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Get your message for NatureCOP on the NatureBus!

Nature Canada’s NatureBus tour is heading to the NatureCOP (i.e. COP15) conference in Montreal. This December, officials from 195 countries and the European Union will gather to discuss global progress on nature protection and come up with a plan to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030. 

The NatureBus will be making stops all over the country to collect your messages of support for a plan to restore nature. On December 6, they will deliver the messages to the Prime Minister at the NatureCOP conference in Montreal.

On Monday December 5th in the afternoon, the NatureBus will be stopping in Prince Edward County in Picton at the Giant Tiger Parking Lot to collect your letter. Come drop it off in person! Tell Canada’s NatureCOP representatives that you expect real action out of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Your message of hope will be featured in our NatureCOP installation: “Letters of Hope - Canadians’ support and wishes for a nature-positive world” to showcase Canadians’ support and urge for Canadian leadership to ensure successful NatureCOP outcomes. 

If you can’t make it to the bus, send a digital message to make sure your voice is heard by world leaders at NatureCOP!



Know where Red-headed Woodpeckers like to hide food? Ever seen a 50-year-old Midland Painted Turtle? Wonder why Piping Plovers vibrate sand with their feet?

If you love the South Shore and are curious about the Species that live, rest, forage and breed there – there’s a new Guide specifically designed for you! Featuring 20+ local photographers, fun facts and identification information about the 39 currently known South Shore Species at Risk, this Guide is now available at Books & Company on Main Street, Picton. It features photos, descriptions and at risk classification info about species that have been documented using the South Shore Key Biodiversity Area.

A perfect stocking stuffer, this eco-friendly Guide (printed on 100% recycled paper thanks to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation) is sure to appeal to anyone who loves our South Shore, Canadian birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants, insects, fish and mammals. 100% of proceeds support South Shore Joint Initiative’s work.

Special thanks to David Sweet, owner of Books & Company for providing a popular location where people can purchase our new Guide. And until December 20 Books & Company has free shipping! The Guide is $10 each or 2/$15 at Books & Company at 289 Picton Main Street and at




What's YOUR South Shore Story?

Our South Shore is full of stories. You can watch dozens of them on our popular YouTube channel. Did you grow up learning all that there is to offer along the trails? Maybe you're a visitor who enjoys the peacefulness of Lake Ontario's waves hitting the shore. If you have stories about the area, or if you simply love taking photos of our beautiful South Shore, we'd like to share them! We invite you     



South Shore Joint Initiative (SSJI) members and partner organizations are working to protect Prince Edward County’s South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) in order to maintain or increase the biodiversity of its terrestrial and marine ecosystems. 

Our members support the objectives of SSJI. Our partners include organizations that support particular objectives and initiatives of South Shore Joint Initiative as part of the larger coalition to protect the South Shore IBA.

Since 2018, through public education, supporting responsible usage and enabling scientific research, we’re proud to raise awareness about how the wellbeing of Prince Edward County’s South Shore and the people who enjoy it are inextricably linked. Together, we are working to protect and preserve public lands in Canada’s last undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline.

Your one-time and monthly donations help us to advance our work. Every donation of $20 or more includes SSJI membership. We are proud to be a registered charity based in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. Tax receipts will be emailed to you within 5 business days.


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