In this issue, you can read about:

  • New online store items
  • Stroll to Gull Pond

  • Updates on Upcoming Events

  • Creating an Eco Footpath webinar video recording
  • Good-bye Megan, Hello Katherine

New store items with local PEC artwork are now available in our online store!

Check out a new bucket hat, Monarch Butterfly Cycle T-shirt, a "Tree" Towel with Point Petre Tree, and some popular items which are back with limited stock in the South Shore Joint Initiative’s online store. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on our new merchandise featuring the artwork of Prince Edward County artists. All proceeds support our mission to preserve the South Shore.

Stroll to Gull Pond

Cheryl Anderson:

A group of 10 people enjoyed a stroll to Gull Pond on Sunday, April 2. We were lucky to have two special guests on our stroll. Paul Jones, an expert on everything birdy and especially in the Gull Pond/Charwell Point area and Herb Cooper, life long County resident and sometime commercial fisher.

Paul was able to point out several more unusual avian species along the way such as Rusty Blackbirds, Bohemian Waxwings and Sandhill Cranes. The total tally of species recorded was 29! We enjoyed hearing the male Ruffed Grouse start up his mating call engine. We were thrilled to see a small flock of Bonaparte Gulls.

Herb entertained us with tales of his fishing exploits with his father and brothers. Herb's father was also a lighthouse keeper on Main Duck Island and there were some stories from that special place when it was owned by John Foster Dulles.

The Gull Pond outlet was flowing energetically blocking our way to Charwell Point (see video). However, that did not deter our enjoyment of our stroll. We learned a lot along the way and visited one of the remote areas of Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area. To see more pictures click here.

Our next Stroll will be on May 6 at Point Petre (Register here for the next stroll!). John Lowry will help us to find and identify early spring wild flowers. 

Looking forward to seeing you again soon,

Cheryl Anderson

If you would like to share your pictures with us please email Katherine Rogalska. By emailing us your pictures you are allowing us to post them on our website and social media accounts. Thank you for strolling with us!!!

Upcoming events:

South Shore Dark Sky Event

Join us on the May long weekend for a dark sky event with astronomy enthusiast Steve Burr and members of the Kingston and Belleville Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. This week is the time of the new moon, which will provide an excellent opportunity to view stars and planets.

Annual General Meeting

Join us for the South Shore Joint Initiative AGM on June 7 at 7 pm with a special presentation by photographer and videographer John Brebner.

Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly

This 56-minute narrated film unfolds along the shores of Cape Ann in Massachusetts and in the heart of Mexico’s forested volcanic mountains. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from mating to egg to caterpillar to adult, and set against the backdrop of sea and forest, sun and wind. Join us on Friday June 23 at 1:00 PM for this webinar, with an introduction from the director Kim Smith.

Shhh We have something brewing!

Save the Date! Join us Saturday, October 14 at 6:00 PM for an evening of good food, fun and music. Details to come.

Creating an Eco Footpath: Landowner Relations - Webinar video recording

In this webinar, the guest speakers from Bruce Trail Conservancy discuss Landholder relations. Speakers were: Lyndsey Wilkerson, Landowner Stewardship Coordinator, and Klari Kalkman, Landowner Relations volunteer from the Niagara section. Lyndsey and Klari presented inspiring information about the art and science of engaging with landowners while also establishing biodiversity awareness. Follow this link to watch the recording:

Goodbye Megan; Welcome Katherine!

For the past two years, Megan Miller has been the face of South Shore Joint Initiative webinars, the activator of the SSJI Facebook and Instagram presence, the organizer of our database and online sales platform and our constant solver of all technical puzzles. Now Megan is moving on. SSJI is eternally grateful to Megan for elevating everything technical to a professional level. Her good humour or perhaps I should say droll wit or impish sarcasm has entertained us while she just made sure that everything worked. Thank you, Megan, for being such an integral part of SSJI’s progress. Very best wishes for success as you move forward in your career – and we hope to see you soon on the South Shore.

Katherine Rogalska has joined SSJI as our new event and social media coordinator. Katherine lives in Prince Edward County and comes to us with many years of experience in social media and online marketing. Katherine will be an integral part of the progress of SSJI’s five strategic initiatives. SSJI is pleased to welcome Katherine to our organization.


See you on the South Shore!

John Hirsch - President
South Shore Joint Initiative


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