Boughton Island Kayak Kleanup
July 22nd, 2017, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Boughton Island (Georgetown), PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup
Grab your kayak and join us as we clean the shores of Boughton Island, the third largest island off the coast of PEI! Spend a day in the water and on the beach interacting with other nature lovers and help to restore and protect the beautiful coastline along PEI’s eastern shore!
Not a paddler? No problem! The island is accessible from the mainland of PEI by a sandspit, and NCC staff would be happy to lead a group of volunteers who would prefer to travel by foot.
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Just west of Georgetown lies Boughton Island, the third largest island off the coast of PEI. The area contains a wide range of habitats, including sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and coastal bogs. The sandy beaches provide nesting habitat for the endangered piping plover, and the island is home to the one of PEI’s largest great blue heron colonies. NCC had secured over half (391 acres) of the 600 acre island, before transferring the deed to the Province of Prince Edward Island, who manages the whole region under the PEI Natural Area Protection Act.What you will be doing
Help us clean the shores of Boughton Island, the third largest island off the coast of PEI. Garbage tends to accumulate along the shoreline of Boughton Island, including a large number of Styrofoam buoys, nets, rope, and barrels. This debris can have negative effects on wildlife through entanglement or ingestion.
Volunteers will kayak or walk out to the shores of the island and pick up this garbage, collecting it in large piles along the beach to be picked up by boat.
Our volunteers will love the beautiful sand beaches and dunes, and will have the opportunity to see different kinds of seaweed, various shorebirds, a family of bald eagles, great blue herons, and if we're lucky, endangered piping plover! Kayaking around the island is also a breath-taking and worthwhile trip, and usually attracts the attention of the bald eagles, who may join us and circle overhead.Questions?
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Participants should be experienced kayakers as this is not a guided tour, although the distances are fairly short. We are paddling on open ocean water and conditions can change rapidly. Leaders will be keeping an eye on the weather and comfort of group and will modify the event plan accordingly, if necessary. Details of meeting location will be included in the participant package you will receive prior to the event.
Walking to the island is an option for those who are unable or unfamiliar with kayaking. Please let us know if you would prefer to travel by foot when signing up for the event.
Note: NCC does not supply the kayaks. If you do not own a kayak, there are rentals available at Outside Expeditions, Brudenell River.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Layers of warm clothing
- Shoes you don't mind getting wet!
- Reusable water bottle