Throughout 2015, Save Our Seine will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary. A series of educational and recreational events and activities are being planned. Events will highlight the natural, cultural, and historical features found along the length of the Seine River greenway from the city limits/floodway to the mouth of the river where it enters the Red. Each event is being championed by a volunteer or group of volunteers. Let us know if you would like to get involved in planning or hosting an event in your area. More volunteers are always welcome.
Be sure to check here and the SOS Facebook page for future events as they are announced.
Tuesday, October 27 (7 p.m.): 2015 Save Our Seine AGM
Sunday, October 4: Cycle the Seine: This event was postponed to 2016.
Saturday, October 3: From the Seat of a Canoe 2015 From the Seat of a Canoe – Performance
Saturday, September 26 (10 a.m.): Art in the Park (part of Culture Days): 2015 Culture Days Event
Tuesday, September 22: Riverbank Clean-up and Weed-Pulling event (Royalwood bridge to Creek Bend Road
Wednesday, September 16: Rain Garden Planting and Unveiling
Sunday, August 16: 2015 Bike Tour (August)
The August bike tour attracted thirteen enthusiastic folks from all parts of Winnipeg. They enjoyed the information that was shared at each of the stops along the way while experiencing the beautiful trails in the south part of St. Vital.
Between 50 and 60 participants joined tour leader Charles Burchill for an entertaining introduction to the plants of the South Trail. Charles provided a detailed list of the plants that he had found during preliminary visits to the area: 2015 Handout (Plant Tour). The tour was entertaining and informative – touching on plant identification, traditional uses, and other points of interest. Many thanks to Nature Manitoba for contributing to Save Our Seine’s 25th Anniversary by recommending this event and tour leader.
Sunday, July 12: 2015 Bike Tour
A small group of enthusiastic cyclists joined SOS board member Denis DePape for a 20-kilometre circle tour of the parks and trails of South St. Vital. The route included the Bois-des-Esprits Trail, Louis Riel Senior Trail, Bishop Grandin Greenway, St. Vital Park, Henteleff Park, and South St. Vital Trail. Participants came from River Park South, Fort Garry, Wolsley, Island Lakes, and Meadowood. The 9 a.m. start allowed the tour to finish before the heat and humidity became too much.
Monday, June 29: Weed Pulling – Part 3
Saturday, June 20: 2015 Weed Pulling – Part 2
The weed-pulling crew returned to tackle the famous “triangle” of weeds along the South Trail. This nest of burdock and stinging nettle has spread out along the adjacent trails in all three directions. We removed about 20 bags of weeds from the triangle and will monitor the results. Another event is planned for June 29th at 6:30.
Saturday, June 13: 2015 Family Fishing Day
The weather cooperated for Save Our Seine’s first-ever Family Fishing Derby. It rained before the event but cleared off before the derby started. Even the mosquitoes were tolerable. Several good-sized fish were caught and prizes were awarded. Some photos from the event are posted on the FaceBook page.
Saturday, May 30: 2015 Weed Removal on the South Trail
A hard-working crew of gardeners plucked dandelions, thistle, leafy spurge, burdock, nettle, and other unwanted plants. As the invasive weeds disappeared, the landscape revealed the beauty of the less-obvious native plants that were struggling to hold on. Weeders discovered native violets, Alexanders, anemones, wild sarsaparilla, false Solomon’s seal and other woodland delights.
Saturday, May 23: 2015 Spring Migration Birding Walk
Approximately 30 people participated in a birding walk offered by SOS in partnership with Nature Manitoba. The weather was amazing and the birding was even better. People were treated to the sights and sounds of 57 different species of migrant and resident birds – as identified by leader Christian Artuso. The group’s rate of speed was a whopping 400 metres per hour. View the group’s checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23592189 Here is a pdf version for printing: List of Birds Seen on Birding Walk. Thanks to Nature Manitoba for helping make SOS’s 25th Anniversary a success.
Saturday, May 2: Echoes of Our Past – History Walk Along the Seine River
It was a sunny spring day when 100 people gathered at the Lagimodiere-Gaboury Park trailhead for a walk with local historian J.P. Brunet. The group was treated to fascinating and entertaining stories of Winnipeg’s early history as it was shaped by the Seine River. The walk ended at the childhood home of author Gabrielle Roy where a short presentation was made by interpreters and participants were invited inside for the full tour. Here is a map of the route that we followed: Map for History Walk
Wednesday, April 22, 2015: Earth Day – Focus on the Seine
Saturday, February 28, 2015: Riel Mill Site Tour