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Brighton Rotary News June 18 2021
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Members: 8
Guests: Mark Stabb from the Nature Conservancy of Canada
Correspondence: none
Smile: blush
  • Next board meeting Tuesday June 22 at 6:30pm. We will meet on Pres. Joyce's deck in the great outdoors.
  • Diners and Duffers Books a success. Only 2 books left in inventory, see R Chris if you sell another.
  • R Murray is moving June 19th and looking forward to it with lots of support and help from family. Best wishes R Murray.
  • Auction a success with total sales about $10,000 with net about $7,641 to Brighton.
  • Hoselton designs will restart shortly.
  • Looking for speakers for July.
  • We can now meet outside on patio with 4 to a table. Jake not available to cook. We need new cook or venue.
  • For anyone wanting to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation or Polio Plus prior to year end (June 30). R Chris will submit any donations to Foundation June 23.
  • R Chris has created an e-mail address called "" It has been created with automatic deposit into the Brighton Rotary Operating Account at Royal Bank, so no secret question and answer will be necessary.
  • The Municipality has decided to cap lottery license fees at 3% to max of $30.
  • We received a thank you from Karen White on behalf of the Bay of Quinte Relay for Life. Nationally $3.5 million was raised and locally they raised $15,691.80.
  • We have an invitation to participate in the Ontario Building Official Association's annual golf tournament to support the Salvation Army. This invite is from Rick Jones the Chief Building Official in Brighton. Rick has been a big help to Rotary selling many Diners and Duffers books for us each year. The tournament will be Friday September 10th at Shelter Valley Pines GC. See attached form.
  • We can now register for Rotary International's 2022 Convention to be held in Houston Texas June 4-8, 2022.
Upcoming Rotary Events:
  • D7070 Year End Celebration June 30 at 7pm.
  • Cobourg Covid Vaccination Clinic. This is an amazing operation, put together by the Cobourg Rotary Club with the assistance of 600+ volunteers. We are over-the-top impressed with the whole operation. Plan to present this successful operation at a Zoom meeting. The meeting will be Monday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m via ZOOM.  About a 30 minute presentation with a 10-15 minute Q&A to follow. If interested, to participate, contact President Joyce or Secretary Steve.
  • Go to District web site for more information on any of these events.
  • Check out the District Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Youtube channels to see what is happening in the District.
Song: someday soon we hope
Sharing Pot: all are encouraged to share as they are able or willing.
Happy Bucks: got 2nd COVID shot, presentation and update on the property, auction over, alive, happily retired, Fran's treatments going well and golfed 9 holes Thursday.
Rotary Minute:
We will soon have a 7th Area of Focus in Rotary. The Environment is the new area of focus starting July 1.
Habitat Stewardship Willenroth Woods and Brighton Wetland
Pres Joyce introduced Mark:
Mark Stabb is the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) program director for Central Ontario - East and oversees conservation projects across the Oak Ridges Moraine including Northumberland County, on the limestone landscape of the Napanee Plain and around Prince Edward County and the  islands and shores of the eastern Lake Ontario coast. Mark and his team at NCC were responsible for the purchase and protection of the 231 acre Brighton Wetland in 2018.
Before joining NCC in 2006, Mark was a biologist and park planner for the Government of Ontario, a teacher at a community college, a wetland program manager and as a freelance writer and ecological consultant. Mark lives with his wife and family in Uxbridge, Ontario.
Habitat Stewardship in Action at Willenroth Woods and the Brighton Wetlands
In 2018 the Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased 213 acres in a rush fundraising campaign to add the Brighton Wetlands to the Willenroth Woods property. There was a lot of local support for this. These lands were owned by St. Mary's Cement and include some of the bay. The lands were sold to a land speculator who made it available to the NCC but with a limited timeline. There is a joint ownership between the NCC and Ducks Unlimited who have similar goals to preserve wetlands.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a not for profit organization. It started in Ontario in 1962 and is a national organization with 14 million hectres protected in Canada. They have a variety of projects, big and small with a goal to preserve and protect various habitats.
Arnold Boes donated the Willenroth Woods property to the NCC in 1998, a site of about 30 hectres (76 acres).
The combined properties includes about a kilometer of Lake Ontario shoreline, including significant wetlands, marsh, swamps, some wood lots and meadows (agricultural fields).
The NCC is developing a management plan to enhance and protect these lands. They have been assessing what they have in terms of natural habitat and man made (pioneer cemetery, old well, hunting blinds), and invasive species.
They have mapped out birds and wildlife spottings, their habitat and have identified invasive species and started to remove some of the invasive species. 
The grasslands (agricultural lands) are home to the Bobolink and delayed harvesting of hay allows the bird to complete its nesting period.
They have done an intensive inventory of the Phragmites and determined that most are native with a small patch of an invasive species. This is in contract to Presquile Provincial Park where the invasive species have taken over.
Another invasive plant found on the site is the Himalayan Balsam with beautiful flowers but no biological value. Also Starry Stonewort that grows in the bay, a grass like macroalgae that grows thick and dense and can be a problem for boaters. They are investigating how to remove this plant.
Mute Swans are not native and are a problem with their numbers exploding in recent years. They are large and aggressive and chase out smaller native birds.
They are working to restore the grasslands and other plantings.
Long term they want to open up the area to visitors, possible trails and observation deck.
They continue to monitor the lands and to develop a plan for the restoration and preservation of these lands. There may be future opportunities to expand the land holdings and / or for Rotary to help.
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