NEW | David Bree, Chief Park Naturalist Retires
David Bree, Chief Park Naturalist for Presqu’ile Park, is retiring after a 32-year career with Ontario Parks. During his career, David has served in six different provincial parks. He settled at Presqu’ile some 15 years ago to become the Chief Naturalist.
Every year, David hires and trains a team of enthusiastic young people who want to make the Park experience a great one for all visitors – young and old alike. Over the years, David has mentored more than 150 students and young staff in naturalist positions. Some staff have stayed for five years or more. These young
May 5, 2021 - Bev Cook
NEW | SAVE THE DATE:
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park
2021 Annual General Meeting
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Further information will be sent out mid-May.
May 5, 2021
NEW | Presqu’ile Tagged Monarchs Recovered in Mexico
Monarch Watch has updated the monarch tag recovery database for Central Mexico. About 670 tags were purchased by a Monarch Watch representative, who visited the various Mexican communities where monarchs winter in the spring of 2021. Needless to say, the COVID -19 pandemic made this work more challenging!
For Presqu’ile Provincial Park, a wild male released on Sept. 5, 2020 was recovered, and a wild female, released on Sept. 1, 2019 during 34th Monarchs and Migrants Weekend, was also purchased – both at the El Rosario sanctuary. The direct distance from Presqu’ile to El Rosario
May 5, 2021 - Don Davis
NEW | Counting Birds: the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas
Photo: Common Yellowthroat
What’s not on lockdown? The birds! Accordingly, there may never be a better time to head off into the woods and do some bird watching.
And if that’s your interest, just maybe you want to go a step further and put your bird identification skills to use by helping with a survey of all Ontario’s breeding birds. It’s a big job. So if you care about birds and their conservation, perhaps you’d like to join a province-wide effort to count and record breeding birds and then contribute that data to the third edition of the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas.
May 5, 2021 - Kathie Baggett
NEW | Kids ‘N Nature Goes Virtual
In a normal year, the Kids 'N Nature educational program offered by the Friends of Presqu'ile would involve over 1300 children from local schools. Unfortunately, COVID -19 forced cancellation of Kids 'N Nature in 2020 and again this year. The question for the Board was how to continue this program when we were not able to place an interpreter in the classroom. The answer was to go virtual with Kids ‘N Nature. The Board approved a plan to develop a series of 30-minute curriculum related videos focusing on the biodiversity of Presqu’ile Park geared to students in
May 5, 2021 - Christine McIvor, Chair
NEW | Marsh Boardwalk Update
As most of you know, the Marsh Boardwalk has been closed since 2019 when severe spring flooding caused major damage. Last year, the Friends launched a very successful fund-raising campaign to Raise the Boardwalk.
A small crew of dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly over the summer and early fall to stabilize the boardwalk and raise it to a safer level. Unfortunately, the team discovered more structural damage, necessitating additional repairs to the Boardwalk.
COVID restrictions have meant that volunteers are not able to work on this project; but Park staff have taken on the challenge
May 5, 2021 - Larry Paradis
NEW | Park Update
Another summer season is set to begin, and we are expecting another very busy summer here at the park. Last summer we set record numbers seeing an increase of 60% in day-use visitation. When you visit this summer, be prepared to “pack your patience” and try visiting on a weekday when we are generally less busy.
Office staff have now moved into the new park office, after nearly 4 years in the trailer, everyone is happy to have their own space again. The new office is currently closed to visitors due to the lockdown, but the Main Gate is now open daily.
With the current stay-at-home
May 5, 2021 - Kristen Osborne
NEW | Memorial Tree Planting Program
The Friends Memorial Tree Planting Program was established to offer the public an opportunity to plant a tree in Presqu'ile Park, in memory of, or to honour someone and at the same time help in the reforestation of the park. The Memorial Trees are grown in the park nursery from seeds collected from trees in the park.
Donors can choose either a deciduous or coniferous tree. Park Staff and Friends Volunteers prepare the planting sites, provide the required planting equipment, and assist donors in the planting of their Memorial Trees. The Memorial Trees are planted on the third
May 5, 2021 - Phil McRae, Director Ecology