The General meeting in August will be a potluck dinner with a fireside chat – and informal conversation with staff and management of the MNRF about areas of interest and concern. Members are asked to bring a contribution to the potluck and a beverage of choice. Invited guests who would like an introduction to the Club and to topics that influence hunting, angling and conservation are welcomed. We will gather at 5:00 p.m., supper is at 6:00 and the fireside follows.
Thursday, the second meeting in the summer format, will begin with a tour of the Conservation trails led by Wayne Ingram. The tour will include a view of the recently seeded food plots and the planned pollinator gardens. Please bring boots. The rain has created some wet and muddy spots on the trail.
After the tour, there will be a short business meeting and social.
SJIHA members and members of the public are welcome to the regular meeting of the SJI Hunters and Anglers on Thursday, July 13th. The get-together begins with a tour of the Conservation Trails led by Wayne Ingram. The trails have been developed by the Club to help educate the public about our local natural features and to provide an outdoor experience that will be accessible to public use. A view of the recently seeded wildlife food plots will be included in the Trail tour, and also the developing pollinator natural gardens will be described. Rain has made the trails wet. Boots would be a good idea. After the tour, everyone will convene inside the Conservation Centre for a brief business meeting and social. Please join us.
The Annual Island Fishing Derby has been growing in popularity each year since it began four years ago. Registration begins Friday, June 30, at noon until 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, July 1, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Please bring your completed pre- registration forms to register. You will receive a copy of the rules and instructions about recording and submitting your catch statistics. This derby offers the option of catch and release. The derby begins at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, and runs until noon on Sunday, July 9. The Awards Dinner at the Conservation Centre will begin with awards at 4:00 p.m. Mystery prizes will be awarded only to competitors who are present at the dinner. Prizes for the largest fish caught will be awarded at the dinner, but if the winning contestant is absent, the prize will be sent to him/her.
Volunteers will be required to help prepare the serve the dinner on Sunday, July 9. Please call John Paterson at 705-246-3352
The Youth Day camp is being offered at the conservation Grounds during the week of July 10-14
This event is definitely shaping up to be popular and beneficial to the campers, the Kensington Conservancy and the Club. Already, registration for the event is nearly at capacity.
The camp, for children aged 9 to 14 will run each day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The teaching and supervision of the children is primarily the responsibility of the Kensington Conservancy, although John will be leading a how to fish workshop, and Wayne will be introducing the children to the trails. Club volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve lunches each day between 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. and to supply baking. At least one Club member must be on the Club grounds at all times during the day.
Please call Teresa if you can volunteer some time: July 10 to 14: 705-246-3927
Excerpt from May 26 Press Release
The Kensington Conservancy and the St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers are excited to announce a new partnership project. They have teamed up to present the first Explorers- Summer Day Camp. This exciting project will run from July 10-14th, 2017 for children ages 8-14. Activities will include learn to paddle brought to you by Algoma Adventures, Nature 101 instructed by Sault College Professor Rob Routledge, Nottingham Archery, Photography, Birding, volunteers from the Hunter and Anglers will give guided tours through their amazing property trails. So much to learn, see and do.
The St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers will host the camp at their beautiful facility on St. Joseph Island. Snacks and lunches will be provided. The day camp will run from 9:00 to 4:00 each day.
The Kensington Conservancy sees this as an extension of the Jr. Explorer program that offers fun activities for younger children ages 5-8 which has been running from their Desbarats location for 3 years. This program is an environmental education and outdoor appreciation program designed for children ages 5-8 and their families. The Junior Explorers start with a membership sign-up that provides each child with a T-shirt, notebook, activity binder. This year the Jr. Explorer project will continue at a cost of $35.00 for the months of July and August. Watch for an updated schedule on the Kensington Conservancy’s website.
The Kensington Conservancy is a registered charity with its office located in Johnson Township. As a local land trust they are working to protect our precious lands and waters, in perpetuity, having protected almost 900 acres of ecologically sensitive lands in the area. Many of their properties contain provincial significant wetlands. They offer guided tours on many of their properties, as well as have the Foster Parkland and Walking Trails open to the public for hiking anytime.
Embracing good stewardship practices, they work with the local communities to develop programs that will promote greener and less intensive development, best land and water management practices, invasive species control, and low impact recreational activities, and good stewardship education.
For information or to register:
For further information please contact: Tanna Elliott, Executive Director Kensington Conservancy,705 782-2200 or
The Annual Island Fishing Derby is the first week of July. Registration will take place on June 30th from noon to 8 p.m. and again from 8:00 a.m. to noon on July 1, at the Conservation Centre. The derby begins at 6:00 a.m. on July 1. and runs to noon on July 9th. An awards dinner with presentations will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9th. Cash awards will be given for the largest fish in each species category. Mystery prizes will be revealed at the dinner and presentations.
PRE-REGISTRATION FORM Please print and complete this form and bring it to registration.
There is a goal to reduce current phosphorous runoff levels reaching Lake Erie by 40 per cent.
The OFA partnered with Environmental Defence and enlisted support from 23 other environmental and agricultural groups for a letter asking the Ontario government to protect freshwater by putting a deposit on single-use beverage containers, such as plastic water bottles.
“Every year in Ontario, one billion plastic bottles end up in landfills or our environment,” said Ashley Wallis, Water Program Manager with Environmental Defence. “We need to turn this plastic tide. The Blue Box program isn’t working well enough,” she says.
“Deposit return programs such as the province already applies for wine and beer bottles are a proven way to increase recycling rates, Wallis says.
Currently, about 80 per cent of litter in the lakes is plastic. Ontario also has the lowest collection rate for plastic beverage containers in Canada, at 47 per cent.
In comparison, Canadian jurisdictions with deposit return programs collect up to 95 per cent of their bottles.
They estimate deposit-and-return could generate $100 million a year that could be used to clean up the Great Lakes.
The SJI Hunters and Anglers Association has been closely involved with the Lake Huron-North Shore Elk Advisory Committee. The Club has committed seed donations for food plots, and it has offered its volunteer help. The Elk Advisory Committee is working to minimize the impact of elk, particularly on agricultural land, while also ensuring the viability of the herds.
By clicking on one of the links below, you have an opportunity to contribute to the data collection about where the elk are and about the kinds of impacts that they are exerting. Please print the form, complete it, and then submit it through one of the means identified at the bottom of the form. One link is to a Word file and the other to a PDF file.
Thank you for your interest.