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EOSC- Free Wetland/Wildlife Bus Tours


Everything you would like to know about wetlands and their wildlife is available on Wetland/Wildlife Bus Tours! On May 3 and 4, in Belleville and Kingston areas, the Eastern Ontario Stewardship Collaborative is offering free bus tours led by experienced guides to view fascinating wetland projects. Note the registration details below.

Wetlands are a tremendous resource, providing valuable services such as flood prevention, drought resilience, and wildlife habitat. In fact, our wetlands abound with exceptional biodiversity and they are teeming with life. Wetlands provide essential habitat for as many as 600 species of wildlife in Canada. Think of the classic image of our great blue heron gracefully soaring overhead. Numerous duck species as well as the elegant loon live and play in our ponds and wetlands. This is an opportunity to learn much more about birds, ducks and other wildlife residing in our wetlands. As part of the tours, our birding expert (with experience of 30 plus years) will conduct short birding forays on site.

The bus tours will visit several distinctive wetland projects and the tour guides will highlight the value of the projects and answer your questions. This is a chance for citizens to find out how to help protect this valuable resource. The tour guides are wetland professionals with backgrounds in ecology and conservation programming.

Many organizations including Ducks Unlimited, Conservation Authorities and Stewardship Councils are working to protect and enhance wetlands in our area. The tour guides can direct landowners to appropriate expertise and funding help for those interested in their own wetland projects. Belleville Tour: On Saturday, May 3, the bus tour by luxury coach departs from Belleville at 9 am. Participants will visit two excellent wetland project sites in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. Other sites will be pointed out enroute. The tour will take approximately 3 ½ hours, and the bus will return to Belleville at about 12:30 pm. Kingston Tour: On Sunday, May 4, the bus tour by luxury coach departs from Glenburnie at 12:30 pm. Participants will visit two excellent wetland project sites in Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Counties. Other sites will be pointed out enroute. The tour will take approximately 3 ½ hours, and the bus will return to Glenburnie at about 4 pm.

 

 Bring your rubber boots and be prepared for some walking and mucking about. Included in the tours are a wetland information package, snacks and drinks. There is no charge for the tours; they are compliments of the Eastern Ontario Stewardship Collaborative. Registration is required by April 25.  For registration or more information, contact Lesley at 613-389-0418, ext. 131 or l_rudy@ducks.ca