Hit the ground muddin’ – Percival River Garbage Run

Event Details

October 14th, 2017, 12:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Percival River Complex (Egmont Bay), PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Roll up your sleeves and join NCC this fall to help clean garbage and marine debris off the shores of our beautiful Percival River Nature Reserve! Birders can get excited as we will also be conducting a survey of waterfowl that use Percival River as a migratory stop-over on the Atlantic Flyway.

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About Percival River Complex (Egmont Bay)

Approximately 50 km northwest of Summerside, Percival River provides Islanders with a view rarely seen on Prince Edward Island: forest all around you. Spared from major agricultural conversion due to low-lying wetlands, its forests and salt marshes feature a network of habitat corridors reaching all the way to the North shore of the Conway Narrows. With 546 acres (220 ha.) of conserved habitat, the complex makes a great home to species such as the magnolia warbler, northern leopard frog and barred owl.

What you will be doing

For this event, we will be hiking into the wetland and shoreline area to collect garbage and marine debris. Volunteers will be tracking this waste using the Marine Debris Tracker app to help collect data for marine debris research. We will also be conducting a short survey for waterfowl in order to have a better understanding of the species that use this area for a migratory stop-over.

Why you will love it

Volunteers will be reducing the risks that shoreline litter pose on wildlife, such as choking, ingestion, and entanglement. Volunteers will also get to experience a rare sight in PEI, pristine forested river and wetlands. Birders can get excited too, as we will have the chance to see plenty of waterfowl species that use the area during fall migration along the Atlantic Flyway.


Contact Courtney Thompson: courtney.thompson@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

We will be cleaning up some marshy areas along the riverside and shoreline, so make sure to wear waterproof or water-resistant shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

NCC will provide snacks and water, and will have gloves and garbage bags handy, though volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer.

The event will take place rain or shine, although it may be rescheduled in heavy rain or if conditions are unsafe for working outside. NCC staff will be in touch with volunteers as soon as possible if the event is to be postponed.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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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:

  • Warm layers of clothing
  • Water-resistant footwear
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch