Notice of the Long Point Biosphere Reserve 2020 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation will take place

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Location –  Long Point Eco Adventures, 1730 Front Road, St. Williams, ON

Outside under the Canopy

Ontario Nature’s Youth Summit Goes Virtual

Each September, Ontario Nature hosts the Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership for high school students from across the province. With health and safety a priority during COVID-19, Ontario Nature, the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University, Plenty Canada and Walpole Island Land Trust are partnering with Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth leaders from across Ontario to offer a unique cross-cultural event.

The Youth Summit will deliver an engaging online experience to develop leadership skills, connect youth with like-minded peers across cultures and grow the momentum for youth action. This year’s theme is “Mother Earth” and will be held as a series of online and offline events, with livestreams on Saturday afternoons from August 22, 2020 to September 19, 2020.  The Summit will offer workshops and seminars with Indigenous Knowledge Holders, Elders, and environmental leaders and experts, including youth.

Long Point Biosphere Reserve to Sponsor Three Students to Participate

The Long Point Biosphere Reserve (LPBR) recognizes the significant importance of this experience for young people and will sponsor three students to participate.

Criteria:

  • Must be aged 14-19 or entering high school this September
  • Must be available to attend all livestreams
  • Must be willing to present their sponsor with a letter of thanks and a summary of their experiences after attending the Youth Summit

Students must write an essay about why they should be selected for a Youth Summit sponsorship and submit their essays to Cynthia Brink at education@longpointbiosphere.com by August 16, 2020.  

Their submissions must also include:

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number (Home and Cell if applicable)
  • Age
  • School, Grade and Interests

President of the Long Point Biosphere Reserve wins Ontario Nature Conservation Award

It is with great pride that the Long Point Biosphere Reserve congratulates our President, Rick Levick, for winning the Ontario Nature Ian Shenstone Fraser Memorial Award for his contributions to reducing wildlife road mortality and his work on the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project.  Rick was nominated by the Norfolk Field Naturalists.

Ontario Nature’s Conservation Awards recognize excellence by honouring the work of individuals, groups, government agencies and corporations to protect wild species and wild spaces in Ontario.

Community involvement defines Ontario Nature’s character and approach. Together with their member groups and individual members, they are protecting and enhancing our natural legacy for future generations.

In accepting the award, Rick said:

“In my 40 year in public relations and marketing, I’ve always made sure that my clients, in this case, the critters that crawl, slither and hop across the Long Point Causeway, get all of the attention and accolades.

While this award recognizes one individual, the success of the Causeway Project involved many people and organizations working together for more 10 years to make our conservation vision a reality. 

Those people include the members of the Steering Committee, the staff at our funding agencies, County staff, several local contractors, the consulting engineers and those poor students who were hired for the worst summer job in Ontario — recording, bagging and tagging road kill on the Causeway.

And it is with all of those people in mind that I am pleased to accept this recognition from Ontario Nature.”

Congratulations Rick, on such well-deserved recognition!

Rick Levick received the Ian Shenstone Fraser Memorial Award for his contributions to reducing wildlife road mortality and his work on the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project.

Help protect Long Point’s turtles. Put a “Watch for Turtles” sign on your front lawn.

Help protect Long Point’s turtles. Put a “Watch for Turtles” sign on your front lawn”

Continued high water levels in Long Point’s marshes are causing turtles to wander farther afield searching for nesting sites and summer locations. That’s why the Long Point Biosphere Reserve (LPBR) is loaning “Watch for Turtles” signs to property owners along the Causeway and throughout Long Point.

The colorful, two-sided signs come with a wire stand for easy installation close to the roadside where they will be seen by passing motorists.

Long Point Biosphere directors John Everett and Cindy Presant

are the contacts for borrowing a “Watch 4 Turtles” sign

 

“The high water levels and storm surges have done such extensive damage to the exclusion fencing along the Causeway that the LPBR has had to postpone repairs to the fencing this year”, says LPBR president Rick Levick.

Levick explained that leaving large gaps in the fencing funnel wildlife into high risk zones and having fencing on just one side of the road risks trapping animals on the roadway. Instead, the LPBR decided to focus on encouraging motorists to watch for turtles and other wildlife crossing Long Point’s roads.  The new “Watch for Turtles” signs are in addition to the large electronic message sign and “Turtle Crossing” signs along the Causeway.

“We’re hoping to prevent the death and injury of turtles and other wildlife on Long Point and throughout the LPBR by asking people to set up these signs on their properties”, says Levick.

Residents and cottagers in the Long Point area who are interested in helping protect our wildlife on roads by setting up a “Watch for Turtles” sign on their properties, should contact Cindy Presant at (519) 586-9258, or John Everett, at (519) 777-2873, to arrange for no-contact curbside pick-up.

 

Bird Day 2020 – Join Us Online!

Public health guidelines mean we can’t physically come together this year to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day—but that shouldn’t stop us from gathering virtually!

Long Point Biosphere Reserve welcomes BIRDS BACK TO CANADA on May 9, 2020.

The Theme for Bird Day 2020 is “Birds Connect Our World”.

The Long Point Biosphere Reserve (LPBR) is joining with Nature Canada and many conservation groups across Canada in bringing their communities together virtually to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Many are hosting online photo sharing sessions that will help nature lovers to discover, defend, and restore migratory bird populations and the natural places they call home. Hundreds of bird species are on the move this spring, many returning to Canada from as far away as South America.

“We’re thrilled that groups from across the country are participating in this year’s bird day celebrations—even as we shift online,” said Graham Saul, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “Birds continue to connect Canadians, and this celebration is of added importance at a time when we are advised to be physically apart. We owe it to these magnificent creatures to defend and protect their habitat so they’re always able to migrate home.”

Here in the LPBR, we are celebrating World Migratory Bird Day online.  RSVP for the event here: RSVP The event runs from 2:00 – 3:00PM on May 9. Hosted by the LPBR’s NatureHood and Cleaning Up Norfolk programs, the event will include an art and photo share and discussion online.

The Long Point Peninsula and Marshes, within the LPBR, is recognized as a globally significant Important Bird and Biodiversity Area due to the remarkable number of staging/feeding birds using the area during spring and fall migration, notably migratory songbirds, waterfowl, and swans. It is home to the Long Point Bird Observatory (the oldest migration monitoring station in the Western Hemisphere), Birds Canada, our national bird conservation organization, and several other local groups that support research and conservation efforts beneficial to birds.

Long Point is an ecological gem situated in the heart of Canada’s most biodiverse region and, for birds, remains one of the nation’s most important places. We can all do our part to help birds in six easy ways – see birdscanada.org to get started.” – Andrew Couturier, an LPBR director and senior scientist at Birds Canada.

The report from BirdLife International, State of the World’s Birds 2018, concludes that birds are in trouble. Forty percent of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in decline, and one in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction.

The State of Canada’s Birds 2019 paints a similarly grim picture. Conservation investments in Canada have made a difference for waterfowl and birds of prey, but actions are needed today to protect declining populations of seabirds, shorebirds, and grassland birds. Threats to birds include habitat loss, climate change, chemical use, and predation by domestic and feral cats. Conservation efforts focused on valuable ecosystems such as Canadian grasslands, oceans, and forests can make a difference.

World Migratory Bird Day raises awareness on the need to conserve birds and their habitats. In Canada, groups are encouraged to register their online events on a virtual map, an initiative led by Nature Canada. You can also follow the discussion online using #BirddayEh.

For more information about our virtual event, visit our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/534001407317507/

or contact:

Cynthia Brink, 226-567-0465, education@longpointbiosphere.com or

Holly Anderson at cleaningupnorfolk@longpointbiosphere.com