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Dedicated to protecting and restoring Ellerbe Creek
ECWA E-Newsletter (March 2016)


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.


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Get out and discover your local creeks during Creek Week 2016, from March 12-19! There will be over 30 events this year, from stream cleanups to trivia nights, culminating with the Creek Week Celebration on March 19th from 1-4pm at Forest Hills Park. 

As part of #CreekWeek16 Frog Hollow Outdoors will be hosting a canoe cleanup at the mouth of Ellerbe Creek on Sunday, March 13th at 10am. Canoes will be provided, call 919-416-1200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

ECWA will be hosting a bilingual migratory bird hike on March 12th and a green infrastructure tour on March 18th. See below for more info, or click here to RSVP.  

ECWA has hired a Stewardship Coordinator!

Please join us in welcoming Dave Cook as ECWA's new Stewardship Coordinator. Dave comes to ECWA after a 30-year career as a park ranger for NC State Parks. His land management experience is broad, encompassing natural resource management, interpretation and education, law enforcement and emergency response, maintenance, volunteer management, and parks management. Say "Hi" to Dave when you see him out on the preserves!

March - April 2016

4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience


Sunday, April 10th from 4-8pm at DPACPut on by DPACSam's Quik Shop, and Tyler's Restaurant & Taproomthis event will stimulate and educate your palate and mind through pairing of local food showcasing 30 Durham restaurants and unbelievable beer from 30 premier craft/import breweries. And best of all, it is a benefit for ECWA! Get your tickets now!

Tails & Tiaras - Beaver Queen Pageant Kickoff Party

TailsTiarasSaturday, April 30th 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!


The Great Human Race

Get some exercise and support a great cause at the same time, by joining Team ECWA for the Great Human Race, a 5-k that will take place at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Saturday, April 30th. Please consider becoming a runner or walker and asking your friends and family to sponsor you as you race to help the creek! Check out the ECWA team page and click on the red "become a fundraiser" button, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. 

If you aren't up for running or walking you can donate to Team ECWA to cheer us on! We have a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $3,000, so your donation will go twice as far!

Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club

Charlotte 5Join naturalist Katie Kovach at Glennstone on April 2nd at 10am for Fairy Hourse and  Nature Art! Please RSVP here.

The next Family Explorers Club will be
An Animal Celebration at Pearl Mill on May 7th 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 info contact 919-698-9729 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Please Join us on Saturday, April 16th for the Great Lakes Brewing Company Earth Day Green Tour! For the second straight year, Great Lakes is generously donating to ECWA in honor of Earth Day and sponsoring a mega-workday! A land-based clean up will convene at the Beaver Marsh behind Compare Foods at 10am, and a water-based canoe and kayak trash clean up, Little Sweep, meets at 8:30am at the bridge where Redmill Road crosses the creek. Little Sweep is cosponsored by Frog Hollow Outdoors, which has generously donated the use of 10 canoes for the day.
RSVP is required for this event, please sign-up here. 

Nature Hikes

Join us for a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Migratory Bird Hike at the Beaver Marsh on Saturday, March 12th at 11 am. Naturalist and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment professor Nicki Cagle will lead this hike, identifying birds and teaching us where they come from and how they survive their long-distance journeys.  Please RSVP here. 

Green Infrastructure

Robert Meehan, ECWA's Creek Smart® Technician, will be leading a Green Infrastructure Tour starting at Fullsteam (726 Rigsbee Ave) at 5:30pm on Friday, March 18thThe tour will explore Creek Smart practices in urban Durham including rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, and removal of impervious surfaces and the ways these practices work to protect the creek. Tour concludes at around 6:30PM with a chance to win T-shirts and glassware courtesy of Fullsteam! To sign up and get a chance to win prizes, please RSVP here.  

Save The Dates

Saturday, June 4th: 2016 Beaver Queen Pageant, Dam! It's the 80s!


Group Photo 2 2A big thank you to the folks of all ages who came out to the February stewardship day at 17-Acre Wood.

Nature Hikes
We are very grateful to have such amazing hike leaders! Thanks to Milo Pyne for leading a dendrology hike at 17-Acre Wood in January and to Pete Schubert for leading a geology hike at Glennstone in February. 





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P.O. Box 2679
Durham, North Carolina 27715

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