Cleaning up Canada’s Deep South: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Event Details

April 27th, 2019, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Middle Point Woods Property, Ontario
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

The sandy beaches of Pelee Island are part of a globally rare ecosystem and are home to many rare species. Garbage, such as bottles and balloons, washes up on shore and poses a threat to these plants and animals. Garbage removal is a top priority for the conservation of the island. Join NCC staff in participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to help the beaches in Canada’s deep south!

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving or catching a ride) please click here. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

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About Middle Point Woods Property

The sandy beaches of Pelee Island are part of a globally rare ecosystem, and are home to many rare species including common hoptree, Lake Erie watersnakes, and many birds, including egrets, bald eagles and terns. NCC’s Middle Point Woods property protects almost 2 km of shoreline and 82 acres (33 hectares) of forest and dune habitat.

What you will be doing

You will walk along ~1 km of sandy coastline of Pelee Island, enjoying exceptional views but also bending down to pick up small items of garbage from the ground. With high lake levels we have lost a lot of beach, so this event will involve lots of scrambling over fallen logs, through brush and up short, steep banks. You will need to carry a full garbage bag for short distances.

Why you will love it

What could be more satisfying than restoring a coastline to its natural state by clearing out old rubbish? While seemingly unglamourous, garbage removal is a top priority for NCC, and it’s rewarding to see our progress throughout the day.

Questions?

Contact Jill Crosthwaite, Coordinator, Conservation Biology: Jill.crosthwaite@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather.
Middle Point Woods is located on Pelee Island, which is accessible by ferry from Leamington. Visit www.ontarioferries.com to learn more about getting here. Plan carefully – the ferry trip is 1.5 hr each way. This can be a great opportunity to book accommodations and spend the weekend exploring Pelee Island! Pele Island is a great spot for bird watching during spring migration. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

We will be working alongside volunteers from several community groups on Pelee Island, and the event has been registered as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes (rubber boots recommended)
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of warm clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
Tools
  • Work or gardening gloves, if you have them (NCC will also provide these)
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication