Story by Brian Reid
Internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer Bill Bickle attracted a crowd of more than fifty people on Sunday, November 6th for a presentation of his award-winning work. Mr. Bickle’s photos have been featured in such prestigious publications as Canadian Geographic magazine and Canadian Wildlife Photography and in calendars prepared for Parks Canada and the National Wildlife Federation. He has won innumerable awards from various organizations and publications including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, and the David Suzuki Nature of Things National Photo Competition. Most recently, earlier this year, he was the winner in a wildlife photo competition based in Texas which had 10,000 entries! The winning photograph of a mother grizzly with cubs, taken in the Great Bear Rain Forest in northern British Columbia , is featured below.
The annual fall cleanup of the trails, parking lots and shorelines of the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area was completed on Saturday October 29th, 2016. Special thanks to all who participated.
Master litter pickers Suzanne Land, Melanie McCarthur, Councillor Corinna Traill and Tom Hossie are shown at the entrance to the Waterfront Trail on Toronto Street after completing a morning of cleanup. Not available for the photo were Patrick and Catharine Bothwell.
Photo by Brian Reid
Councillor Corinna Traill and Chairperson Brian Reid of the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area Advisory Committee point to the sketch of the fish hatchery which operated on Wilmot Creek from 1868 -1914. Councillor Traill and Mr. Reid, along with committee vice-chair Kate Potter, explained the origins and history of the hatchery to the nearly 500 persons who visited Belmont House at the Open Doors Clarington Event on Saturday June 11th.
By all measures, Open Doors Clarington, 2016, was a huge success. This year’s event focussed entirely on the community of Newcastle. Exceptional crowds took advantage of the fine weather to visit historic properties, including Belmont House, the original home of the Wilmot family , after which both Wilmot Creek and the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area are named.
Members of the Nature Area’s Advisory Committee were on hand at Belmont House to tell visitors about Samuel Wilmot and the history of Canada’s first salmon fish hatchery – which had its beginnings in the basement of Belmont House. The following article summarizes the history of the hatchery and the role of Samuel Wilmot in establishing it.
The north viewing platform on the edge of the old growth forest is closed temporarily for repair. Watch this blog for information relating to its reopening.
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