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Total Solar Eclipse - April 8

We've compiled some interesting facts for you about the Monday April 8th Total Solar Eclipse hereRead information from local municipalities about how to be prepared for this unique experience and a Royal Astronomical Society handout. Remember that safety comes first and LEAVE-NO-TRACE!

Become a Monarch Citizen Scientist 

Are you interested in helping to conserve the Monarch Butterfly? Tune into a 60-minute training webinar hosted by Charles-Étienne Ferland, M. Sc., project manager and educational activities coordinator, Mission Monarch. Learn from experts - register here.

Stroll Helmer Road to the Lake
Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 9 am

Joint us to explore the eastern part of Monarch Point Conservation Reserve - the former Ostrander Point Crown Land Block.

This area was under threat of a wind turbine development 10 years ago. Thanks to the efforts of Prince Edward County Field Naturalists and the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County the development was turned down at an Environmental Review Tribunal. The met tower that was erected in support of the turbine development has recently been removed as a result of the Conservation Reserve designation of the lands.

We will meet at the corner of Helmer and Babylon Roads and walk down Helmer to the former Met Tower Road. We will take this road to the Lake, going through meadows, wetlands, and forested areas. We will have the opportunity to hear and see awakening frogs and may find an elusive Blanding's Turtle. Avian spring migration will be well underway, and there will be lots of birds to see and hear.

Waterproof footwear is a necessity for this Stroll. Lyme disease-causing ticks are endemic in Prince Edward County.

Please note that you are responsible for your own health and safety when you join the stroll.

It's important to RSVP so we can send you updates or schedule changes information!


Biodiversity in Prince Edward County
Tuesday, April 16 – 7 PM

St. Andrews Church, 31 King St., Picton

With Sheila McKay Kuja from the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists

Learn about the special nature of Prince Edward County that makes it a biodiversity hotspot.

Many Species at Risk thrive here because of the relative health of our aquatic and terrestrial habitats. PEC’s geography at the intersection of northern and southern ecozones and its location in Lake Ontario combine to provide refuge for migrating birds, bats and butterflies.

The limestone bedrock with minimal soil cover provides a habitat for endangered plants such as the Four Leaved Milkweed.

Other Species at Risk that occur here are fish such as the Endangered Eastern Sand Darter, reptiles such as the Endangered Spiny Softshell Turtle and birds such as the Endangered Red-headed Woodpecker.

Oak-hickory forests, sand dunes and alvars add to the complement of unusual species and communities in the County.


Read more here.

SSJI's outdoor educator, Cheryl Chapman, will visit the Picton Library to tell a story about native plants that benefit pollinators.

This is a free event. Check the Library calendar for details here.

Big Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, April 27th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lakeshore Beach (along Lake Ontario) in Sandbanks Provincial Park.

This initiative is sponsored by The Friends of Sandbanks and Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Gloves, bags, pick-up sticks, and refreshments will be provided during the event.



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