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Dedicated to protecting and restoring Ellerbe Creek
ECWA E-Newsletter (April 2015)


We will send out this newsletter bi-monthly to keep you up-to-date with ECWA news and upcoming activities. The E-zine with watershed flora & fauna information will come out in alternate months.


Welcome Seth, ECWA's new AmeriCorps Member!

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Seth Williams has come all the way from Washington State to join ECWA as its new AmeriCorps volunteer. For the next year Seth will be focusing on community engagement and outreach with the diverse population of the watershed. Seth recently finished a three year Peace Corps service in the small West African nation of The Gambia. During his service Seth supported small rural communities through environmental education, technical support, and other forms of community outreach. We are excited for Seth to join our team - be sure to give him a warm welcome when you see him out and about in the watershed!

Great Lakes Brewing Company Green Tour - Earth Day Workday and Volunteer Appreciation Party

On Saturday, April 18th from 9am to noon ECWA will partner with Frog Hollow Outdoors and Great Lakes Brewing Co. on a big Earth Day clean-up. All volunteers will meet at the Beaver Marsh behind Compare Foods at 9am. Half the group will stay for a stewardship day at the Beaver Marsh and the other half of the group will travel to Redmill Road for a water-based canoe and kayak trash clean up where Ellerbe Creek meets Falls Lake. All volunteers are then invited to reunite at 1pm at Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom for a volunteer appreciation party thrown by Great Lakes Brewing Co. with food, drinks, and live music!

RSVP is required for this event, please sign-up here

"Tails and Tiaras" 
Beaver Queen Pageant Kickoff Party

Saturday, April 25th from 6-8pm at Parker and Otis - Be the first to meet this year’s Beaver Queen Pageant contestants and judges and come shake your tails with the Bulltown Strutters! The event will be emceed by Ellen Ciompi and hosted by Parker and Otis - 50% of all food and drink sales and 20% of all other store sales during the event will go to ECWA. The event is free but voting often and frequent bribing will be encouraged!

April - May 2015

Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club

Join naturalist Katie Kovach at Glennstone Preserve on Saturday, April 4th at 10am for this month's Family Explorers Club: Fairy Houses and other Fun Nature Art! Please RSVP here.

The next Family Explorers Club will be An Animal Celebration! at Northgate Park on Saturday, May 9th at 10am 

The Explorers Club is an outdoor activity club for families with young children. While the nature exploration activities are primarily for children 0 to 6 years old, all in the family are welcome to participate. For more information contact 919-698-9729 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Volunteer Stewardship Days

The Great Lakes Brewing Company Green Tour Earth Day workday will be held on Saturday, April 18th. Volunteers will meet at 9am at the Beaver Marsh. See more details above. Registration for this event is required, please sign up here to join the fun

Nature Hikes

Please join us for a butterfly hike at Glennstone preserve on Friday, April 10th at 12:30 in the afternoon. The hike will be led by naturalist Jeff Pippen. Currently Jeff is working for a private conservation ranch to establish and conduct long-term butterfly monitoring programs to study the effects of habitat restoration and climate change. 

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It's time to get excited about the annual Memorial Day heron rookery hikes at Glennstone Preserve on Monday, May 25th. There will be two morning hikes, one at 7:30am and the other at 10:00am. We will hike out to the heron rookery to see the herons nesting and look for other birds and wildlife along the way. This is always one of ECWA's most popular hikes, so be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot!

RSVP is required for all ECWA hikes. Please RSVP here


Saturday, June 6th: The 11th annual BEAVER QUEEN PAGEANT at Duke Park Meadow - Beavers do Bollywood!
Saturday, June 13th: Family Explorers Club at Bennett Place


A big THANK YOU to DPAC, Sam's Quik Shop, Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom, and all of the restaurants and breweries at the Bull City Food & Beer Experience for putting on such an awesome event. ECWA is HONORED to be the beneficiary of this event and we thank you for helping us to improve water quality in downtown Durham!

Thanks to the 19 runners/walkers and to all of those who donated to Team ECWA as part of the Great Human Race. With two anonymous matches we raised over $11,000 for protecting land, restoring native habitat, and connecting people to nature in downtown Durham! 
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Nature hikes
We are deeply grateful to Kathi Beratan, Nicki Cagle, and Robert Meehan for leading our March nature hikes and for sharing their in-depth knowledge on stormwater management, birds, and much more!

ECWA had a great group of Duke students and Watts Hospital- Hillandale neighbors who came out an a cold February day for a monthly stewardship day at 17-Acre Wood.

Thank you to American Heritage Girls Troop 0880 for helping ECWA kick off #CreekWeek2015 with a stewardship day at Glennstone. 

And thanks to Sean Doig and all of the folks who worked their tails off at the Goose Creek cleanup the last weekend of #CreekWeek2015.  

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to the great team from Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions who helped ECWA plant native plants and pick up trash at Pearl Mill. And thanks to Keep Durham Beautiful for providing funding to help purchase the plant material.



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P.O. Box 2679
Durham, North Carolina 27715

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