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!
May - June 2016
Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club
Join 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.
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.
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!
Join 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! www.creektour.org
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!
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 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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