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



2016 Beaver Queen Pageant

Join us on Saturday, June 4th at Duke Park Meadow (Acadia and Knox) for the 12th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant! Pre-pageant activities begin at 4pm and the pageant starts at 5pm. This year’s theme is “Dam! It’s the 80’s!”. For those of you who haven't been, the pageant is a family-friendly, fun, and free community event that is a fundraiser for ECWA. Hit the food trucks, make yourself a tail, and bribe the judges to make sure that your favorite contestant wins. Emceed by WUNC's Frank Stasio, this is a truly weird and delightful Durham experience!

Early voting has already started at the Ellerbe Creek Board of Corruption. Check out this year's contestants and remember, "vote early, and vote often!"

We are still looking for a few volunteers for before, during, and after the event. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. 

May - June 2016

Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club

Charlotte 5Join naturalist Katie Kovach at Bennett Place on Saturday, June 18th at 10am for An Insect Adventure! Please RSVP here.

Family Explorer's will take a break during July and August and start up again in September.   

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.. 


ECWA is in the process of closing on our newest preserve, The Rocks, located in the 2600 block of Broad St. The stewardship committee will be holding a community work day on Saturday, June 18th. Exact time to be determined. Check on the ECWA events sign-up page for more details.

Nature Hikes

heron glennstone
It's time to get excited about the annual Memorial Day heron rookery hikes at Glennstone Preserve on Monday, May 30th. There will be two morning hikes, one at 7:30am led by Barbara Beaman and David and Judy Smith and the other at 10:00am led by Katherine and Robert Meehan. 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 and space is limited, so be sure to RSVP to reserve your spot!

VeaseyJoin ECWA Stewardship Coordinator Dave Cook on Saturday, June 11th from 9am-11:30am for an off trail discovery of fields, forest, and streams at the Veasey Preserve. A former working farm, the preserve now protects the watershed of Ellerbe Creek tributaries. This preserve is not yet open to the public so this is a chance to get a guided tour of its natural side. We will get up close to an inhabited beaver lodge, see what early summer wildflowers are blooming, look for small critters and signs of bigger ones, and learn about why the forest and the streams are the way they are today. RSVP here

Save The Date

Saturday, October 8th 1-5pm: The 2016 Ellerbe Creek Nature Tour. Come explore the natural beauty, flora and fauna of the creek at four urban nature preserves and a Creek Smart® community. Get up close with amphibians and reptiles, learn how to dye using native plants, visit ECWA’s new preserve The Rocks, and more!


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!

Hooray for the 10 runners/walkers and to all of those who donated to Team ECWA as part of the Great Human Race. With an anonymous match we raised over $6,000 for protecting land, restoring native habitat, and connecting people to nature in downtown Durham!
Team ECWA with WoolEBull 6

Thank you to Parker and Otis, Ellen Ciompi, and The Bulltown Strutters for a great start to the 2016 Beaver Queen Pageant at Tails & Tiaras

Thank you to the American Heritage Girls group for cleaning up the Beaver Marsh and to Duke professor Joel Meyer and his students for doing a workday at Glennstone to help prepare for the Memorial Day hikes.

Thank you to Great Lakes Brewing Company for sponsoring a great workday as part of their 2016 Green Tour and to Frog Hollow Outdoors for providing canoes for the creek clean up.  
GLBC workday

Nature Hikes
Thank you to Nicki Cagle and Matt Borden for leading a bilingual bird hike at the Beaver Marsh as part of Creek Week. Thank you also to Nate and Suzanne Hartley for leading a plant nature hike at 17-Acre Wood in April.





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P.O. Box 2679
Durham, North Carolina 27715

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