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Prince Edward Point Observatory (PEPtBO) has just released Nature Matters!—the first-of-a-kind calendar and descriptions of dozens of local nature-related events from May until October in Prince Edward County. The 48-page, full colour booklet is now available across the County and online at http://peptbo.ca/nature-matters.php.

PEPtBO initiated this project to bring together public programs and activities that focus on the natural world, particularly the unique habitat provided by the County’s South Shore and Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, which carry the international designation as an IBA: an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.

“There’s much to celebrate about nature in the County!  Such beauty and diversity to appreciate and protect along the South Shore where PEPtBO acts as official caretaker of the IBA,” Peter Fuller, PEPtBO President, explained.

“We were delighted to spearhead the Nature Matters! project and showcase the variety of exciting programs and activities planned this year by some 15 outdoor, naturalist and environmental groups. There’s something that will appeal to everyone of every age in the booklet.  We invite County residents, families, and visitors to check out the events, register or turn up as required, and enjoy the bounty nature has to offer right here.”

The Nature Matters! booklet provides details, maps and contact information on:

· The Walleye World Fishing Derby (Kiwanis Club)

· The Spring Birding Festival and Migration Matters in the fall (PEPtBO)

· Birding excursions and a 24-hour BioBlitz (Prince Edward County Field Naturalists)

· The Annual Black River Canoe Trip (St. Philip’s Anglican Church)

· Exploring butterflies and flowers in the IBA (Fuller Native and Rare Plants)

· A birthday bash and later dog day days of summer fun (Mariners Park Museum)

 ·Graveyard & Gallows Walking tours (Macaulay Heritage Park)

 ·A guided walk to Point Traverse Lighthouse (Save Our Lighthouses)

 ·A honey tour and taste (Long Point Honey Co.)

 ·Heirloom tomato-tasting and harvest extravaganza (Vicki’s Veggies)

 ·Building a bird feeder (the 72nd Milford Fall Fair)

 ·Making a scarecrow at the Scarecrow Festival (Small Pond Arts)

·Exploring the October night sky (at PEPtBO)

Nature Matters! benefits from the support of the Gosling Foundation, NatureHood Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. PEPtBO is grateful to every organization and advertiser that came on board. Special thanks go to PEPtBO Board member Borys Holowacz, who conceived, designed and oversaw the production of the publication.

For further information: Cheryl Anderson 613 849 7743; cherylanderson23@sympatico.ca