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Your Membership Matters!


ūüíö¬†Heartfelt gratitude to our current, renewing and new members! Your unwavering commitment and passion allow us to LEAP into action and continue our vital work in championing PEC‚Äôs remarkable South Shore.

Your Membership Matters because it’s a powerful catalyst for positive change. With a $25 individual or $40 family membership, you will receive our e-newsletters; invitations to our sold-out events such as Tastes of the South Shore, and free events and activities (South Shore Clean-ups, Wild Thing, Strolls, webinars and presentations)

Our Impact Since 2018:

ūü¶č¬†Monarch Point Conservation Reserve: a sprawling 4,000-acre habitat that shelters dozens of Species at Risk.

ūüŹöÔłŹ¬†Hudgin Log House: significant restoration work on the historic site of our cultural heritage.

ūüĆ鬆Educating All Ages: From schoolchildren to seasoned nature enthusiasts, we foster a deep connection with our land and a sense of stewardship for generations to come.

Follow this link to join us in shaping the future where our South Shore flourishes (Canada Helps membership option, tax receipts and more benefits available): https://www.ssji.ca/become_a_member

Good Breaking Barn Swallow NEWS!

Here's an excerpt from our joint media release: The work of members and supporters of Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN), Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) and South Shore Joint Initiative (SSJI) has resulted in a commitment by the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) to erect a Barn Swallow alternate nesting structure at the site of the former Barn Swallow nesting shed at Point Traverse by March 31! 

The new alternate nesting structure will follow the design of those proven to be effective in other locations in Ontario.


Barn Swallows are a species at risk listed as Threatened federally and Special Concern in Ontario. “Adults show fidelity to breeding sites by commonly reusing the same nest. The number of old nests at a site at the start of the breeding season is also thought to serve as an important cue for young birds selecting their initial breeding location".

At least seven pairs of Barn Swallows traditionally have used the Point Traverse shed. ‚ÄúAlthough we were unable to save the nesting shed, our work had a positive result with the¬†commitment from CWS to build the alternate nesting structure immediately‚ÄĚ commented SSJI vice president Cheryl Anderson. ‚ÄúThe work of our three organizations over the weekend raised¬†awareness about these iconic aerial insectivores. Now more people will appreciate their importance to biodiversity and the web of life. Thank you to everyone who wrote and called Minister Guilbeault.‚ÄĚ

The Canadian Wildlife Service removed the Barn Swallow nesting shed on February 27 as part of plans to remove all the remaining buildings of the fishing village that existed at Point Traverse since the nineteenth century.

 


 

SAVE THE DATE

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, June 12 at 7 pm

In-person - Picton Branch Library

Virtual - Zoom

Speaker - Annette Sandberg (https://hikingwiththeviking.com/speaker-writer-series/)


 

March South Shore Stroll

Saturday, March 23 - 9 am

Meet at the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area harbour parking lot.

Spring is around the corner and it is time to start the 2024 series of South Shore Strolls

The Prince Edward Point NWA is a good place to start with a well defined roadway to follow to the Point Traverse Lighthouse. We will also explore the meadow area leading to Rocky Point south of the Lighthouse. 

Early avian migrants will be around and there may be some early ephemeral wild flowers poking up.

Sturdy waterproof footwear will be required. The washrooms will be open.

Click here to RSVP. We hope to see you there! ūüėä


 

Solar Eclipse Information Sessions

2017 Totality (Photo: Robert Mindenhall)
published in February edition of The South Shoreliner.

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY CANADA - BELLEVILLE will be providing further presentations and information about the April 8 2024 Solar Eclipse at the following locations:

Trenton Library - March 21, 5:30 pm

Quinte Mall - March 23, 10 am to 6 pm

Belleville Library - March 30, 10:30 am

Trenton Library - April 4, 5:30 pm

Click here for additional resources.


 

Become a Monarch Citizen Scientist 

April 12, 2024; 10:30 am by Zoom

60-minute training session for people interested in the conservation of the Monarch Butterfly

Presented By:¬†Charles-√Čtienne Ferland, M. Sc.¬†
Project manager and educational activities coordinator, Mission Monarch

Mission Monarch, is a participatory science program which maps the breeding sites of the Monarch butterfly and aims to train interested individuals so that they can present the program to others and organize outings with groups. The webinar will introduce the Mission Monarch web portal which allows documenting of Monarch breeding sites and data collection by citizen scientists.

Mission Monarch seeks to increase the number of people who contribute observational data about Monarchs, in all life stages (eggs, caterpillars, pupae and butterflies). This approach will allow us to acquire more information about the breeding sites of the Monarch butterfly and ultimately contribute to protection of this endangered species. RSVP HERE

Take a look at all upcoming events here.


Volunteer with Us!

There are so many ways you can choose to help advance our work to protect and preserve Prince Edward County’s remarkable South Shore. Whether you have a little time or a lot, whether you want to volunteer for a one-time activity or take on a leadership role, your time and energy are like gold to this effort. 

Sign up here (or email Cheryl Anderson), and we'll contact you to discuss your specific interests and availability. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!