Like dowsing rods to groundwater - we are a small group of 3 Dundas (Greensville) neighbours bent on raising awareness in our little area about the importance of stewarding the magical life-sustaining flow of water and fostering its ecological health.
Our mission is to thread environmental education through active outdoor play, knowing that through increasing connectivity with nature, play and exercise, comes long-ranging, long-term health benefits and respect for ourselves and our local and wider ecosystem and ultimately the globe.
That small creek described above winds along the side of the park - being part of the greater mid-Spencer Creek Watershed. Baseline stream health assessment studies have been very positive indicating that our little tributary is considered “pristine” with a healthy diversity of organisms in the sediment/benthic zone of the stream, a good cool temperature supporting wild watercress and lacking invasive species to date. Good news!!
We have hand delivered comprehensive, informative flyers and newsletters to neighbours since 2011 about maintaining stream health and posted signage around the neighbourhood and almost no one is calling us. We have hosted nature walks, talks and outdoor educational adventures to find many species including algae, amphibians, birds, fishes, invertebrates, aquatic plants and terrestrial plants with sadly very low attendance. Bad news!
Planting Native Plant Habitat.
We have created no-mow areas to encourage wildlife and habitat “corridors” for marsh plants, travelling animals and pollinators to range and thrive in the neighbourhood. Around these corridors we have dreams/plans to add masses of edible berries, herbs, flowers and other plants that will be nice for people and pollinators to eat!
We have already strewn local wildflower seeds - thanks to the Pollinators Paradise Project and look forward to the results. Longer term plans include phasing in outdoor fitness equipment and hosting Tai Chi in the park - watch for it you must come and tell your neighbours!!
Lately we have been feeling full of hope as we marched with 25,000 people in Ottawa taking action for limiting global warming and 100% possible climate change.
Good luck to all friends of the environment from Friends of Rosebough Creek!
Incidentally, our colleagues at Stewards of Cootes watershed to date have pulled over 175,000 lbs of garbage out of these neighbouring waterways. The Greater Hamilton Watershed includes a huge 479 square kilometres of watershed area - made up of land-based and water-based areas. This is an example of the fruitful work being done in our backyards but illustrates a larger and confounding disconnection to nature.