2015 PECFN Bioblitz at Point Petre

February 25, 2016 Borys Holowacz Latest Posts

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The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists organized their second annual Bioblitz at Point Petre on June 20-21 2015, a site which is also within the South Shore Important Bird Area.

The objectives were to conduct a biological survey including both experts and non-experts and give members of the community the opportunity to discover the natural values of the Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area.

Many interesting plants species associated with alvars were noted (e.g. Carex crawei, Ranunculus fascicularis, Potentilla argutea, Verbena simplex, Houstonia longifolia and Rhus aromatica); the second location of Shining Ladies-tresses Orchid for the county and the first for the South Shore was recorded; a population of Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), a Carolinean species, in Point Petre Woods (only record for the county and uncommon in the Kingston region) as well as Purple Cress (Cardamine douglasii) another species near it’s northern limit, are still present and thriving since they were noted in 1973; the high diversity of birds present included unusual species and species at risk such as Clay-colored Sparrow, Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoo, Whip-poor-will, Upland Sandpiper, Least Bittern and nesting White-throated Sparrow; with respect to reptiles, of special interest were the three sightings of Blanding’s Turtle (Threatened in Ontario) made in the vicinity of Simpson Rd.

Take time to review the report by clicking here or on the image above.

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