October 20, 2016
Bill Reed of the Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society, presented Fern Hill’s Young Ornithologist Club with an Environmental Stewardship award for their work in creating a successful bluebird trail. The trail consists of a series of nesting boxes strategically placed along a flight path which house nests of bluebirds each spring. The Eastern Bluebird is a native Ontario bird whose numbers have been declining and we are excited to see their flashes of blue on a more regular basis amongst our foliage.
On November 10, Conservation Halton awarded Fern Hill with a Watershed Stewardship Award at their annual awards ceremony in Milton. This award recognizes our construction of a rainwater retention garden which protects our water table, encourages native plant species, and feeds the endangered Mottled Duskywing Butterfly. Our students are enjoying learning about water stewardship, monitoring and retention along with fostering this tiny endangered butterfly.