Murray Harbour Kayak Cleanup
August 24th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Murray Harbour (Nicolle Cove), PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup
Come spend the day cleaning up Murray Harbour Islands with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the PEI Island Nature Trust! We will be kayaking over to the beautiful islands (Thomas, Herring, Gordon, and Reynolds) and picking up marine debris that accumulates on the shores and threatens the marine wildlife.
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This 61 acre (24 ha.), five-island complex is located in the southeastern corner of Prince Edward Island, about 64 km southeast of Charlottetown. The sites act as important nesting grounds for various species of seabirds and colonial nesters, such as Bonaparte’s gull and greater yellowlegs. Beautiful beaches and the harbour waters also allow viewing opportunities for grey and harbour seals. Thomas Island, the last project in the series, concluded the protection of all five properties in 2014 with the help of the Island Nature Trust and the Province of PEI.What you will be doing
Bring your kayak and join Nature Conservancy of Canada as we launch from Murray Harbour to clean the shorelines of four protected island reserves. You will spend the day helping to restore these beautiful islands by cleaning up the garbage that accumulates on them from the marine debris that washes up along their shores. We will kayak to the islands. Depending on which island, the trip is approximately 2-6 km (return). Life jackets are mandatory. Experienced kayakers only - we will not have an intro lesson prior to heading out. After the short kayak we will be walking along the shores, so be prepared for walking about 2-4 km (return), depending which island you go to.Why you will love it
The Murray Harbour Islands are the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature. Taking a short kayak trip from the Machon Point Road beach launching point to the Island beaches, you will get to take in the beautiful scenery of the area and if you're lucky you may see vibrant wildlife that reside on the islands like grey seals, harbour seals, bald eagles, osprey and various other shorebirds!Questions?
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Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package to those that register. Participants must have their own or rented kayak, life jacket, and be able to kayak approximately 2-6 km (return) depending on which island your group is going to. Experienced kayakers only - we will not have an intro lesson prior to heading out.
We would like to thank PEI Island Nature Trust for helping to coordinate this event. We would also like to thank the PEI Wildlife Conservation Fund for funding this 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:
- Work clothing (layers)
- Closed-toe shoes
- Work gloves (if you want to bring your own)
- Life jacket
- Reusable water bottle filled
- Any necessary medication