Celebrate Spring with a leisurely stroll down the extension of Simpson Road from Army Reserve Road to the lake. Members of the South Shore Joint Initiative will point out emerging wildflowers, arriving avian migrants and hopefully the iconic Blanding's Turtle. Total distance 3 km. Admission by donation.
This is your chance to explore the somewhat famous Gull Pond with members of the South Shore Joint Initiative. Gull Pond was rich with aquatic foods for native peoples. It was a fishing hub for the first European settlers. Now it is popular with hunters, fishers, hikers and birders. We should encounter many species of migrating Warblers and Thrushes, singing frogs and hopefully a Blanding's Turtle. Wildflowers will be emerging and we will attempt to identify many of them. This area is especially rich ecologically with marshes, meadows and wooded areas providing habitat for many species of plants, vertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. Admission by donation.
June 19 at 2 PM to June 20 at 2 PM
Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) with Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) and Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust (HPELT) present PEC BioBlitz 2020, our 7th annual bioblitz. Community volunteers of all ages, young and young at heart, are invited to join scientists and experts to record all the living species in the newly acquired MapleCross Coastline Reserve.
Become a citizen scientist! It’s fun, exciting and close by! Join guided walks led by experts. See dragonflies, butterflies and moths up close. Look for evidence of mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles. Identify plants and birds you've always wondered about.
$5/adult admission includes dinner on Friday evening and wrap-up BBQ on Saturday afternoon. Children under 16 free - must be accompanied by an adult. Parking and portable washrooms available.
RSVP here for pre-registration (recommended). Onsite registration at intersection of Babylon Road and Helmer Road begins at 1 PM Friday and continues throughout the event. Join us for both days, one day, a part day, an evening or just an hour or two. Be part of history; add your observations to the inaugural data collection for this site.
Check PEPtBO website for updates, details on scheduled walks, what to bring, what to wear, registration information and directions to the site. Be prepared for some wet and uneven terrain.
Explore the Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust Miller Family Nature Reserve with members of the South Shore Joint Initiative. In the early fall we should encounter migrating and indigenous bird species and Monarch butterflies. There will still be interesting plants and insects to investigate. The Reserve has lots of forested areas with excellent examples of oaks, cedars and pines. If possible we will make our way to the shore to investigate the wetland and any waterfowl that are on the lake. Total distance 5 km. Admission by donation.
Join members of the South Shore Joint Initiative in experiencing this rare and endangered landscape. This should be an easy walk through some wetland, meadow and sparsely wooded areas. Expect to encounter indigenous and migrating bird species and Monarch butterflies. Total distance 3 km. Admission by donation.