Common Tern Annual Report 2022
Dear Friends of Presqu'ile Park,
Please find below a summary of work on Common Terns at Presqu’ile Provincial Park in 2022, which was supported, in part, by a Research Grant from the Friends. We presented data from this year at the Great Lakes Area Working Group on Colonial Waterbirds at Altmar, NY in November.
Prior to this year, in the autumn of 2021, Don Tyerman (Presqu'ile's Biodiversity Specialist) and his crew erected a new predator exclusion grid on Gull Island, near the existing one where Common Terns had successfully nested in that year. Construction was funded
January 13, 2023 - Jennifer Arnold & Stephen Oswald
Be a Wildlife Detective - Winter Tracking Programs
Wildlife Detectives: December 29, January 28, February 20 @10:00am
Winter is a great time to become a wildlife detective. We might not always see all of the animals at Presqu'ile but they leave us clues to help us figure out just who might be living in the park.
Join a park naturalist and use your detective skills to explore the tracks and signs the animals at Presqu’ile leave behind. This program is geared toward children and families, but anyone is welcome to attend.
We meet at the Trail Parking Lot (Entrance of the Group Camp Area)
Please remember a vehicle permit is
December 26, 2022
Winter Bird Walks are Back!
Winter Bird Walks are back this winter!
We will be offering winter bird walks once a month geared towards beginner birdwatchers, but all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend.
We now have binoculars for visitors to borrow on these hikes!
So don't let the lack of binoculars stop you from coming out.
Saturday December 10th
Saturday January 7th
Saturday February 11th
Hikes will start at 10am from the Camp Office Parking Lot
Please remember a vehicle permit is required for entry into the park all year long. If you have an annual permit please ensure it is on
December 6, 2022
Summer 2022 Park Report
Another busy summer season has come and gone, it feels like just yesterday that we were hiring and preparing for the summer season. This summer was another busy one for the park, we continue to see an increase in both camping and day use visitation compared to pre-pandemic numbers.
The fall camping season has been extended this year again and the campgrounds will be open until October 31st allowing for lots of time for some fall camping. Fall is one of my favourite times to camp because there are less bugs and the park is also quieter, especially on weekdays.
This summer brought the
September 26, 2022 - Kristen Osborne, Chief Park Naturalist
Park Improvements Report
Volunteers from the Park Improvements team had a busy summer at Presqu’ile. Their first major project was to repair storm damage at the viewing platform behind the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre. This platform is very popular with birders in the park, and they are very happy to have access to it again.
Another major project was the installation of new signage for the Marsh Boardwalk. All the signs have been modernized with new information and QR Codes to allow visitors to seek out additional information. The new trailhead sign gives an excellent overhead view of the boardwalk. These
September 26, 2022 - Larry Paradis
2022 Fundraising Activities
COVID–19 caused many of the Friends’ activities to come to a halt. Our fundraising activities were no exception. This summer two dedicated groups of volunteers took on the task of welcoming park visitors to fundraising barbecues and the Lighthouse Gift Shop. In addition to the funds raised, these venues provide an important opportunity to raise awareness of the work of the Friends. Our sincere thanks to these great teams.
Every Saturday, park visitors have been treated to a barbecue lunch near the park Amphitheatre. It is estimated that over 2,100 hungry
September 26, 2022 - Bev Cook
Common Terns 2022: A Good News Story
This is the fifteenth year for the Common Tern study at Presqu'ile, a study funded in part, for several years, by the Friends of Presqu'ile. Professors Jennifer Arnold and Stephen Oswald (Penn State) were not able to spend all of May, June, and July at Presqu'ile, maintaining and monitoring the protective Tern grid system and the Tern colony, however Stephen visited for three different periods throughout the season to help the park implement tern management and monitoring. Don Tyerman, park Biodiversity Specialist, and his staff, maintained and monitored the tern grid system and
September 26, 2022 - Phil McRae
2022 Student Bursary Winners
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park sponsor a Student Bursary Program to encourage post-secondary education and to recognize the excellent work of our seasonal staff. The bursaries are open to all students returning to university, college, or trades training.
This year, we awarded two bursaries to student staff members who are pursuing education in fields related to the environment. The presentations were made August 20th at Stonehedge.
The $3000 Beverlie Cook Career Bursary was awarded to Clarissa Duthie. Clarissa has worked at Presqu’ile Provincial Park for the past five summers
September 26, 2022 - Cindy Richards