Fall Foraging: Native Seed Collection for Restoration
September 14th, 2019, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Florian Diamante Nature Reserve (Pelee Island), Ontario
Habitat loss and fragmentation are some of the biggest threats facing native plants and animals in southern Ontario. We’re addressing this challenge with direct restoration – creating wetlands and sowing seeds in former agricultural fields on our properties! As part of the Fall Flight and Harvest Weekend on Pelee Island, this event will give you first hand experience with habitat restoration, starting off with a tour of the new wetlands and ending with some seed collection for future projects in the fall.
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This 184 hectare (454 ac.) nature reserve is a mosaic of landscapes, made up of alvar, forest, restored agricultural land and restored wetlands. Located on a shallow-soiled limestone outcrop that formed one of the original Pelee “islands”, this property supports many unique and rare species, including yellow-breasted chat, snapping turtle, blue racer and gray fox.
NCC acquired Florian with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.What you will be doing
You will walk through a restored field to view the wetlands and collect seeds from plants approximately waist/chest height. This will require trekking through tall vegetation over flat terrain.Why you will love it
Get ready to learn about ecological restoration first hand, touring planted meadows from 1-4 years old and renovated wetlands. You'll also get to support native plant distribution and observe lots of busy pollinators getting ready for the winter!
This event is part of the Fall Flight and Harvest Weekend – make a weekend of it and check out some of the other nature-themed events on the island! Visit the Pelee Island Heritage Centre website for more information.
Contact Jill Crosthwaite, Coordinator, Conservation Biology: Jill.email@example.com
This event will proceed rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather. The Florian Diamante Nature Reserve is located on Pelee Island, which is accessible by ferry from Leamington. Visit www.ontarioferries.com to learn more about getting here.
To attend this event, you must spend the previous night on the island. There is no ferry in the morning that will get you to the location in time for the event.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Closed-toe footwear
- Long pants
- Long shirt
- Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
- Sun hat
- Rain gear
- 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
- Bug spray
- Any necessary medications