Changing the Fortunes of the Common Tern
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Presqu’ile between May and August, just take a moment to stop and listen along the shoreline and you will be rewarded by the shrill cry keeuri-keeuri-keeuri of Common Terns foraging just offshore. These beautiful waterbirds are about the size of a blue-jay but are rarely seen on land, spending most of their time over the water and, in the winter, off the coast of Peru.
Despite their name, populations of Common Terns are in continuous decline across inland regions of North America, with up to 42% decline in parts of Ontario since the 1980s, most
July 20, 2018
Summer 2018 Well Underway
Summer 2018 has started out much different from 2017. For starters we have a beach! Last year’s high water has actually helped the beach situation having deposited a great deal of sand on the beach. So now, even with the water still a bit above long term average, the beach is high and dry and a big hit with visitors. Unfortunately the Piping Plovers did not return this year. Our female from 2016 did nest at Darlington and paid a brief visit to her old neighbourhood here at Presqu’ile from July 8th to the 13th before moving on.
This year is Ontario Parks' 125th
July 16, 2018 - David Bree
Life Membership Awards 2018
2018 Life Member Awards
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park
The Board of Directors of the Friends of Presqu’ile Park is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 Life Membership Award. Life Memberships are granted to those individuals who have demonstrated significant, sustained and high-quality volunteer service over a period of years. Life Members reflect a dedication to the values of the Friends.
For 2018, two couples have been added to the ranks of Life Members. Congratulations to John and Eileen Cockburn and Brian and Nancy Sutton. Both couples began their
June 28, 2018
Welcome New Board Members
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park recently held elections for the Board of Directors. Four members of the Board are continuing into a subsequent year in their terms. They are: Bev Cook, David Crouch, Tim Lawley, and Phil McRae. Two new Directors were elected at the AGM; they are Larry Paradis and Donal Gray.
Larry Paradis and his wife Carole moved to Presqu’ile a year and a half ago from Squamish, BC. Larry spent the last 12 years as Operations Manager for the Sea to Sky Highway Project. Previous to that, Larry was the Operations Manager for Miller Maintenance
June 28, 2018
2018 Volunteer of the Year
Each year, The Friends of Presqu’ile honour our Volunteer of the Year with the presentation of the John Cole Award. For 2018, the award was presented to Joyce Boucher.
Joyce is the force behind the Friends of Presqu’ile Gift Shop located in the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre. The gift shop is a major fund raiser for the Friends. Of equal importance is Joyce’s role as the face of the Friends to many visitors to Presqu’ile Provincial Park. They know they can receive reliable advice about The Friends, The Park and the town of Brighton. They can buy a
June 18, 2018
AGM 2018 Invitation
Bev Cook, Chair,
on behalf ofthe Board of The Friends of Presqu’ile Park,
invites you to the
Annual General Meeting
Saturday, June 2, 2018
At Stonehedge, Lighthouse Lane,
Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Coffee at 10:00 am • AGM starts at 10:30 am
and will be followed by lunch
Please send your RSVP to Bev Cook, by Friday, May18.
Telephone 613 475 1688 or
Park admission is free- simply advise gate staff that you are attending the AGM.
Volunteers will be on hand to register attendees and to take
May 15, 2018 - Bev Cook
KIDS ‘N Nature Camps 2018
KIDS ‘N Nature Camps 2018 by Janine McClintock
Parents and grandparents are signing up children for our Kids ‘n Nature Summer Camps – and they couldn’t be more excited!
‘I would like to sign my daughter up for this camp. It will be her 3rd summer with you. She loves it and so do I!’
Since our outdoor adventure camp experience has proved to be so popular, we get a lot of repeat customers. To keep activities fresh, we offer different themes every week. Each camp week will include nature-based games, crafts, learning activities, hiking and 3 beach
May 15, 2018 - Janine McClintock
Warblers & Whimbrels Weekend 2018
PRESS RELEASE – Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend at Presqu’ile – May 19-20/2018
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park are pleased to announce that Spring is finally here! And with Spring comes the return of tens of thousands of smaller birds and shorebirds that migrate through Presqu’ile Provincial Park on their way north. These are some of the most beautiful and sought after birds for birdwatchers and this weekend is packed with activities designed to introduce visitors to these birds and the fine art of bird watching.
On both Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20
May 9, 2018
Meet our 2018 Kids 'n Nature staff
Every summer, the Friends of Presqu'ile hire summer students to support the park's Natural Heritage Education Program and the Friends' Kids 'n Nature program. This year we have received three Summer Experience Opportunity grants and two Canada Summer Jobs grants to help us fund these positions.
While most staff start in early July, the Kids 'n Nature staff started this first week of May preparing for our popular school outreach program. Our interpreters will be going into classrooms to teach local students about all the biodiversity that Presqu'ile has to offer.
May 3, 2018 - Janine McClintock