Dear Wabakimi paddlers!
We're asking for your donations!
Friends of Wabakimi (FOW) is working with Wabakimi Provincial Park to protect and promote this resource as a world class canoeing destination for the benefit of future generations as well as the local economy.
This is our Third Annual FOW fundraising effort. Your DONATION NOW will help improve the Wabakimi Wilderness paddling experience and strengthen our partnership with Wabakimi Provincial Park.
Vern Fish, President, FOW
Song Meter Acoustic Recorders
From the Wabakimi Outfitters Newsletter:
"In May, a group of four Friends of Wabakimi (FOW) members and a representative of Ontario Nature embarked on an 8 day multi-purpose canoe trip to the D’Alton Block area. FOW believes that the area should have a higher level of protection, not only as an incredible recreational area and paddling route, but also as a significant habitat for birds.
Ontario Nature, a charitable organization that protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement, is a partner of the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas. The goal of the Atlas is to map the distribution and relative abundance of Ontario’s approximately 300 species of breeding birds – from as far south as Middle Island in Lake Erie, to Hudson Bay in the north.
Vern Fish, FOW President, said “Therefore, it was logical for FOW and Ontario Nature to partner together on this trip.”
Kristen Setala, Community Science Assistant with Ontario Nature, shared the list of birds she documented on the trip. There is a total of 58 species.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Winter Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, Pileated Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Hermit Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, Veery, American Robin, Common Grackle, Purple Finch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Jay,
Canada Jay--Confirmed breeding evidence: adult feeding juveniles;
Common Raven--Confirmed breeding evidence: heard juveniles in a nest with adults nearby.
Tree Swallow- Confirmed breeding evidence: witnessed two swallows copulating in one event and heard nestlings calling from tree cavity where adults were entering;
Bald Eagle- Saw two adults, a probable pair, and an old stick nest;
Red-tailed Hawk-Confirmed breeding evidence: witnessed two birds doing a courtship display;
Osprey, Common Nighthawk (Special Concern), Ruffed Grouse, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon
Gull species: Probably Herring Gull;
Least Flycatcher, Confirmed breeding evidence: nest building;
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Special Concern),
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Tennessee Warbler,
Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Parula, Ovenbird, Blackburnian Warbler,
Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Canada Warbler (Special Concern).
Vern Fish concluded, “After this trip, I am even more impressed by this area as a valuable resource that needs to be protected. My goal is to continue to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources, and others, to give the area a higher level of protection.”
Thank you to Hank, Dan, Kristen, Vern, and Beth.
Our goal is to purchase 10 new Bird Song Meters for use by Wabakimi Provincial Park's biologist and rangers
Challenges with outdated song meter technology in the last two field seasons has hampered efforts to collect quality bird song data that is required for effective monitoring. The park's current model of song meter is now over 10 years old. (Two were damaged by curious bears.) There's an urgent need to purchase these new Song Meter Mini Units to replace the park's older units; several of which have failed resulting in lost data.
Each year, Wabakimi park staff deploy twenty-five song meters in different habitats in the park in areas pre-defined areas known as ‘Atlas Squares’. Atlas squares are distributed across the park and new locations are chosen each year for collection of data.
To collect data, park staff use automated recoding devices called ‘song meters’. All bird species have unique voices. Song is frequently used as a signal to attract a mate or when protecting their breeding territory. Song meters are used to automatically record animal sounds at scheduled times during the day without the physical presence of people standing there. The recorded data is collected at the end of the season and the audio files are interpreted by staff who determine species presence and abundance at each site.
Ontario Parks protect a range of ecosystems from forests, grasslands, wetlands and sand dunes. By monitoring bird communities in provincial parks and contributing this data to the Breeding Bird Atlas we learn more about the importance of protected landscapes for various avian species including those considered species at risk.
2021: We raised over $8,000 for our joint project to install a park kiosk to enhance the backcountry experience for visitors to Wabakimi Provincial Park. This Kiosk will be installed in 2023 as part of the Park's 40th Anniversary. An original artwork by Kevin Belmore will be announced soon.
In 2020: We raised $8,000 in support of the Legacy Debris Removal Project.
These collaborative efforts are the result of FOW’s process of consultation with park staff.
With over 10,000 lakes, Wabakimi is one of the most expansive protected paddling destinations in all of North America!
Our goal is to raise $8,204 CAD for this 2022-23 project! So far we've raised $4,037 CAD.
At the conclusion of our campaign, we'll have a random drawing for all contibutors who donated $50 CAD and over. The winner will be sent a Cooke Custom Sewing (CCS) 10 x 10 tarp.
Please Donate Now!
Large or small it’s all needed and appreciated. Please consider following table*:
Checks may be mailed to:
Friends of Wabakimi, 1060 Riverdale Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7J 1N2 OR
3488 Kingswood Place
Waterloo, Iowa 50701
Canadian Donors can receive a charitable donation tax receipt by contributing online to Ontario Parks (not Assn.), via CanadaHelps.org
(Drop down menu to "My Park" and in message box enter "Wabakimi Bird Song Meter Project")
OR directly to::
Ontario Parks, 300 Water Street, 6th Floor South, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 3C7 * To make a contribution by credit card over the phone call 705-313-2462, 9-4 EST weekdays.*
*Specify "Wabakimi Bird Song Meter Project" to be credited towards this FOW/WPP effort . Also email firstname.lastname@example.org with your amount, so we can credit it to our running total.
(Eligible Canadian donors receive a tax receipt for every donation over $25.)
Next Steps: The Wabakimi Stewardship Initiative
Going forward the FOW (and hopefully others) will support stewardship
activities to protect, restore and enhance the ecosystems within and surrounding Wabakimi Provincial Park. This will help Wabakimi meet the following Ontario Parks objectives:
1. Protection of natural and cultural features
2. Provision of ecologically sustainable outdoor recreation
3. Natural and cultural heritage education
4. Fostering research