Restoration Roundup – Seed Collection and Wetland Tour

Event Details

September 15th, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Florian Diamante Nature Reserve, Pelee Island, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Habitat loss and fragmentation are some of the biggest threats facing native plants and animals in southern Ontario. NCC is addressing this challenge with direct restoration – creating wetlands and sowing seeds in former agricultural fields on our lands. As part of the Fall Flight and Harvest Weekend on Pelee Island, this event will give you first hand experience with habitat restoration on NCC’s Florian Diamante Nature Reserve, starting with a tour of created wetlands and ending with seed collection for further restoration on the property later in the fall.

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About Florian Diamante Nature Reserve, Pelee Island

The Florian Diamante Nature Reserve is a 454 acre mosaic of alvar, forest and agricultural land. Located on one of the shallow-soiled limestone outcrops that formed one of the original “islands” before Pelee was drained, this property supports a diversity of rare species including yellow-breasted chat, blue ash and gray fox. Current agricultural fields on the property provide unique opportunities to restore wetland habitat to the island. Restoration of these areas is providing critical connectivity between previously isolated blocks of natural habitat.

What you will be doing

You will be taking a leisurely walk through a restored field to view wetlands and collect seeds from plants approximately waist/chest height. The terrain is flat, but you will need to push through waist/chest high herbaceous vegetation.

Why you will love it

You will get to see ecological restoration first hand, touring planted meadows from 1-3 years old, including some unique created wetlands. You will learn about restoration and witness 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.

Questions?

Contact Jill Crosthwaite: Jill.crosthwaite@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

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 Kingsville. Visit www.ontarioferries.com to learn more about getting here.

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided
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
  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle