personal decisions about outdoor activity and any activity, and as they decide what's safe for them and their children and others, they should consult updated websites for the current local, provincial, and federal public health agencies who are the authorities providing and updating guidance and recommendations about what is safe and what is not safe during the current pandemic.)

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Ruth and Greg Strapp

Denfield-area couple enjoys nature in wetland they created

Ruth and Greg Strapp are two of the area’s landowners enhancing wetlands or making other stormwater management improvements with grant support and technical expertise from a local wetlands program. They see plants and animals in the wetland they don’t see anywhere else on their property.
“We’ve seen things here we’ve never seen before in the 40 plus years that we’ve lived here,” according to Ruth. “It’s a constant source of entertainment. There’s always something new to learn from nature and the wildlife that have moved in here.”
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The office is currently restricted to essential visits only, at the time of this newsletter, in response to the current pandemic, but staff are available to serve you by phone and email. Essential services, such as flood forecasting and warning, are continuing. For updates and current notices of services disruptions visit

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