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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - Birding outing to Prince Edward County South Shore IBA
Led by:
Peter Fuller, Chair of Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

This will be a full day outing and will be a joint outing with Prince Edward County Field Naturalists. Meet at Hwy. 45 and 401 car pool lot at 7 a.m. or at Prince Edward Point at 9 a.m. There is a chance to stay into the evening to see Northern Saw-whet Owl banding.

Turtle Nest Relocation from Close Point Causeway due to Road Paving, Gore's Landing

A message from Joan Norris: (email her directly if interested - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

I am coming back to Ontario from Aug. 1st to 4th with the purpose of digging up and relocating the nests. This is NOT the best thing for the turtles but it is much better than the alternative, which is certain death for up to 2000 developing baby turtles. Some of the nests will go to a newly created turtle nesting habitat at the Black Oak Savannah in Alderville. The rest will go to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (a.k.a. the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre) where they will be incubated, overwintered and released in the spring to maximize their chances of survival.

We need all the help we can get!! We want to do this right this time, which will take time and patience. The work can start Tuesday evening, with small groups working over the next few days, hopefully finishing on Thursday. Any and all help you can give during this time would be appreciated. Help can come in different ways. For example, we need drivers to transport eggs to OTTC and people to help plant nests at the Black Oak site. On behalf of myself and all those little baby turtles we're gonna save, a great big THANK YOU!!

Joan

Alderville Black Oak Savanna

Gillian di Petta, Garden Coordinator, has organized "Garden BioBlitz" days throughout this summer and fall and is looking for volunteers with wildlife ID skills to join their team in these events to inventory what's present in their Interpretive Garden, and possibly throughout the whole site. The dates are as follows:

Summer - August 8
Fall - September 12

A note from Ian Fife, the Piping Plover biologist for Ontario Parks Southeast Zone:

We currently have two Piping Plover nests in the zone, one at North Beach Provincial Park (Prince Edward County), and the other at Darlington Provincial Park (Durham County). I am looking for volunteers to become Piping Plover guardians for both locations. The volunteer's responsibilities would include public outreach and education as well as ensuring the adult plovers and chicks are safe when around the public. The most important period would be from when the chicks hatch to their fledging date. Currently, the expected hatch to fledge date for North Beach is July 4th – July 29th. The hatch to fledge date for Darlington is July 16th – August 10th.

All interested volunteers can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.