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Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 3rd - 8:00 pm at Grackle Coffee on Main St Schomberg.













Nature in the Heart of Our Village
The Dufferin Marsh

The Dufferin Marsh is a remnant feature of the Schomberg River and was isolated when the river was channeled in the 1800's. Through natural processes and man made disturbances the old river bed developed into a marsh. The land was historically used for farming, and was bisected by the Schomberg and Aurora Railway in 1902. Through the years the Marsh has flourished despite adjacent development.


Fall Hike, Potluck Dinner and AGM

On Sunday November 8th, we're having what's officially known as our Annual General Meeting. Of course, this is really a chance to go for a hike and have a potluck party. New and non-members are welcome to attend.

So join us for a short hike along the Nature Conservancy Trail at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 8th.
The hike starts at 2:30 pm, the meeting starts at 4:30 pm , and the potluck dinner starts at 6:00 or so (possibly earlier, as we do try to get the AGM over quickly!).

2:00 pm SHORT HIKE on Nature Conservancy Trail on the 17th.
From Schomberg go south on Weston Road to the 17th,
turn right (west) then go to the first driveway on the left (south). There is an NCC sign there. There are about 3 km of trails complete with interpretive signs and a lookout.

4:30 pm MEETING
Meeting and Potluck is at Mary Asselstine's house, 406 Main Street, Schomberg

6:00 pm POTLUCK


The Beertasting - 2015

Join us on Sunday November 18th for our inaugural Beer Tasting Fundraiser, featuring a selection of craft beers from Ontario & Quebec ALE TO LAGER, BITTER TO RADLER.

Presented by Garth Miller - brewer at Granite Brewery.

Each beer is paired with delicious food provided by the Dufferin Marsh Nature Connection

WHERE: Schomberg Community Hall - 325 Main St. Schomberg
TICKETS: $40.00 - Tickets are available at Grackle Coffee, from any member of the DMNC executive or by calling 905-939-7544


Observation Platform construction

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the construction of the observation platform at the Trisan Centre. It has already been used by several groups and individuals to observe birds and other wildlife in the adjacent wetland that was constructed by the Region of York. Besides the many ducks and shorebirds, the most unusual species observed to date are Trumpeter Swans and Caspian Terns.

The project would not have been possible without the support of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Region of York, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and the Township of King.

We encourage you to visit and enjoy the space. Binoculars are available for loan at the reception desk (on the second floor) in the Trisan Centre. Also you can record your sightings in record book kept there.

From time to time a guided event will be held. Watch for notices on this website or visit our Facebook page.

Click here for more photos of the construction, and of the platform in use.




ecoAction Fund Grant

Environment Canada ecoAction Logo

We're happy to announce that we've been selected to receive a grant from Environment Canada's ecoAction fund.

$3,657 for habitat restoration and purple Loosestrife Control

The grant is tailored to helping us forward our ongoing work with marsh habitat restoration and purple Loosestrife control.

This is a one time grant of $3,657.

Our thanks to the Environment Canada's ecoAction fund.


Trillium Grant

Trillium Foundation Logo

We're happy to announce that we've been selected to receive a grant from the Trillium Foundation.

As you know, the Dufferin Marsh is surrounded by development, and is under constant stress and environmental pressure. The grant will help us to complete a background study and build an adjustable weir at the outflow of the southern portion of the Marsh.

This is a one year grant of $12,800.

Our thanks to the Trillium Foundation.


Bullfrog Power

If you'd like to have an immediate effect on the world in which you live, you can become a consumer of green energy! Bullfrog Power is the first 100% green electricity retailer in Ontario.

Bullfrog Power is the only electricity retailer in Ontario that buys power exclusively from wind and low-impact hydro generators who meet or exceed the federal government's Environmental Choice Program EcoLogo standard for renewable electricity.

For more information, check out the website.




We are trying to determine the future direction of the Dufferin Marsh Committee, and we would like your help. Recently, we put together a questionnaire. It was mailed out to those on our mailing list, and hand delivered to residents of the new Mason Homes subdivision adjacent to the Marsh.

It is also available to all visitors to the website. Please take a moment and fill it in. No muss, no fuss, and no stamps!