Warblers & Whimbrels Weekend 2022
Join Presqu’ile Park staff and volunteers on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd for Warblers and Whimbrels weekend. This event celebrates the spring migration of the smaller birds, such as warblers, and the shorebirds, like the Whimbrel, that annually stop at Presqu’ile on their way north. Presqu’ile’s location and its varied habitats make it a popular stopover for migrating birds.
The birds rest and feed before moving north; so, this gives birders a great opportunity to see and appreciate a wide range of bird species. Those new to birding, as well as experienced birders
May 13, 2022
May 2022 Park Update
The summer season is set to begin, and we are expecting another very busy summer for both camping and day-use. We opened for spring camping for the first time since 2019 and there are lots of new and returning campers out enjoying the park.
The Advance Daily Vehicle Permit System that was piloted at select parks last year was deemed a success at helping to control visitation and guarantee access for those travelling large distances. This system will run again this year and has been expanded to include 32 other parks. If you need help making a reservation this handy blog post will walk you
May 13, 2022 - Kristen Osborne, Chief Park Naturalist
2022 AGM Invitation
Phil McRae, Chair
on behalf of
the Board of the Friends of Presqu’ile Park
invites your participation in our
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Saturday, June 11, 2022
at the Amphitheatre
Presqu'ile Provincial Park
AGM starts at 10:30 a.m.
and will be followed by lunch
Please fill out our RSVP form no later than May 31st by clicking here .
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 membership dues.
May 13, 2022 - Phil McRae
Tips and Tools to Enjoy the Park
A day spent in nature is so important to our health and well-being. Presqu’ile Provincial Park has a plethora of ways to make your visit fun for young and old alike. The Park is beautiful in all seasons with so many trails providing opportunities to view nature up close.
The Friends of Presqu’ile’s newly updated website has plenty of resources to enhance your visit. The website section called Enjoy the Park, has activities for everyone. If you want to enjoy the Park’s trails, you can download Trail Guides to keep you on the right track. While you are enjoying a stroll on the trails,
May 13, 2022 - Bev Cook
2021 Common Tern Management Report
Dear Friends of Presqu'ile Park,
We wanted to briefly report on the 2021 work with Common Terns at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, which was supported, in part, by a Research Grant from the Friends. Data from this year was presented at the Great Lakes Area Working Group on Colonial Waterbirds in October.
In Fall 2020, through financial support from the Friends, Don Tyerman (Presqu'ile's Biodiversity Specialist) and his crew erected two new predator exclusion grids, building on the successful design from summer 2019. This increased the nesting space available on High Bluff
May 13, 2022 - Jennifer M Arnold
Kids 'n Nature Videos for Earth Day
Students at Northumberland Hills Public School in Castleton, Ontario recognized the value of local nature this Earth Day, with the help of the Kids ‘n Nature Online videos. The series of education videos for elementary schools was released by the Friends of Presqu’ile Park in early 2022.
During their weekly library visit, students watched a video featuring naturalist Sydney leading a virtual trip on the Marsh Boardwalk. Along the way they learned how frogs, turtles and dragonflies that live in Presqu’ile’s marsh help humans. Teacher-librarian Janine McClintock shared with classes
May 13, 2022 - Janine McClintock
Memorial Tree Planting - April 2022
In spite of the advance weather predictions, Saturday April 16, our planting day, was a beautiful, but chilly, sunny day. Donors and donor families indicated they planned to spend a good portion of the day, following their planting, enjoying the park. With the help of Don, Mike, Colin and Bjorn, donors planted 18 trees, in the island where the park and residential roads separate.
Many were planted in memory of or to honour family members. One couple donated a tree to honour their two friends, who were married in Presqu'ile in 2021 and both couples took part in the planting. Another
May 13, 2022 - Phil McRae
Piping Plover Guardians Needed
Ontario Parks Piping Plover Biologist Monica Fromberger has informed us that there are two Piping Plovers on Presqu’iles beach who are showing breeding behaviour.
This is exciting news! The last time Piping Plovers nested at Presqu'ile was 2016. That was 100 years after the previous documented nesting. You can read more about the 2016 Presqu'ile plovers here.
These birds are an endangered species. They like to nest on sandy beaches and there within lies the problem. Sandy beaches are the same places that people like to go to play. While it is fun to go to the
May 11, 2022